Quickly chilling a glass:
If you have a few minutes, it's best to wet a
glass and put it in the freezer. If you're really in
a hurry, though, you can fill the glass with ice and
water to quickly chill the glass.
Mixing with Eggs:
When you shake a drink that requires an egg, use an
ice cube. It breaks up the egg and helps it blend into
If you smear a clean piece of wax paper over the top
of a bottle, the wax will form a tighter seal and make
the bottle less likely to drip.
The quality of the ice that you use to mix your
drinks is as important as the quality of the other ingredients,
as old ice or freezer ice carries with it certain flavors
and smells. If you plan to be mixing drinks in any quantity,
buy approximately one pound of ice for each guest that
you anticipate will be drinking. If you are unable
to do this, then we recommend that you remove the odor
from the ice by rinsing it with cold tap water.
Making Sour Mix and Sweetened
Whenever a drink calls for sour mix or sweetened lime
juice (like Rose's Lime Juice), you can substitute home-made
sour mix or home-made sweetened lime juice for the store-bought kind to great effect.
Sour Mix is made by mixing about eight ounces of lemon
juice with two tablespoons of sugar. Sweetened
Lime Juice is made the same way, but with lime juice.
Blend any creamy drink:
Most shaken drinks which contain light cream can also
be made as blended drinks. To do this, substitute
vanilla ice cream for the light cream and blend with
Develop a sense of style:
A large part of your effectiveness as a bartender is
not your mixing ability, but instead your ability to
tell a joke or perform a quick trick. Every good
bartender should know a trick or six and a few jokes.
Once you can tell one joke or perform one trick,
eager bar-goers will happily share more with you.
Don't drink while mixing
Most bartenders became bartenders because of an interest
in drinking and the strange alchemy that goes into mixing
drinks. As a professional, however, you would do best
to leave these habits behind and to focus on your work.
This article is the sixth article in a ten article
series designed to transform people new to drink mixing
into competent bartenders. Click for the next
article in the series, Shots
and Layered Drinks.