10 Essential Rules For Making Cocktails

  1. Begin with classics

When it comes to making cocktails, it is always good to begin making the classic ones first before experimenting with the newer ones.

  1. Alcohol is paramount

50 ml of the alcohol should be made with spirits while the remaining with other items as it is easy to give the alcohol flavour but difficult to remove its flavour. Therefore, it is best to pour the alcohol into the shaker last.

  1. The second most essential ingredient is ice

Ice is imperative for keeping the drinks chilled as well as providing dilution. The ice needed to make the alcohol should always be more than the alcohol itself.

  1. Mixers are not needed

Necessary ingredients for cocktails are ice, lemons, limes, sugar and such. Ingredients like Diet Coke or concentrated orange juice are not needed.

  1. Keep it simple

Ingredients used to make cocktails should be kept simple. In general, not more than two or three ingredients should be used to make cocktails.

  1. Keep the flavours balanced

The flavours in a cocktail drink should be kept balanced so that one flavour does not dominate the other.

  1. Keep it nice

It is always good to make a cocktail look presentable regardless of whether it is made for yourself or someone else.

  1. Shake only cocktails with fruit in them

Two kinds of cocktails exist, namely aromatic cocktails and sour cocktails. The former contains only alcoholic ingredients while the latter contains ingredients like fruits or cream. The former, which is often dry or bitter should be stirred with ice which dilutes and smoothens its texture. The latter which is creamier should be shook more to dilute and alter its texture. These two variations can also be diluted with water or tea to make long drinks.

  1. All the ingredients matter

Every ingredient used to make a cocktail is essential to ensure the cocktail is of the highest quality possible when it comes to taste.

  1. On the contrary, it also does not really matter at times

When the ingredients used to make cocktail are not mixed correctly, it does not really matter as the whole purpose of drinking a cocktail is to have a good time.

Get To Know Your Liquor

  1. Vodka

Vodka has the lowest calorific value in any liquor. Vodka is not only made in Russia but also in countries like Poland, France and USA. Vodkas made from potatoes, beets, corn and grapes are suitable for people with gluten intolerance. Vodka can be mixed with tonic, seltzer water or cranberry juice. Good examples of vodka are drinks like Screwdriver, Bloody Mary, Martini, Cosmopolitan and Moscow Mule. These drinks pair well with foods like cheese, smoked salmon or pickles.

  1. Rum

Rum has Caribbean origins and is made from sugarcane or molasses. Rum is normally paired with fruity and sweet flavours due to its tropical origins and contains both dark and light varieties but the light ones are more common. Some examples are Cuba Libre, Daquiri, Pina Colada and Mojito. Rum is best consumed with foods like ribs, jerk chicken or sweet potatoes. The dark variety can also be used for cooking.

  1. Gin

Gin has its roots in the Netherlands and is originally used for medicinal purposes. Gin is already naturally flavoured so it does not need that much mixing. A gin needs to be distilled with juniper berries to be truly called a jin. Good examples of Jin are Gin Martini, Tom Collins, Gin Fizz and French 75. Gin is best paired with foods like fruit, cheese and nuts.

  1. Tequilla

Tequilla has Mexican roots and is made by distilling blue agave plant. There are two different kinds of tequillas which are aged and not aged ones. Silver (Blanco) is not aged while Rested (Reposado) and Aged (Anejo) are aged. Gold (Oro/Joven) is however, a mixture of aged and not aged tequillas. Tequillas also have a dried worm at the bottom. Examples of Tequilla are drinks like Margarita, Tequilla Sunrise, Paloma and Bloody Maria. Tequilla is also best consumed with dishes like ceviche, grilled meat or seafood.

  1. Whiskey

Whiskey has many different names like whisky, bourbon, scotch, rye, brandy or cognac due to these different types of liquors being made in different countries. Whiskeys come into two variations which are the gluten-free variation and the original version. The original ones are made from fermented grains while the gluten-free ones are made from corn. Some examples are Whisky Sour, Mint Julep, Hot Toddy and Irish Coffee. Whiskey is best consumed with meat dishes like steak, lamb or turkey.

