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Tips on how to make cocktails & house parties

Hey Guys,

If you are dropping a party at home and want to receive your guests with some home made cocktails. You can certainly do it yourself without having to hire a catering company. I offer free advise on the subject. I had work as a bartender for several years in Sydney, Lima and now in Zurich.


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Mixologist, nuff said, find any cocktail you can make with the ingredients you have in your drinks cabinet.
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Thanks for the tip. I'll look into it.
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Re: Tips on how to make cocktails & house parties

My cocktail problem is finding cocktails to please my fussy partner, who doesn't appreciate the typical sickly sweet cocktail recipes.

Any ideas?
I should probably look up martini variations etc, but martinis don't appeal to me all that much
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Mixologist, nuff said, find any cocktail you can make with the ingredients you have in your drinks cabinet.
And if you don't have an iPhone (like me), here is something similar.
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My cocktail problem is finding cocktails to please my fussy partner, who doesn't appreciate the typical sickly sweet cocktail recipes.

Any ideas?
I should probably look up martini variations etc, but martinis don't appeal to me all that much
If someone tries to give me another pre-mixed Swiss version of a Mojitoriña or Caipiriñito or whatever bastardized thing it has become, I'll throw up all over them.

A proper Martini is an art, be careful to pay attention to the finer details of the Martini if your partner likes them. I love Martinis and spent a lot of time perfecting them.
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Re: Tips on how to make cocktails & house parties

Back home in New Zealand my sister and I went shares in a cocktail fountain and it was awesome.

Obviously by the end of the evening the spirit to mixer ratio was higher hehehe, but it was easy and people either chipped in some money or something to the mix.

Vodka jellies are also a winner too.

Love cocktail parties, and am throwing one when I go back for holiday. Got a package where the bartenders come over for 2-3hrs and will make 140 cocktails for up to 20 people.....nom nom nom. Worked out to be about 10 CHF a head...which is a bargain. Should finish off those cocktails in no time

My favourite cocktail has to be a Long Island Iced Tea
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My cocktail problem is finding cocktails to please my fussy partner, who doesn't appreciate the typical sickly sweet cocktail recipes.

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I should probably look up martini variations etc, but martinis don't appeal to me all that much
If sweet cocktails aren't appealing to her I would suggest to explore some alternatives more the citric or bitter side. Does she likes grapefruit juice? If so you could make for her a Sea Breeze.

Sea Breeze is just one shot of vodka (4cl), then add 3 parts of cranberry juice and 1 part of grapefruit juice over ice.

Regarding Martini variations there is a lot you can do there. Classic Martini Dry recipes can only be made with either gin or vodka and have no sweet element just extra dry vermouth and the garnish.

Flavored fancy martinis like a cosmopolitan are a bit more complex. First find out which is her favorite spirits and start from there
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A proper Martini is an art, be careful to pay attention to the finer details of the Martini if your partner likes them. I love Martinis and spent a lot of time perfecting them.
Details, what details?

It's just gin (or vodka), Martini (choose a color), and Angostura.

And shaken, not stirred!

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Details, what details?

It's just gin (or vodka), Martini (choose a color), and Angostura.

And shaken, not stirred!

Tom
There was a good reason bond had his martini shaken not stirred. His life depended on it. It wasnt to make it taste better...
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Details, what details?

It's just gin (or vodka), Martini (choose a color), and Angostura.

And shaken, not stirred!

Tom
Angostura or Martini??? I think I'll stick to Vermouth (Noilly Prat).

How dry do you like your Martini? How much salad do you like in your Martini? Shaken, stirred or waltzed? Which Gin do you prefer and why?

I make mine in shaker. I put in the Vermouth, coat the ice-cubes and then discard the excess Vermouth. I like it dry. I then add Gin and rumble it around the shaker, to the rhythm of a waltz. Careful not to aerate the Gin but enough to get the oils going.

A piece of Lemon rind is twisted, rubbed around the rim of the glass and thrown in, a garnish of 2 onions and 2 olives is added (I like a bit of a Gibson Salad)

These are the details.
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Re: Tips on how to make cocktails & house parties

I've been making Martinis for years. While the classic recipe is simple, it's all about your taste: dry, very dry, etc... Make it how you like it. Experiment a little and you'll find your favourite pretty quick.

My favourite is actually the Dirty Martini, made with a splash of olive brine. Absolutely delicious.

I've never used Angostura in my classic Martini, it's just Gin/Vodka, Dry Vermouth or Noilly Prat and an Olive.

hmmmm...

Simmer, perhaps your partner would like a Dirty Martini. You must try one.
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I generally prefer a splash of Martini extra-dry, some Tangueray or Sapphire, no salad, and always a dash of Angostura.

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I've been making Martinis for years. While the classic recipe is simple, it's all about your taste: dry, very dry, etc... Make it how you like it. Experiment a little and you'll find your favourite pretty quick.

My favourite is actually the Dirty Martini, made with a splash of olive brine. Absolutely delicious.

I've never used Angostura in my classic Martini, it's just Gin/Vodka, Dry Vermouth or Noilly Prat and an Olive.

hmmmm...

Simmer, perhaps your partner would like a Dirty Martini. You must try one.
Churchill liked them so dry he said 'it was enough to look at the bottle of Vermouth from across the room'

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If someone tries to give me another pre-mixed Swiss version of a Mojitoriña or Caipiriñito or whatever bastardized thing it has become, I'll throw up all over them.

A proper Martini is an art, be careful to pay attention to the finer details of the Martini if your partner likes them. I love Martinis and spent a lot of time perfecting them.
Martini Dry isn't for everyone. It's one of those things in life that you would either love it or hate it but nothing in between. Martini is and always will be a classic choice in the most sophisticated bars out there but it's hard to find places that really know how to properly make it.
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Churchill liked them so dry he said 'it was enough to look at the bottle of Vermouth from across the room'


HaHa.

I don't know what it is but I just can't get enough of dirty martinis. I know the olive brine totally corrupts the flavour of the gin/vodka, but it's a bloody good drink!
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Back home in New Zealand my sister and I went shares in a cocktail fountain and it was awesome.

Obviously by the end of the evening the spirit to mixer ratio was higher hehehe, but it was easy and people either chipped in some money or something to the mix.

Vodka jellies are also a winner too.

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My favourite cocktail has to be a Long Island Iced Tea
Nice fountain! I bet that by the end of the night after adding all those spirits you lose track of what you were drinking. I like long island ice teas too but just two or I get a hangover after the big mix. I'm more of a gin & tonic drinker. Bombay Shaphire is my favorite brand but Hendrinks its always welcome
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And while we're at it ... a Blood Mary.

Oh my lord !!! When made properly, it's absolutely mind blowing, so delicious. Makes me wonder why people bother with tomato soup . Just have a bloody! Especially good on a rough hungover Sunday morning...
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And while we're at it ... a Blood Mary.

Oh my lord !!! When made properly, it's absolutely mind blowing, so delicious. Makes me wonder why people bother with tomato soup . Just have a bloody! Especially good on a rough hungover Sunday morning...
This is my other fave too! I have spent a lot of time perfecting my BM.
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