Bartending For Dummies
Good bartenders pride themselves on being knowledgeable about cocktail recipes and also being proficient in the art of properly serving their guests and patrons. With a healthy repertoire of popular mixed drink recipes and the right ingredients at your disposal, you can be the life of any gathering.
Classic Cocktail Recipes That Are Great for All Occasions
The cocktail recipes listed here are classics for a reason: They taste good. Whether you're a professional bartender or just someone who likes to throw cocktail parties at home, you should know these mixed drink recipes like you know how to make toast.
A sweet and creamy delight.
1-1⁄2 oz. Brandy or Cognac
1⁄2 oz. Dark Crème de Cacao
1 oz. Sweet Cream or Ice Cream
Shake all ingredients with ice. Strain into a Margarita glass.
This cocktail is probably the most famous of the "Hair of the Dog" morning-after concoctions.
1-1⁄4 oz. Vodka
2-1⁄2 oz. Tomato Juice
dash Worcestershire Sauce
dash Tabasco Sauce
dash Salt and Pepper
Pour vodka over ice in a tall glass. Fill with tomato juice. Add a dash or two of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce. Stir and garnish with a celery stalk. For those who enjoy their Bloody Marys extremely spicy, add more Tabasco or even horseradish.
Long Island Iced Tea
There are many variations on this popular drink.
1⁄2 oz. Vodka
1⁄2 oz. Rum
1⁄2 oz. Gin
1⁄2 oz. Triple Sec
1⁄2 oz. Tequila
3 oz. Cola
Shake the first five ingredients with ice and strain into a tall glass. Fill with cola. Garnish with lemon.
A classic tropical drink.
3⁄4 oz. Bacardi Light Rum
1⁄4 oz. Bacardi 151 Rum
1⁄2 oz. Orange Curacao
1⁄2 oz. Rose's Lime Juice
1⁄4 oz. Orgeat Syrup
1⁄4 oz. Simple Syrup
Stir ingredients with ice in a tall glass. Garnish with mint, cherry, and pineapple.
If you make this cocktail correctly, you'll never hear your guests utter this classic line from The Simpsons: "What did I do to deserve this flat, flavorless Manhattan?"
2 oz. American or Canadian Whisky
splash Sweet or Dry Vermouth
dash Angostura Bitters
Stir ingredients in a rocks glass. Garnish with a cherry.
A great drink for a hot summer day.
1 oz. Tequila
1 oz. Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 oz. Sweet & Sour Mix or Lime Juice
Shake ingredients with ice or blend ingredients with crushed ice. Serve in a salt-rimmed glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
A simple and elegant classic.
2 oz. Gin
dash Extra Dry Vermouth
Shake or stir gin and vermouth with ice. Strain and serve in a cocktail glass straight up or over ice. Garnish with a twist or an olive.
If you're worried about calories, you can use whole milk or half-and-half instead of cream, but cream tastes better. Skim and two-percent milk produce unsatisfactory results. The Dude in The Big Lebowski settled for non-dairy creamer powder in one scene; that option is for emergencies only.
1-1⁄2 oz. Vodka
1⁄2 oz. Kahlúa
1⁄2 oz. Cream
Shake ingredients and serve over ice in a rocks glass.
A Basic Bar Setup for a Limited Budget
Setting up a home bar can become quite costly. The variety of liquors available today is mind-boggling. How do you pare down your shopping list to the essentials? Some bartenders might scoff at the idea of not having both American and Canadian whiskey in a bar. And do you really need both dry and sweet vermouth? The options can be overwhelming. For simple entertaining, even if you're on a limited budget, start with the following items:
|One 750 ml bottle of gin||One 750 ml bottle of whiskey (Bourbon, Canadian, etc.)|
|One 750 ml bottle of rum||One 750 ml bottle of white domestic wine|
|One 750 ml bottle of tequila||One 750 ml bottle of red domestic wine|
|One 750 ml bottle of vodka||Twelve 12-oz. bottles of beer (domestic or imported)|
|Three 750 ml bottles of the liqueurs and cordials of your choice (such as Irish cream, coffee liqueur, Grand Marnier, triple sec, Cointreau, Sambuca, white or green crème de menthe, Galliano, B&B, Frangelico, amaretto, peach schnapps, and so on)|
Necessary Supplies for Your Bar
Bartending, even at home, requires lots of supplies, mixers, and garnishes. In addition to beer, wine, liquors, and liqueurs, a decent home bar should have the following supplies if you plan on serving cocktails. You need one bottle of the following mixers for every five guests:
|Cola or diet cola||Lime juice|
|Cranberry juice||Orange juice|
|Ginger ale||Pineapple juice|
|Grapefruit juice||Seltzer water or club soda|
|Lemon juice or lemon mix||Tomato juice|
|Lemon-Lime soda||Tonic water|
You also need these fruits, garnishes, and seasonings:
|Lemon twists||Angostura bitters|
|Lime and lemon wedges||Salt and pepper|
|Maraschino cherries||Superfine sugar|
|Orange slices||Worcestershire sauce|