Best Mocktail Recipes for Dry January and Beyond
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by Melanie Tornroth
4d ago
We’re rounding out Dry January with three non-alcoholic drinks: the Piña Colada, Aperol Spritz, and Strawberry Daiquiri. These delicious mocktails are some of our favorite drinks without alcohol– and even though they’re great for hot summer days, they’re equally good alcohol-free party options all year long. Copyright A Bar Above   If you don’t drink (or are cutting back), you could of course stick with kombucha, coconut water, sparkling water, or ginger beer when at a birthday party or holiday gathering. But everyone likes to feel included! There’s something about holding your Martini ..read more
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What Are The Two Types of Cocktail Shakers?
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by Jazmine
1w ago
A cocktail shaker is a tool used by bartenders to mix cocktails. It can consist of two shaker tins– usually both stainless steel or one metal and one glass– or one container cup and a lid with a built-in strainer. The ingredients for the cocktail are added to the container and then the lid or other cup is placed on top. The bartender then shakes the cocktail by hand to mix the ingredients together and aerate the drink, using a cocktail strainer or the built-in strainer to filter the drink into a serving glass. Types Of Cocktail Shakers There are two main cocktail shaker types: the Boston sha ..read more
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5 Summer Cocktail Recipes
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by Jazmine
1w ago
Nothing says summer quite like a refreshing cocktail enjoyed in the warm sunshine. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or relaxing by the pool, these summer cocktails are sure to impress your friends and family. 1. Strawberry Basil Margarita This sweet and savory twist on a classic Margarita is sure to be a hit at your next summer gathering. Ingredients 1 1/2 ounces tequila 1 ounce triple sec 1/2 ounce lime juice 3 strawberries, hulled 5 basil leaves Ice Instructions In a blender, combine the tequila, triple sec, lime juice, strawberries, and basil. Blend until smooth. Fill a cockt ..read more
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Cocktail Mixing Glasses, A Quick Guide
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by Jazmine
2w ago
Cocktail mixing glasses, also known as drink mixing glasses or bar mixing glasses, are an essential tool for any bartender or home mixologist. These glasses, which typically hold around 16 ounces, are used to stir drinks by hand, rather than using cocktail shaker or blender. In this guide, we will cover the various uses of cocktail mixing glasses, how to use them, and why they are an important addition to your cocktail-making tools. Uses Of Cocktail Mixing Glasses A cocktail mixing glass is used for a variety of purposes: Mixing Cocktails – Perhaps the most obvious use of a cocktail mixing ..read more
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Are You Giving Away The Bar by Using Jiggers?
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by Chris Tunstall
2w ago
Once upon a time (actually, even now in some bars), you would be ridiculed for using cocktail jiggers behind a bar. There was a stigma that you were either being cheap with your booze or you were just learning how to tend bar. The idea of creating a consistent drink was never even a consideration for why you would be using a jigger. Either way, using a jigger behind bars was never a good sign for a customer. There is a whole debate about whether to free pour or use a jigger behind the bar, but we will have to save that debate for a later post. The perception of using jiggers has changed cons ..read more
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Barware Tools: A Simple Guide
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by Melanie Tornroth
3w ago
There are a variety of barware tools that can be used in a home bar or professional setting, and there are several factors to consider when purchasing them. Here are some things to consider when buying barware: Copyright A Bar Above   Functionality Consider what type of drinks you will be making and what tools you will need to make them. If you plan on making cocktails, you will need tools like shakers, jiggers, strainers, and muddlers. If you will be serving beer or wine, you will need glasses or mugs and an opener or corkscrew. Material Barware is typically made from a variety of ..read more
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Cocktail Strainers: What to Consider When Buying
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by Melanie Tornroth
3w ago
When it comes to making cocktails at home, having the right tools can make all the difference. One essential piece of barware that every cocktail enthusiast should have is a cocktail strainer. A strainer allows you to easily remove ice and other unwanted ingredients from your drink as you pour it into a glass. With so many different types of strainers available, it can be overwhelming to decide which one is right for you. Here are six things to consider when buying a cocktail strainer: Copyright A Bar Above Type of Strainer There are several different types of strainers to choose from, inc ..read more
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Cocktail Jiggers: 5 Things to Look For
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by Melanie Tornroth
1M ago
A cocktail jigger is a small, hourglass-shaped measuring tool used in the preparation of cocktails. It is typically made of stainless steel, glass, or plastic and is used to measure precise amounts of liquid ingredients. Cocktail jiggers often have a double-sided design, with one side measuring a smaller amount and the other side measuring a larger amount. A jigger is an essential tool for any bartender or home mixologist since it allows for precise measurement of ingredients, ensuring that cocktails are well-balanced and properly mixed. Copyright A Bar Above   Capacity The capacity ..read more
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5 Important Things To Know About Bartending
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by Jacque Capconvert
1M ago
If you’re thinking about becoming a bartender, there are a few things you should know before taking the plunge. While it can be a fun and rewarding job, it’s important to understand the ins and outs of bartending before getting started. Here are several of the most important things to know about this job. Know Your Liquor Knowing different types of liquor is an invaluable skill for bartenders. It is important to understand the differences between liquors in order to make the right drink. Certain liquors are best enjoyed straight, some are often served with mixers, and others should be part of ..read more
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Why You Need a Fine Strainer
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by Melanie Tornroth
1M ago
WHAT IS A FINE MESH STRAINER? Known for it’s conical shape, a fine strainer is an essential tool in the kitchen and bar, whether it be for cocktails, baking, or– if you’re my daughter– sifting dirt out in the garden. Copyright A Bar Above   USES FOR A FINE STRAINER Obviously, our focus here at A Bar Above is helping you make great drinks. But a fine strainer really comes in handy for plenty of purposes, not just extra silky cocktails! Here are a few ways to use your mesh strainer, starting– of course– with our favorite way: mixed drinks. COCKTAILS When you make cocktails with ingredient ..read more
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