When I wrote about tending bar I talked about setting the menu but gave no recipes. Now I’m going to share a list of cocktails and other mixed drinks every man should know if he ever wants to tend bar. You might want to bookmark this one so you have a convenient refer until you’re able to memorise the recipes.
Most drinks are to be served in specific glasses. It’s not like the wrong glass is likely to change the taste, but presentation is always important.
|Cocktail Glass||Margarita Glass||Old Fashioned Glass|
|Champagne Flute||Highball Glass|
There are countless variations on the martini, but there are two main ones;
1 oz Gin
1/2 oz Vermouth
Stir with ice. Strain and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or olive.
Some people prefer “sweet” or “dry” martinis. The former has more vermouth than normal and the latter has more gin.
Easy, just use vodka in place of gin.
2 oz Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
dash of Angostura Bitters
Stir with ice. Strain and serve in a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.
2 oz Blended Scotch Whiskey
dash of Water
dash of Bitters
1 Sugar Cube
Muddle sugar, bitters, and water in an old fashioned glass (crazy, I know). Add Scotch and stir. Garnish with a lemon twist, orange slice, and/or cherry and serve with a swizzle stick.
Long Island Iced Tea
3/4 oz Tequila
3/4 oz Vodka
3/4 oz Triple Sec
3/4 oz Gin
3/4 oz Light Rum
1 oz Sour Mix
Combine ingredients over in a highball glass, adding Cola for colour. Garnish with a lemon slice.
3 oz Sparkling Wine
1 oz Peach Schnapps
dash of Grenadine
Pour into champagne flute.
4 oz Sparkling Wine
1 oz Orange Juice
Pour orange juice into a champagne flute then slowly add sparkling wine. Garnish wish an orange wheel. Mimosas are typically only served with brunch.
A tropical classic.
1 1/2 oz Tequila
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1 oz Lemon Juice
Shake with ice and strain into salt dimmed margarita glass.
2 oz Irish Whiskey
Prepare hot coffee to taste in a mug, preferably an Irish Coffee mug, and add whiskey. May be topped with whipped cream. Irish Cream may be substituted for whiskey.
A Canadian classic.
1 oz Vodka
4 oz Clamato
dash of Worcestershire Sauce
pinch of Salt
pinch of Pepper
2 dashes of Horseradish
Rim a highball glass with celery salt. Shake with ice and strain into glass, over ice. Garnish with a celery stalk.
For Kids & Teetotalers
1 oz Grenadine
6 1/3 oz Ginger Ale
Pour ginger ale over ice in a highball glass and add grenadine. Garnish with a lemon slice and cherry.
Shirley Temple made with Cola instead of ginger ale.
Mix equal parts lemonade and unsweetened iced tea and serve over ice in a highball glass. It’s also acceptable to vary the ratio, in fact rumour has it that Me. Palmer himself preferred more iced tea than lemonade.
A Signature Drink
Sorry, I can’t give you a recipe for this one. A signature drink is a recipe created for the occasion or a specialty of the bartender. My signature drink is an iced tea martini. I’m not going to give you the recipe but I’ll gladly make one for you if you’re ever at a party where I’m tending bar.
There’s no such thing as a wrong drink choice, even a gentleman drinking a girly drink or a lady drinking a manly drink. If you have any regular guests, you should definitely learn how to mix their favourite drinks.