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.

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: 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.

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.

How To: Mix a Red Bull and vodka cocktail like a bartender

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.

How To: Make simple syrup with sugar and water

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to make simple syrup. This task is very easy, fast and simple to do. Users will only need 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar. Simply pour the equal parts of sugar and water into a pot. Then boil the mixture until it bubbles for 3-4 minutes. This syrup is used to season different recipes. All the sugar should be dissolved in the mixture. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy cooking and baking, and would like to learn how to make simple syrup ...

How To: Be a better bartender with tips from a pro

Expert bartender Jason Griffin from quickstrain.com has tons of helpful tips for all you aspiring bartender out there. Jason will show how a pro does the little things that separate the good ones from great ones. Watch this video to learn how to pour multiple drinks, upsell to customers and so much more!

How To: Pour accurate shot sizes

Whether you're training to pursue it as a career or just like to show off your knowledge when you're hosting company, knowing how to pour a well-sized shot is great for tending bar. This method makes it easy for anybody to size a drink. All you have to do it count to 6 and pour. This video will show exactly how to pour accurate shot sizes.

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...

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