DRINKS TECHNIQUES & TOOLS
THE FINAL TOUCH: HOW GARNISHES OPEN UP A WORLD OF FLAVOURS
It’s a classic, low-calorie drink that champions the smooth, rich flavours of whisky. We look at contemporary highball serves and offer a guide on how to use garnishes to draw from the layers of flavour in Johnnie Walker Black Label.
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 flavours and look at the recipes you can try for yourself.
ALTERNATIVE BAR TOOLS
Safe at home but missing your bar tools? Using these everyday kitchen utensils, you can make the most of this time and improve your cocktail making skills. Now, pass the rolling pin!
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.
101 ON FERMENTED FLAVOURS FOR COCKTAILS
Fermentation is giving bar tenders a wider range of flavours to experiment with and, when executed well, it can bring a whole new dimension to any drink’s menu. Jay Khan, Co-Founder and Beverage Director of COA, is no stranger to fermenting flavours in his agave-focused bar. Below he shares his thoughts on fermented flavours and how to introduce them in your bar.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO COCKTAIL CLARIFICATION
The process can, however, alter states of flavour, yield different textures or amend the molecular composition of drinks. But what is clarification? And how can you use the technique to create better drinks? Today, we explore the murky world of clear drinks.
10 TIPS FOR LOOKING AFTER YOUR BAR TOOLS
Bar tools are as important as charm in the bar game, readily arming us to make great drinks consistently; taking care of them ensures they perform and help us produce our desired drinks. With this in mind, we caught up with bar tool experts, Uber Tools to find out their top ten tips to keep your bar tools in tip top condition.
3 MISCONCEPTIONS AROUND THE PERFECT SERVE
Crafting the perfect serve is important to impress customers and ensure consistency in your service; here, we dive into 3 of the biggest misconceptions around mixed drinks to clarify the best practices for mastering the drink and keep your guests happy.
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.