Simple Syrup – The Step-by-Step Guide

A detailed guide on how to make regular and flavored simple syrup at home. Easy instructions, preparation and storage tips.

How Much Juice Comes From a Lime?

We answer the age-old question that every home bartender wants to know

Storing Citrus

One of the challenges for the home bartender is that keeping fresh ingredients on hand is more difficult, since (hopefully) you do not use them as fast as a public bar does. We’ve previously discussed keeping vermouth and certain other ingredients refrigerated, for example. Citrus fruit is an ingredient in many classic and modern cocktails, […]

Cocktails for an Outing

Sometimes the amateur mixologist is called upon to prepare cocktails for an outing, such as a picnic, road trip, or camping trip. Since you cannot have your entire bar available in such circumstances, it is necessary to plan and prepare in advance. In particular, some items can and should be pre-mixed, while others need to […]

Mint Simple Syrup

In some ways this is almost too simple to devote a post to, but I know that I resisted making syrup for a while, so my hope is that describing how easy it is will help you take the plunge. Mint Simple Syrup is used in two very popular classic cocktails: the Mint Julep, and […]

Testing Quantities

One of the challenges for the amateur mixologist is trying to find the right ratios of ingredients. Even with classic cocktails, you can find recipes with a range of ratios, and you need to decide how you like it made, not only for enjoyment’s sake but to “make it your own.” Unfortunately, it’s a bit […]

Ordering Cocktails at Restaurants

We took a little road trip this weekend to southwest Colorado, enjoying a little skiing, hiking, and hot springs. On Sunday we went out for a nice dinner, and the food was excellent, but the cocktail situation left a lot to be desired. A quick glance suggested that the restaurant had a “full bar,” so […]

Behind the Bar – Bartending Tips

As Dave and I work on this blog, we are going to try to summarize bartending tips that we think are important in a new page on the blog called Behind the Bar – Bartending Tips. We hope it will be a good resource to scan once in a while to remind us all about day-to-day […]

Shaken or Stirred?

Because tonight’s cocktail was just an enjoyable variant of the Upper West Side, I thought I’d talk briefly about the age-old question of shaken or stirred, which for some is a matter equal in importance to bathroom standards such as seat up or down and paper out or in; whereas for others it rises to […]