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8 tips for a show stopping cocktail

The art of making the perfect cocktail is down to many different factors. It's all about the attention to detail and the finishing touches. Let's take a look to see how to make the most of your cocktail creations.


By Christabel Brain
2017/08/09, 04:51 PM

1. Ice, Ice, Baby


Get that H20 a freezin'! Only have one ice tray? As soon as the ice has frozen, keep the cubes in a resealable bag (even a plastic bag will do) in the freezer, so you can use the tray to make another lot. That way when it comes to having guests over, you aren't limited to half a cube each.



2. Keep It Cool


Put your cocktail glasses in the fridge for about an hour before serving your iciest cocktails.



3. Fresh Is Best


Always opt for freshly squeezed fruits over syrups; they have a much fruitier taste and look better as a garnish. Be seasonal and use the fruits you already have at home!



4. Sir (or Madam) Mixalot


Mixing the cocktail before serving is key to make sure that the alcohol doesn't sit at the bottom, and the flavours are blended together. Use whatever utensil you've got on hand; cocktail twizzler, spoon, fork, finger..



5. Shake It Like A...


cocktail should be shaken, of course! Haven't got a shaker? 2 large glasses slotted together will do the job.



6. The Finishing Touches


The garnish. Oh, the garnish! Everyones favourite part of a cocktail - presentation is KEY. Fresh fruit is the best garnish, go for orange peel, lemon peel, berries, but don't stop there; add a sprig of thyme, a cinnamon stick, black pepper. Whatever takes your fancy really!



7. Make it burn


You know you want to. However tacky it might look, we can't help but be drawn to the flames of a cocktail set on fire. All you have to do is fill the (resistant) glass to the brim, light with a torch and watch the flames dance. Drink with a straw as it might be quite hot!



8. Be A Seasoned Pro


Season your cocktails as you would your food. A little salt and pepper goes a long way.



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