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Technically Saturday: The Basics of Substituting Cocktail Ingredients

There are few things quite as frustrating as finding a great cocktail recipe only to realize that you don’t have all of the ingredients to make it.  Or that some of the ingredients are so expensive that you will never

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Technically Saturday: 10 Tips for Flaming Drink Safety & Success

There are many shots and mixed drinks which call for being lit on fire.  Flaming cocktails or shots are usually made by floating a layer of high-proof alcohol (such as Bacardi 151 or grain alcohol like Everclear).  Flaming a drink

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Technically Saturday: How to Layer Cocktails

Layering cocktails can be both fun and impressive.  Layering drinks means that each spirit or liquor doesn’t mix with the other ingredients in the drink and can be done in several ways.  The easiest way is to use two ingredients

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Technically Saturday: How to Make the Perfect Water for Cocktails

This time it is all about the water.  And no, this isn’t a post about how it is necessary to save the oceans or whether there is enough clean water to support  the growing world population.  As important as this

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Technically Saturday: 4 Steps to Blending Perfect Drinks

Blended frozen drinks don’t have to be bad, they just usually are.  With a bit of care you can make a tasty balanced drink that isn’t too sweet.  But it isn’t just the recipe, the technique for blending a cocktail

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Technically Saturday: Learn How to Free Pour

Have you ever noticed that when you go to a good bar the bartender rarely uses a jigger but always manages to pour the right amount of spirit into your cocktail?  This is the art of free pouring and with

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Technically Saturday: How to Roll a Drink

The term roll is bit misleading. No, you will not be getting out your rolling pin and trying to fruitlessly flatten your drink. This simple mixing technique requires only two glasses and some ice to work effectively. Rolling, although very

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Technically Saturday: A Stirring Tutorial

Do you want your cocktail to be as clear and sharp as a diamond?  Then you are going to have to put away the shaker and stir.  And be using clear spirits like vodka and gin (if it isn’t clear

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Technically Saturday: To shake or not to shake? That is the question

Today is all about shaking.  Shaking cocktails that is.  Even if you know the basics, keep on reading.  An okay cocktail can become amazing if shaking is executed perfectly. Shaking serves two main purposes.  The first is to completely mix

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Nick McAfee
Nick McAfee is a student of Princeton University and is passionate about mixology. As a student with a low monthly income, he has developed ways to create simple cocktails with complex flavors from inexpensive ingredients. Learn more about Nick and Broke & Thirsty.
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