Each one of us has tried one or the other cocktail, at least once in our life. The delicious taste and everlasting thrill cocktails offer have even urged us to go for different varieties of cocktails, and some of us might have experimented on several drinks to make a perfect cocktail.
The origin of cocktails can be dated back to the early 19th century, where it began as a simple mix of sugar, spirit, bitters, and water. However, cocktails have become a lot more extravagant and innovative over the last few years, and there are more than thousands of popular cocktails available to us today.
Cocktails are made using different methods such as stirred, shaken, and strained, crushed, blended, flamed, layered, and even thrown. If you are new to the world of cocktails, here are a few common cocktail jargons and terminologies you should know.
This means the bartender has made sure that there are no ice fragments present in your drink, by twice straining it just after shaking it. This can be done by simultaneously pouring the drink through a bar strainer, which is placed directly on the shaker, and then through a fine strainer into the glass.
In the world of cocktails, the word “muddle” means to firmly press the herbs, spices, or fruits at the bottom of the glass. Muddling is done release the flavor from the ingredient, and to make the cocktail more delicious.
This process is commonly used while preparing a Martini. Initially, the bartender would fill the glass with ice cubes before preparing your cocktail to “chill” it, and then discard the ice before pouring the drink into the glass.
This is simple – a mix of equal parts of water and sugar. Cocktail lovers highly recommend using either filtered or spring water, as it adds taste to the drink and make it more delicious. However, you could also purchase pre-mixed sugar syrup to add it to your drink.
Keep it Cold
This means that your drink is super cold. After preparing the cocktail, the bartender will shake the drink on ice for about 20 seconds or until the shaker is ‘iced up’.
Make a Shaker
This is more of a non-professional term. If you do not have any cocktail shakers with you then it is wiser to use a large, thick walled jam jar as a substitute and “make a shaker” easily.
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