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Types Of Wine Grapes

Wine Grapes

Types of white wine grapes

  1. Riesling (Rees-ling)

When it comes to pairing this wine with other foods, it goes well with meats like fish, chicken and pork. The Riesling grape can be found in Germany in all wine districts and America. Germany produces slightly sweet and acidic Rieslings while the ones from Alsace and Eastern USA are similar in terms of aroma but not sweet. California Rieslings are however, sweeter but lack acidity. Riesling wines have the aroma of fresh apples and the taste improves with age. Check this list out for some of the best Riesling.

  1. Gewurztraminer (Gah-vurtz-tra-meener)

This wine is best paired with Asian foods, pork and grill sausages. The grapes can be found in Alsace, Germany, USA West Coast and New York. In terms of taste, it is fruity and contains aromas of rose petal, peach, lychee and allspice. Check out Wine Enthusiast for some recommendations.

  1. Chardonnay (Shar-doe-nay)

This wine is best paired with foods like fish and chicken dishes. The grapes are found Burgundy and this wine often tastes smooth, citrus like fruity with slight amounts of melon, vanilla, warmth and creaminess. Here are some good ones.

  1. Sauvignon blanc (So-vee-nyon Blah)

This wine is best paired with foods like seafood, poultry and salads. The grapes are found in areas like New Zealand, Australia and France. The Australian ones tend to be flat and lack fruit qualities. The ones in France are grown in the Bordeaux district and the upper Loire valley. The wine tastes either fruity or smoky depending on the variations. Here’s a list of some of the best.

Types of red wine grapes

  1. Syrah (Sah-ra or Shi-raz)

This wine is best paired with meats like steak, wild game or stews. The grapes are usually found in France’s Rhone Valley, California and Australia. It varies in its taste as some can taste fruity, coffee like or even hearty and spicy. Here are the award winners for 2018.

  1. Merlot (Mer-lo)

This wine can be paired with any type of food. Its grapes are typically found in the Bordeaux region of France but it is also now grown in the US West Coast, Australia and other countries. It typically has black cherry or herbal like flavours. It is also suitable for people new to red wine. Here are some to start with.

  1. Cabernet Sauvigon (Ka-ber-nay So-vee-nyon)

This wine is best paired with red meat. The grapes can be found wherever red wine grapes grow except for Germany. Its taste is potent when young and tends to get better with age. Some have tastes of vanilla from the oak treatment which overpowers its taste. On a budget? Here are some of the best for below $50.

  1. Pinot Noir (Pee-no Nwar)

This wine is best paired with grilled salmon, chicken, lamb and Japanese dishes. Its grapes are a challenge to grow and is responsible for producing wines in Burgundy, France, Austria, California, Oregon and New Zealand. Its taste is usually soft and fruity. Here are some great starters.




The Top 10 Kinds Of Beer

  1. Ale

These beers are the most popular and are brewed from malted barley. Different varieties like pale, brown, cream and other flavours are available. Some examples are Newcastle Brown Ale and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

  1. Lager

These beers are on the lighter side when it comes to flavour and colour. They are also more carbonated which results in them being more frothy. Some examples are Corona and Sapporo.

  1. Pilsner

A few characteristics that define these beers are their crisp body, light colours and drinkability on hot days. Some examples are Becks and Prima Pils.

  1. Stout

These beers are thick, dark and rich as the name implies but not necessarily high in alcohol content. Some examples are Old Rasputin Imperial Stout and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout.

  1. Porter

These beers when consumed are like drinking a loaf of bread. Some examples are, Fuller’s London Porter and Duck-Rabbit Porter.

  1. Bock

These beers belong to the lager family but are usually stronger and sweeter in taste. Some examples are Sam Adams Winter Lager and Anchor Bock Beer.

  1. Weissbier

These are wheat beers brewed in the German style and known for their sweetness. This is done using malted wheat instead of barley resulting in a beer with strong taste. Some examples are Blue Moon and Shock Top.

  1. Lambic

This beer is created using a spontaneous fermentation method by Belgians resulting in a dry, cider-like taste and a strong punch. Some examples are Lindemans Framboise and Cantillon Rose De Gambrinus.

  1. Kolsch

These beers are brewed in such a fashion that it is warm when fermented and aged at cold temperatures. They are pale, clear and bitter in taste. These beers are also widely appreciated among German beer purists. Some examples are Sunner Kolsch and Gaffel Kolsch.

  1. Malt Liquor

This is a type of lager. Some examples are Steel Reserve and Olde English.