Tools, tips and techniques for the home bartender.
Welcome to my bi-weekly round-up of boozy-goodness and absolutely no sponsored content.
Welcome to a new bi-weekly series called "Distilled." Think of it like a boozy-newsletter with a round-up of cool and helpful cocktail stuff.
I only ever share things that I think are cool and/or truly beneficial for others, but I promise that no sponsored content will ever appear on Distilled.
Someone once said that creativity thrives under restrictions and I couldn't agree more, especially when it comes to making drinks. Even if you only have a few quality bottles, there are a lot of things you can do with them. One way to open more possibilities and flavor combinations in your home bar is through infusing spirits with fresh fruits, herbs, teas and spices.
What people ask for the most is just one, simple post about what bottles they should get for "starting out." I'm afraid it's not very simple but here you go! Here you can find a fairly stripped down version of what I recommend for a budget home bar.
Some of the best cocktails are relatively simple, but you'll need a little more than just spirits to make properly balanced drinks.
Let's go over some of the basic building blocks for crafting good drinks at home...
There are some really helpful resources out there for the home cocktail enthusiast and professional bartender alike– and hopefully this site is one of them! However, it just so happens that some of my favorites are in printed form. Maybe it's been a while since you bought a non-kindle-edition piece of reading material. I assure you that these publications are well worth it, especially if you want to up your home bar game!
Labor Day is about... well, not laboring.Here are a few of my favorite "easy" drinks to whip up on a day like Labor Day. Technically these are not completely "labor free" (you'll still need to exert some energy in squeezing a lime with your fingers) but they are pretty darn close!
Thankfully you don't need a lot of expensive tools to start making drinks at home. Here's all you need...
Like most people, I'm not made of money and being an at-home mixologist can be an expensive hobby. The good news is, I've found that you don't actually need to drop a bunch of Benjamins in order to start making really good drinks at home.