If you get looks of exasperation whenever you stammer out a drink order, take this crash course in bar-speak.
Below, two different sets of schematics for mixing cocktails: the first is the "Engineer's Guide to Drinks" designed some time in the '80s; the second is a set of sleek infographics for mixing the perfect drink, from Brazilian illustrator Fabio Rex.
Learn how to pour like a pro when making your favorite cocktail. This video is all about the hold and placement, not measuring.
Learn how the pros cut an orange garnish. Bartender Blake shows a simple way to cut a wedge of orange that fits easily on a martini glass. Watch this video bartending tutorial and learn how to make an orange garnish for a cocktail.
This instructional video demonstrates the following flair bartending trick: understand tin basics.
This is how the pro bartenders cut a proper lemon twist. You will need a knife, an ice pick, and of course, a lemon. Watch this video bartending tutorial and learn how to peel a pretty and decorative lemon peel twist.
If you've just killed your whole family and you find yourself bunking down in an L.A prison for 40 years, chances are you are going to come across a primitive form of alcohol called Pruno. It's all the rage these days in the slammer. Many inmates have given up trying to smuggle drugs in, so they have been forced to get creative. The result is this ridiculous form of booze that has many simple ingredients and some totally absurd ingredients - such as tomato sauce.
Check out this video to learn how to use a cocktail shaker so that it doesn't stick. Cantina bartender Duggan McDonnell demonstrates the optimal angle of cocktail shaker to glass.
Do you want this refreshing Miami Vice at home? This simple guide can help you make this refreshing summer cocktail with ease. If you like rum, piña colada and the taste of strawberries, you can't not mix this.
Not only do they look elegant, citrus peel can add to the flavor of a beverage. This tutorial shows you how to make your own fancy twists of citrus peel for using as garnishes for your home bar. You'll be surprised at how easy it is! Make your own fancy citrus twists for garnishes at home.
It's not just about a pretty twist of lemon peel; it's about the lemon zest and the citrusy oil, and all of that nestling in your glass and interacting with your cocktail's ingredients, says CHOW. This is an important technique for bartenders. Learn how to make the perfect lemon twist as a cocktail garnish.
This video illustrates how to light a match while bartending with one hand. Take a pack of match sticks. Slide the paper over the match pointer with your thumb. Fold a match stick backwards to the pack and fold it once at the edge of the pack. A match strip is printed over the edge in pack of match sticks. Just let the match stick rub the match strip using your thumb and the match stick is lighted up. Just slide over the table. Benefit after watching this video: 1. To light a match while bart...
The coolest way to do a shot? Drink it from a glass made of ice. Learn how to make a shot glass out of ice.
Watch this video and learn beginner information for drink mixing and cocktails. This video explains the tools of the trade like glass and metal shakers.
Mixologist Eben Freeman, of Tailor restaurant in New York City, identifies the bottles every bar must stock: vodka, gin, tequila, rum, bourbon, and more. The first rule is that you only need the bottles of alcohol to mix the drinks you like to make. This video guide also suggests picking key alcohols to make a wide variety basic drinks. Watch this video bartending tutorial and learn how to choose alcohol for maximum drink mixing in a home bar.
A splash of bitters can go a long way, and all sorts of bitters are finding their way into restaurants and home bars. This video shows you what bitters are, and how you can use them to completely transform your cocktail recipes. Use bitters correctly in your home bartending and cocktails.
This video demonstrates a trick for bartenders. It shows how you can pick up a wine glass with a straw without touching the glass. There are two ways of doing this. The first way is that you roll the straw around the stem of the wine glass. Hold the straw firmly from as close as possible to the glass handle. Then you can lift the glass with the straw. In the second way, you have to measure the straw to the diameter of the glass from inside and bend it at the right measure. Put the straw insid...
Want a sexy drink? Well, a drink isn't necessarily sexy, but how its made and presented could be. Check out this hot mixologist as she teaches you how to pour a liquid panty dropper mixed drink. Just watch this alcohol video tutorial to see the drink and to see the lovely bartender take the shot and dance on the bar!
