Thursday, March 24

Developing Favorites

So you don't know what to order, but you know you want something...

So many choices...

Before you settle for another beer lets try to get you a few favorite cocktails.

Generally you can get a drink that falls into one of the following categories:

  • sweet and strong - Black Russian (vodka and coffee liqueur)
  • sweet and weak - Bay Breeze (Vodka, Cranberry Juice, and Pineapple Juice)
  • tart and strong - Vodka Martini (Vodka, Dry Vermouth)
  • tart and weak - Vodka 7 (Vodka and Lemon-lime soda)
  • balanced and weak - Screwdriver (Vodka and Orange Juice)
  • balanced and strong - Long Island Iced Tea (Vodka, Gin, Tequila, Rum, Triple Sec, Sweet and Sour mix, Cola)
  • other - Each base liquor has a unique flavor that can provide a flavor like none you have experienced, but will greatly enjoy. These can't be lumped into a category. You will just have to try it.

All of my examples are made with vodka for a reason. If you are just coming into the joys of cocktails, I would recommend starting with vodka drinks. Vodka is a liquor that takes on the flavor of whatever it is mixed with and should not have an aftertaste.

At first, find a favorite vodka drink then move on to other liquors. (See The order of liquor post.)

Another great way to develop a favorite cocktail is to ask the bartender. Bartenders love to recommend drinks. They have a ton of them in their back pocket. ;)

Seriously, go into a bar in an afternoon when the bar is not so busy, sit down, and tell the bartender that you are interested in finding a new favorite vodka cocktail. They will be very happy to recommend and serve it up.

Up next... some recommended starter drinks.

1 comment:

barmixmaster said...

I edited my original post by adding the two balanced categories. These are drinks that have both a sweet and a tart component and when mixed right cancel each other out to give a fantastic flavor.