All throughout my articles on loveofspirits.com you hear me say some things that you may not be aware of. So, today I am going to make a list of definitions for you. This way you will not feel lost when you come here to read any of my articles.
Simple Syrup: Simple Syrup sounds complicated, when it is really easy. All simple syrup is, is water and sugar in equal amounts that is brought to a boil, then left to cool. Store the liquid in a squeeze bottle to keep it fresh and on hand.
Cocktail Shaker: A cocktail shaker is a tool that is used to blend different liquids together, as well as to get the liquids chilled. I am sure that you have seen all kinds being used. The more common ones are stainless steel and have a top to close and seal the liquids and ice. Also, it is a great tool to have in your home bar. You can easily find one of these anywhere on the internet, As well as some department stores. The best one come with all the tools you need to make great cocktails to impress all of your friends and family.
Muddle: You hear me say this for a lot of the cocktails in just about all of my articles. To muddle, means to break up or smash down the ingredients for the cocktail. This is achieved with another fancy tool called a muddier. Looks like a small baseball bat, that has grooves cut into the bottom of it. when we muddle an ingredient like a mint leaf, we are bringing out all the natural oils in the mint. This will punch up the flavor of the mint, so that the flavor of it is more present in the cocktail.
Rocks Glass: A rocks glass is just a fancy word for a short glass. you do not have to go out and buy a case of glasses that say rocks glasses. You probably have a short glass or two in your kitchen cabinet as we speak. When you hear me say use a rocks glass for this cocktail, any short glass that you have available will do just fine.
Highball Glass: This is another glass that I say to use for a lot of the cocktails here. All a highball glass is, is a tall glass. And, you probably have a ton of tall glasses in the cabinets as well. And just like the rocks glass any tall glass that you have will work just as good for a highball glass.