DRINKS TECHNIQUES & TOOLS
The ABC’s of Batching Summer Drinks
This ultimate guide to batching covers how you can shorten ticket times, upsell cocktails and group serves, and enhance health and safety measures in your establishment.
KEEP IT CORDIAL: A GUIDE TO HOUSE CORDIALS
From speeding up service to reducing wastage and adding complexity to drinks - cordials play a big role in the bar. Read on as we explore four of the most popular house cordial flavors and look at the recipes you can try for yourself.
THE ART OF SMOKING COCKTAILS
There is a balance between adding creative flair to cocktails for dramatic effect and ensuring techniques heighten the flavours of your drinks. Tim Philips-Johansson shares some of his favourite tried and tested methods for smoking cocktails.
A BATCH MADE IN HEAVEN: A GUIDE TO GREAT BATCHING
To outsiders, batching may conjure up sweet punches and poorly measured ingredients. To bartenders, it’s another thing entirely and 2012 World Class winner, Tim Philips explains how pre-mixed drinks free up bartenders to focus on their craft and execution.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COCKTAIL CLARIFICATION
‘Clarifying’ a liquid, or removing all of its cloudy particles, isn’t always going to affect the flavor of the modified solution – it will, however, add another layer to your cocktail and be infinitely cooler than the ‘not clarified’ version.
TOP TIPS TO UP YOUR ICE GAME
What’s cooler than being cool? Ice cold! The shape, type, and quality of your ice will hugely impact several factors in any drinks you make – texture, dilution, and, most importantly, taste, amongst others.
MIXERS 101: LIFTING SPIRITS WITH FLAVOR
Using the right flavor combination and quality of mixer can make or break a drink.
ESSENTIAL BAR SKILLS: THE ART OF STRAINING
Strainers – in their various shapes and sizes – allow greater control in creating a cocktail’s texture and are a quite recent addition to the cocktail bartender’s toolkit. Today, we look at the types, functions, and drinks suited to different strainers as we consider the fine art of straining.
essential guide to shaking
Mastering your shaking technique can be a great way to inject a bit of theatre into your cocktail making – guaranteed to wow your customers and enhance your serves. We caught up with some of the biggest names in the bar industry who shared their top tips to get you shaking up a storm in no time.