Cocktails at Home – Tips from the Pros

Have you ever been inspired to make cocktails at home – we’ve rounded up a few brilliant tips from the cocktail making pros of sw London

We’ve spoken to a host of 2015 Food & Drink Award winners and got the best quick tips for making cocktails at home.

Let’s sip straight in;

-Simple classic cocktails we would recommend to make at home include the Mojitos, Daiquiris, Bellini’s and the Old Fashioned.

-Sugar syrup is used a lot in cocktail recipes and can be easily made at home using a 2:1 ratio of sugar:water

-It is easy to make great cocktails at home without spending a fortune on equipment and ingredients. There are so many delicious cocktails that use simple easy to buy ingredients which will give tasty results.

Frankie from The Lost Angel in Battersea
339 Battersea Park Rd, London SW11 4LS

-Always use ice straight from the freezer. Don’t let it melt as it will dilute your drink.

-Always fill up your shaker as much as possible with ice when you shake

-The more ice in your final drink, the less dilution it will occur.

-Be creative, have fun and mix unusual ingredients and flavours.

Eduardo from Bar Three Six Six in Earlsfield
366 Garratt Lane, SW18 4ES

-Use seasonal fruit and lots of it. Summer is all about freshness, colour and vibrancy! The spritz is making a huge comeback and so easy to achieve on a small or large scale. By the glass or by the jug!

-We recommend starting with a spirit like gin or vodka, adding a choice of your favourite fruits (for taste and colour), ice, fresh limes and lemons to balance out the flavour, a little sugar to taste add a mix of tonic and soda and stir. A tasty personalised cocktail which is very thirst quenching and fresh for a summer evening.

The biggest tip I can give anyone making cocktails or mixers at home is “you can always add but you can’t take out” this applies to flavour and alcohol. My favourite part of cocktail making is tasting as you go

Mike from Suburban Bar & Lounge in Wimbledon
27 Hartfield Road, SW19 3SG

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