Want to make a Red Bull and vodka cocktail like a champion bartender? This clip will show you how it's done. With the proper technique, mixing the perfect drink can be easy. So easy, in fact, that this free video bartenders' guide can present an overview of the process in about a minute's time. For more information, including a full list of ingredients and complete instructions on how to mix this drink yourself, take a look.
Champagne is best enjoyed at a cool temperature and a frosted glass creates a festive mood for many drinks. In this how to video, see step by step how a create the perfect frosted glass and learn tips on how to have that perfect glass of champagne.
Want a sexy drink? Well, a drink isn't necessarily sexy, but how its made and presented could be. Check out this hot mixologist as she teaches you how to pour a pousse-café mixed drink. Just watch this alcohol video tutorial to see the drink and to see the lovely bartender take the shot and dance on the bar!
This video demonstrates how professional bartenders cut their lemons. Lemons can be cut either as half moons or wedges. Watch this video bartending tutorial and learn how to make a fancy lemon garnish for a cocktail.
Melissa shows us how to get rid of unwanted beer foam using the Japanese Urawaza method of olive oil. This is a great bar trick that makes it easier to down a lager fast.
There are a lot of little things that separate good bartenders from great ones. Bartending calls for a knowledge of a lot of different liquors and drinks. However, all the knowledge in the world is useless if you can't work fast in a busy bar. Expert bartender Jason Griffin will show how to be a faster bartender.
Check out this video to learn how to cut a perfect lime wedge so it perches on the side of your glass. Don’t forgo the garnish for fear of a wiggly lime. This also applies to wobbly lemons! Important bartending tip.
A bartender shows how to frost a glass in order to keep a drink colder, longer.
Learn how a professional bartender cuts a lime garnish. Limes can either be cut as a half moon or a wedge. Watch this video bartending tutorial and learn how to cut a lime garnish for a cocktail.
How to Mix a Simple Grasshopper Drink The Grasshopper is the first cocktail I learned. It is very delicious and refreshing, yet easy to make. This cocktail is a must try to the people who hate the taste of pure liqueur like gin, rum etc.
The rim of the empty glass can be coated with salt, sugar or the dry ingredient of your choice. It can add an extra decorative touch and additional flavor to cocktails. This online video will show you step by step how to rim a glass.
A traditional Sazerac calls for a rinse of absinthe. You can also apply your rinsing skills to other cocktails, says this CHOW contributor. Watch this bartending video to learn how to rinse a cocktail glass with liquor.
Few liquors have as romantic a past as the mysterious absinthe. This video shows you the history of this drink (somtimes called the Green Fairy), and then how to prepare (or louche) the drink properly. Remember to use ice cold water, and only set it on fire if you're using laudanum (which you likely aren't, so just don't set your drink on fire at all). Serve absinthe in the historically accurate way.
You don't need to hire a professional bartender to have a well stocked and set up bar. In fact, all you really need for a handsome bar is Martha Stewart and her creative director, Kevin Sharkey.
Learn how to flair bartend. This flair bartending video demonstrates the two bottle exchange with a forearm bump and tin snatch. Practice and you will soon master this flair bartending move.
Learn how to rim a cocktail glass because it tastes so good when it touches your lips, says CHOW. One of the things that can be difficult is making a perfect rim witht either sugar or salt on a cocktail glass. Take a piece of citrus and rub it gently around the rim. Flip it over and press it gently in sugar or salt. Enjoy this quick cocktail tip.
Part of being a good bartender is creating visual appeal for your drinks. This tutorial shows you how to use a zester to scratch appealing designs into the skin of your lime. Turn it into a pattern, or just be random. Dress up your garnish limes with beautiful designs in the peel.
Frankly, I think it sounds pretty unappetizing, but to some the hopsicle may be the perfect drunken summer treat.
Impress your friends by learning how to pour this classic Irish drink. This bartending video will instruct how to properly make a Black & Tan, pouring it correctly.
Learn how to add style to your cocktail. Watch and learn how to make a lemon knot drink garnish. We think the classic "twist" has a better look, but it's always nice to do something different... Make a lemon knot.
We've got plenty of bartending tutorials, but I've yet to see one that explains the magic behind this mixology. Speculations below, please. Previously, HowTo: Infuse Your Booze Using Nitrous Oxide.
This instructional video demonstrates the following flair bartending trick: how to roll the tin all the way around your body.