Hot Bartending How-Tos

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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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