Ingredients: The mixer is a vital ingredient for any cocktail. We list the most popular ones and offer some tips on using mixers in your cocktails.
Glassware: Choose the right glasses for your cocktails and know the names of those most commonly used for mixed drinks.
History: The origin of the name ‘cocktail’ is not certain, though many explanations have been suggested.
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People sometimes forget that the mixer is as important as the spirits or liqueurs that go into the cocktail. Delicious fresh juices, refreshing tonics, silky creams, and exotic and unusual flavours will make a cocktail infinitely more pleasurable. A Bloody Mary would never have caught on without the Worcestershire and Tabasco Sauce flavours complementing the Vodka and Tomato Juice so fantastically!
If you are going to stock basic bar mixers in your humble home then you may want to have some of the following:
Cranberry Juice, Lemon Juice, Lime Juice, Orange Juice, Pineapple Juice, Tomato Juice, Coconut Cream, Cola, Lemon/Lime Soft Drink, Mineral Water, Tonic Water, Club Soda, Cream/Milk, Coffee, Tabasco Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Angostura Bitters
Remember to have some castor sugar (confectioner’s sugar), salt, pepper, and of course, some ice.
Some people take the search for new and exciting flavours even further. Can you imagine any Cocktail with beef broth as a key ingredient? How about horseradish sauce? Do you fancy blending some exotic Lychee Nuts for a fruity eastern flavour? Well, some people swear by these concoctions and surprisingly some of them are quite good. Check out CocktailGuide.com for a great database of recipes, from the unusual to the famous.