How To: Make killer booze, aka pruno (homemade alcoholic prison wine)

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.

How To: Light a match (while bartending) with one hand

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...

How To: Rim a cocktail glass

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.

How To: Be a faster bartender

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.

News: Cocktail Blueprints

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.

How To: Stock a home bar with alcohol

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.

How to Flair bartend: vertical toss grab reverse grip

In this video you will learn how to do a Flair bartend: vertical toss grab reverse grip. Start this trick with an over hand grip, then reverse grip right hand. Reverse grip and pour. Make sure you are holding your bottle security. Your holding the bottle and spinning with the other hand. You might have to practice the end pour so you don't spill as you bring the bottle back up. This video does the sequence many time so you can get the hand work done correctly.

How To: Choose essential bar tools

Do you know what tools you need to make your favorite drink at home? On this episode of FoodGear you'll find out the five must have tools for you home bar. The most basic tools for the maximum number of cocktails you can make, you should think about getting a cocktail shaker, a strainer, a jigger (measuring cup), a juicer (with a built in strainer), and a corkscrew. Watch this video bartending tutorial and learn how to pick out essential bar tools.

How To: Pack a cocktail or bartending kit

Not only must you stock your bar with the and most useful tools, you need to be able to take your act on the road. In this episode of "The Cocktail Spirit," Robert Hess shows how to be a traveling bartender. Watch this video beverage-making tutorial and learn how to choose the right cocktail tools.

How To: Correctly use ice in your home mixed cocktails

If the ice melts quickly, it will dilute the liquor and flavors in your mixed drink. And some drinks are best poured over ice cubes, while others are ideally served with crushed ice. Here's how to use ice to the best effect, no matter what drink you are making. Correctly use ice in your home mixed cocktails.

How To: Serve absinthe in the historically accurate way

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.

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