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How To: Basic Cocktails

Now that you have mastered the home bar space, you are now ready to make some sexy drinks. Most bartenders say that if you know how to make the below drinks, you will be ready to make anything thrown at you, well almost anything.

 

Martini

 

Fill a shaker ¾ full with ice and pour in a splash of very dry vermouth.

 

Shake well. Gently pour the vermouth (through the strainer, leaving the ice in the shaker) down the drain.

 

Pour 2 oz. vodka or gin into the shaker.

 

Shake well; pour into an ice-cold (chilled in the freezer) martini glass.

 

Garnish with a few olives, a twist of lemon peel or, to make a Gibson, cocktail onions.

 

Cosmopolitan
 

In a cocktail shaker, combine 1 ½ ounce vodka, 1 cup ice, and ¼ ounce each of lime juice, cranberry juice and triple sec.
 

Shake well and strain into an ice-cold martini glass.
 

Garnish with a lime wedge.

 

Champagne Cocktail

 

Put 1 sugar cube and 2 dashes bitters into a chilled champagne flute.

 

Fill the glass with champagne.

 

A twist of lemon peel is optional.

 

Margarita

 

Rub the rim of a cocktail glass with a wedge of lime and dip the rim in a saucer of coarse salt.

 

Put 1 ½ ounce tequila, ½ ounce triple sec, 1 ounce lime juice and a few handfuls of ice in a shaker.

 

Shake well and strain into the glass. Garnish with a wheel of lime.

 

Bloody Mary

 

Pour 3 ounce tomato juice, 1 ½ ounce vodka, ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 2-3 drops Tabasco sauce and a dash of lemon juice in a shaker.

 

Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

Shake well and strain into a highball glass over ice cubes.

 

Garnish with a celery stalk. Some also garnish with a wedge of lime. 

Posted by: / May 24, 2010

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