The days when alcohol was bitter and harsh but did the job fine are long gone. Today we can create some truly delicious drinks that give us that buzz we’re after while also being a delight to the taste buds. That’s the job of the mixologist, and you don’t need to be a bartender to get started. Anyone can teach themselves mixology and use that skill to ramp up their house parties.
What is Mixology?
Mixology is combining (or mixing) different elements in a drink to create an engaging, delicious cocktail. Not only do mixologists know how to create all the fan favorites, but they’ll also work to create their own signature spin on classics or their own new drinks entirely. Mixologists are the chefs of the bar, and the drinks they make can be absolutely mouth-watering.
What do You Need to Get Started?
There are a few things you’ll need before you get started. On top of the ingredients themselves, you’ll also need:
- A shaker
- A jigger
- A muddler
- A strainer
- Bar spoons
- Bottle openers
- Bar glasses
- Ice/steel cubes/ etc
How Do I Train Myself in Mixology?
While you can always take a class or attend a workshop, know that it isn’t necessary. You can create an amazing drink and learn a lot of the tricks of the trade right at home, thanks to the abundance of online resources.
· Find and Follow Recipes
The first step to mastering mixology is to get the basics down. To do that, you need to learn how to make all the classic drinks. Of course, there will be variations for recipes, so it’s important to try a few to see which one works best for you. Start first with your personal favorites, like this Espresso Martini recipe, and make sure that you read through the guide for any tips the recipe itself leaves out.
· Watch Videos for Tips
If you’re unsure, head to YouTube or any other video-based site and look up a bartender’s guide to making the drink. Sometimes seeing the mixing in action and hearing tips can make all the difference.
· Try Out Different Options and Pick Your Top Choice
As stated, there will be a lot of different versions of the same recipe. You’ll have a preference, and finding which one you like best is also great practice for you. Make multiple versions of the espresso martini, for example. You’ll understand better what makes an espresso martini and how you prefer to have it made. This is great for your bartending efforts and also for when you head out and want that perfect espresso martini for yourself.
How Do I Become a Mixologist?
Mixologists don’t just make classic drinks – they create them. Once you have made plenty of classic recipes and understand more about why this works and why it doesn’t, you’ll be able to start experimenting. Try creating your own signature drinks and work things out. Trial and error is an excellent tool; when you try it at home, you’ll have all the time you need.