How To: Cut a perfect lime wedge

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.

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: Pick up a wine glass with a straw

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...

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: 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: Rim a glass with sugar or salt

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.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Mix a cocktail with Mark Bittman of the NY Times

Mark Bittman of the New York Times, reveals the secret of the modern mixed drink. His theory is that a good cocktail consists of alcohol, something sweet, and something sour. Eighty percent of cocktails are made with this formula. Watch this video to see how this theory applies to several classic cocktails.

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.

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