How To Make The Perfect Cocktail

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Purim is coming, we’re so happy, we’re gonna make cocktails! Now that the especially long February is over, it’s time to spring into March with some class. Here are two delicious cocktails with my tips on how to get the most out of your drink.

For a full list of cocktails for Purim click here.

Long Island Iced Tea

My favorite because it is delicious and relatively low-calorie.  You will need triple sec, light rum, vodka, tequila, and gin.

Exotic Blue Margarita

            Margaritas are both fun to drink and so versatile. You can substitute the Blue Curacao for Peach Schnapps, Apple Brandy, pureed mango—the options are endless!  You will need tequila, blue curacao, and lime juice. 

Now, here are my tips:

1)     DON’T BE CHEAP WITH ICE. Unless someone requests a drink without ice, always fill the glass at least ¾ of the way full. If you do less than that, the ice will melt, diluting your drink. If you do more, no problem—just make sure to leave enough room for all the liquid.

2)     MEASURE THE LIQUOR. A neat trick I learned when I took a bar-tending course was counting when you pour liquor. Each half-ounce is one count. For example, if you are pouring 1 shot (1.5 oz), you count 1-2-3. You do not need a speed pourer (that nifty silver tip they use at bars) to count properly. I spent about a half hour practicing counting on beat so that I an now accurately pour a shot without measuring. However, if you do not have the patience or confidence to pour without counting, definitely use a jigger or other measuring utensil. Most people don’t want a drink that is so strong that they can distinctly taste the alcohol, nor do they want one that is too weak to recognize the liquor’s presence.

3)     USE THE APPROPRIATE GLASS. It is not only aesthetically pleasing, but cocktail recipes are designed for specific glasses. Mixed drinks are usually served in highball or lowball glasses, depending on the quantities. For a drink like Long Island Ice Tea, you want a tall glass so you have enough room to “fill” with the mixer. The same goes for drinks like Sea Breeze and Gin and Tonic. For beer, use a Pilsner glass. Most shaken and strained drinks fit perfectly into martini glasses, which are optimal for garnishing with fruit.

4)     DON’T BE AFRAID TO TRY SOMETHING NEW. Specialty liquors and liqueurs are often expensive, so you might be reluctant to buy them. Don’t be afraid! These can easily last years after opened—both hard liquors as well as low-alcohol, high-sugar liqueurs. As long as you can afford it, purchasing alcohol for a special drink is no waste. You can usually tell by looking at a recipe if the drink will be something you like; so if you love limes and a Caipirinha looks like something you would enjoy, don’t hesitate to buy the Brazilian cachaca and experience something new!

Here is a very detailed chart of cocktail glasses:

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