Bartending: Tips and Tricks That Will Definitely Impress Your Squad
Bartending skills are great to learn, whether you’re looking forward to build a career or simply just to keep friends entertained. It can be the ice breaker you need to breakdown barriers and expand your personal even professional networks too.
So, if you can’t wait to impress, here are the Top 10 basics to bartending you must learn to help bring out this natural talent in you:
Tip No. 1: Learn the language of measurements. If you want to follow bartending tips that result to mix and twist cocktails that look and taste like they were made by a pro, you better learn the basic language of bartending.
For starters, it comes highly recommended that you know the basic measurement terms and what they mean. Here are a handful to help you get started:
- Jigger measures: Jiggers are available in all shapes and sizes. When concocting your cocktails, the basic ones you will need are 30ml, 45 ml and 60 ml sized jiggers.
Dash vs. Splash: Both require your personal judgment or drinker preference on how much of the ingredient to use. You technically don’t have to measure either dash or splash. You just have to know that a splash is higher quantity than a dash.
- Part or Parts. When making party drinks shots, you will often encounter these terms from cocktail recipes. Neither refers to an actual measurement. Rather, these terms refer to proportion. You can use the same scale such as ml or, the same jigger to prepare the drink in proper proportion.
Tip No. 2: Learn more bartending lingo. There are other key terms you need to learn to make sure you keep following mix drinks instructions down to the tee. Here are some of the terms you must learn:
- On the rocks: This term means that the drink is poured over ice.
- Liquor vs. Liqueur: Liqueur is a type of liquor. Liquors are ‘distilled spirits’ or drinks that have been distilled and expressed at high alcohol content. Gin, vodka, rum, whisky brandy, and tequila are other types of liquors. A liqueur uses any of these six liquors as a base and then infused with flavours usually of herbs, fruits, spices and nuts.
Tip No. 3: Shop for proper gear. Obviously, you need to stock on your home bar liquor list but first, start with some essential tools. The most basic things are cocktail shaker, muddler, jigger and bar spoon.
Tip No. 4: Stock your home bar with key cocktail ingredients. It is best you start with the basics but, the very first things you must buy are ingredients for your base. That’s your six types of liquors, Key liqueurs cocktails which give mixed drinks a personality will also be a good investment.
Tip No. 5: Never stock spirits in the freezer. That is, other than vodka which may actually gain added crispiness by freezing. The other spirits, however, lose their flavours and body when kept in the fridge.
Tip No. 6: Have a plan. Planning is essential when deciding on which cocktails to make at home. More likely, your bar wouldn’t be deep enough to house every possible ingredient to mix every possible kind of cocktail. By planning, you can also buy fresh ingredients like fresh juices and garnishing before the party arrives.
Tip No. 7: Handle ice properly. Ice in your cocktails can either make or break a bar drink’s character. Whether you are set to prepare easy to make party drinks or, if you’re ready to experiment on creating more complicated fixes, ice quality will remain of prime importance.
Tip No. 8: Get acquainted with ready-to-drink mixers. There is a long list of great tasting mixers in the market today that will help you keep the party going without breaking much sweat. If you want to impress your squad with your bartending skills but still want to enjoy your own party, ready-to-drink mixers will help you do both. It would be best to experiment on mixers prior to your big event so you know if it tastes good and, if not, you have time to find an alternative.
Tip No. 9: Shake well. Cocktails require consistency which can only be achieved with proper shaking or blending. Make sure that the ingredients are well incorporated before pouring the contents of your shaker into a glass.
Tip No. 10: Serve your drinks in proper presentation. Garnishing are important and so is colour. Never make the mistake of serving the drink you prepared in the wrong glass. While shot glass drinks may be easy to keep in mind, you have to learn which wines or spirits go into each type of glass.
Ten of the most basic glasses you must get acquainted with and which you should keep at home are the following:
- Margarita glass
- Sherry glass
- Highball glass
- Champagne glass
- Red Wine glass
- White wine glass
- Beer mug
- Brandy glass
- Old-fashioned glass
For home entertaining, have just two or three cocktail drinks for your guests to choose from or, you’ll end up overwhelmed and bartending all night. Learn some of the classic cocktails that most people prefer to have such as mojito, cosmopolitan, and pina colada. For small batch mixers, why not prepare a punch with rum as a base?
Whatever it is that you’re planning to serve at your home bar, make sure that you are well prepared and tried the recipe yourself beforehand. Don’t take the fun out of bartending or, you’ll just end up exhausted. Go enjoy!