Founder of Global Bartending Talent Agency and former bartender himself, Dan says ‘when taking your drink to the next level, you don’t need to be stuck in the kitchen. All it takes is a small, simple swap and a bit of preparation to really elevate your drink, and make it stand out.’
SIMPLE SWAPS FOR ELEGANT COCKTAILS AT HOME
- Swap out your classic lemon wedge for a curl of zest, or go for a fresh herb instead, like a sprig of rosemary. Roll it in your palms first to release the aroma.
- Rather than serving in an everyday tumbler, choose your best wine glasses for the occasion.
- Add interest by making oversized ice cubes in large containers, like ice cream tubs or Tupperware, instead of standard ice cube trays.
- Give your cocktails an instant upgrade by stocking up on a selection of premium mixers, like London Essence tonics, gingers and sodas.
- Switch out your standard spirit base for a more exciting alternative, like a flavoured liqueur.
Now you’ve got your simple swaps sorted, why not try our selection of serving tips? You’ll be prepared to host at a moment’s notice, so you’re never caught short with nothing to offer thirsty guests.
CULTIVATE YOUR HERB GARDEN
If you’re a keen cocktail-maker, it’s well worth having a supply of fresh herbs at hand. Try rosemary, mint or basil for a fragrant lift.
CHILL YOUR GLASSWARE IN ADVANCE
Pop your glasses in the freezer for a few minutes before you serve, or chill them under the cold tap to keep the drink cool.
CHILL YOUR SPIRITS, TOO
Forget room temperature spirits – keep them in the freezer draw for half an hour to ensure they’re crisp and cold when served.
KEEP CITRUS FRUIT HANDY
If you get into the habit of buying lemons, limes or even grapefruit, you’ll always have a great cocktail garnish in the fridge.
OFFER A ZERO-PROOF OPTION
Why not whip up a mocktail for the designated driver? Adding a few low and no-alcohol drinks to your repertoire makes even your tee-total guests feel special.
Ingredients are the most crucial component of any elegant drink, but there are a few helpful cocktail accessories to collect too. A good cocktail shaker keeps the mixing process quick and easy, while a sharp knife makes short work of your garnishes, and a stirring spoon will help to infuse those flavours.
Ready to become a master mixologist? Take a look at our collection of cocktail recipes for inspiration; you’ll find all the staples, plus some innovative signature drinks too.