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Mixing Cocktails

as a hobby

When life gives you lemons, make a gin and tonic.

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Mixology is a creative and rewarding hobby. By experimenting with different spirits, juices, and techniques, you can craft custom cocktails tailored to your tastes. There are endless flavor profiles to discover and share with friends. All you need is a good set of basics, attention to detail, and practice. Start with classic recipes, then branch out—every perfect mixology-inspired cocktail is a chance to express your passion.

Helpful content to start mixing cocktails as a hobby

We aim to provide accurate information, but errors might be found. Always exercise judgment and discretion.

Videos

Short visual inspiration.

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YouTube | How To Mix Every Cocktail | Method Mastery | Epicurious
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YouTube | 10 Cocktails Every Beginner Can Make
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YouTube | 10 Easy Cocktails To Make At Home
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YouTube | 6 Drinks Everyone Should Know!

Podcasts

Play an episode while exploring the page.

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Spotify | The Old Fashioned
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Spotify | Mixology Lab – Strawberry Champagne, Lemon-Lime Drop and a Bloody Mary by Bloody Good
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Spotify | Zen Tiki Lounge
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Spotify | engageMH: The Power of Mixing Podcast
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Spotify | Advanced Mixology

The cocktail is a modern icon, a symbol of elegance and sophistication.

Salvatore Calabrese

Terms

Basic lingo for orientation.

  • Spirits: Distilled alcoholic beverages such as vodka, gin, rum, whiskey, and tequila that are used as the base of many cocktails.
  • Mixers: Non-alcoholic beverages that are used to dilute or enhance the flavor of a cocktail, such as soda, juice, tonic water, or bitters.
  • Jigger: A measuring tool used to accurately measure the amount of spirits and mixers that go into a cocktail.
  • Shaker: A tool used to mix and chill cocktails by shaking ingredients with ice.
  • Strainer: A tool used to separate the ice and any solid ingredients from the liquid when pouring a cocktail into a glass.
  • Garnish: A decorative element added to a cocktail to enhance its appearance and/or flavor, such as a citrus twist, olives, or cherries.
  • Bitters: A concentrated, aromatic liquid made from herbs, roots, and spices that is used to add flavor and depth to a cocktail.
  • Muddler: A tool used to crush ingredients like herbs, fruits, or sugar cubes in the bottom of a glass or shaker to release their flavor and aroma.
  • Stirrer: A long, thin spoon used to mix ingredients together in a glass or shaker.
  • Rocks: Large ice cubes used in cocktails served over ice to prevent the drink from getting too diluted.

How to start mixing cocktails as a hobby

First moves for getting acquainted and breaking the ice.

In the absence of specialized mixing tools, you can try to improvise. However, having the right tools can help you achieve better results and make the process more enjoyable. As there are many great and affordable basic cocktail mixing kits available, buying one is a good first move. Most kits include cocktail cards, so you don’t need to worry about which cocktails to make first and how to make them. Cocktail cards are also more kitchen-friendly and kitchen-safe than your phone or laptop.

You can also choose a more immersive approach and visit your nearest cocktail bar for inspiration.

Once you feel ready to up your game, there are many great books and courses available.

Books

Get read(y).

How-tos

Step-by-step tutorials.

Articles

Further reading.

Websites

Go-tos for information.

A great cocktail is like a great story – it should have a beginning, a middle, and an end, with each ingredient playing a distinct role.

Jim Meehan

Movies

Nothing like a film for inspiration.

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YouTube | Cocktail 1988 Trailer | Tom Cruise | Bryan Brown

FAQS

Get a clue.

What tools do I need for mixing cocktails?

Some essential tools for mixing cocktails include a shaker, a strainer, a jigger, a mixing glass, a bar spoon, and a muddler. Other useful tools include a citrus squeezer, a cutting board, a knife, and a peeler. There are great cocktail mixing kits to keep you from worrying about equipment.

Can I start mixing cocktails without special tools?

While having specialized tools can make the process easier and more efficient, it is possible to mix cocktails without them. For example, you can use a large jar with a tight-fitting lid instead of a shaker, and a fork or whisk instead of a bar spoon. However, having the right tools can help you achieve better results and make the process more enjoyable.

What are the basic ingredients I need for mixing cocktails?

Some basic ingredients for mixing cocktails include spirits such as vodka, gin, rum, tequila, and whiskey, as well as mixers such as soda, tonic water, fruit juice, and simple syrup. You may also need bitters, liqueurs, and garnishes such as citrus wedges, olives, and cherries.

What are the best cocktails for beginners?

Some popular cocktails for beginners include the margarita, the mojito, the daiquiri, the gin and tonic, and the screwdriver. These cocktails are relatively easy to make and require only a few ingredients. As you gain more experience and confidence, you can move on to more complex cocktails.

Apps

Smart assistance.

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YouTube | Mixel – Cocktail Recipes and Creator

Products

Essentials to have.

Courses

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Near You

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“Mixology is the art of balancing flavors and creating something greater than the sum of its parts.

Gary Regan

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Tips

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