If you are bored of having the same drink over and over again then it is time to try some new recipe drinks. A lot of us feel that mixing drinks is best left to the bartenders but you will be surprised to know how simple it is to mix your own drinks and create classic cocktails. All you need to learn is a few basic things about mixing drinks. Once you get the knowhow you can get your hands on your favorite cocktail recipes and fix your own drinks easily.
To begin the process of learning how to make your own drinks you will need to refer to a mixology chart. A mixology chart can be found online very easily. With the help of this chart you can find out which drinks are complementary to each other. While learning how to mix drinks can be easy, you cannot discount the fact that there are specialist mixologists who work hard to figure out which drinks can be mixed with one another and which drinks can end up disastrous when mixed.
With a mixology chart in place you need to make sure that you have the right spirits and beverages to make your special recipe drinks. Some basic liquors that you should have in your bar cabinet are vodka, gin, whisky, Scotch, dark and light rum, brandy or cognac and tequila. You can also add beer to your spirit list to make a few beer coolers.
Apart from the liquors you need to have grenadine syrup, triple sec, sweet and dry vermouth, bitters, cream, salt, sugar, a few juices such as orange and cranberry, club soda and a few carbonated beverages.
To give your special recipe drinks a professional touch make sure that you serve them in the right glass. A few bar must haves are the highball glass, the rock glass or fat tumbler, martini and margarita glasses, champagne flutes, champagne coupes and wine glasses. You should also have some shot glasses in place. These shot glasses have a dual use as they can be used to serve drinks in and can also be used to measure the alcohol for the drink recipes.
A few special recipe drinks that you should have in your repertoire are the Cosmopolitan, Manhattan, Margarita, Martini, Long Island Iced Tea, Screwdriver, Mai Tai and Pina Colada. Along with these basic drinks you should also know how to make a Bloody Mary, Black Russian, Daiquiri etc.
Some unconventional special drinks recipes will include the B-52, Fuzzy Navel, Irish coffee, Pink Lady and Rob Roy. It helps a great deal if you pick special recipe drinks across the alcohol spectrum so that you have a wider variety to pick from and serve your guests. For example, a Rob Roy is a whisky based drink, a Pink Lady uses gin, A Black Russian will use vodka and coffee liqueurs and a White Russian will use vodka and plain coffee liqueur, a Stinger will use vodka and a Long Island Iced tea will make complete use of almost your whole bar. Once you have these recipes under your belt you can be sure of becoming the popular designated bartender amongst your friends.