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Choosing a Cocktail That is Right For You

Cocktails are a great way to get a blend of flavours that can become a personal favourite. Most people enjoy the experience of making their own cocktails with a blend of flavours, even wine drinkers or champagne drinkers can make cocktails by adding fruit juices or a clear soda.

Depending on the type of liquor, mixers and other essentials, it can be confusing when it comes to choosing a cocktail that is right for you. There is full taste spectrum to consider, especially if you are new to cocktail drinking.

Liquor bases like run, whisky, gin, vodka, brandy or cognac, tequila and liqueurs each have a distinct flavour. When mixed with mixers to compliment them, they take on a refreshing taste with lots of flavour elements, depending on the recipe and mixing techniques.

One of the first things to consider when choosing a cocktail that is right for you is your preference of liquor. Some people cannot tolerate tequila whilst others get hangover headaches from rum. It makes it much easier to know your liquor of choice when choosing the right cocktail. Personal preference may take a little time to surface, depending on the mixers and ingredients you choose.

The next thing to decide is which mixer to use and that depends on whether the flavour you want is sweet and fruity, or something more savoury like a Bloody Mary which contains vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce. Depending on the mixer, the flavours should complement the liquor you use. Other people may prefer to use fresh ingredients like fruit in a blender or freshly squeezed orange, lime or lemon juices. Some Bloody Mary’s can be made special by a blend of different spices or fresh tomato juice.

Other things to consider are the other essentials like cocktail olives, onions, cloves, nutmeg, rim salts, sliced fruit or vegetables to make the cocktail a visual experience and add flavour or texture.

Speaking of texture, a cocktail can be frozen or blended, as opposed to served ‘on the rocks’. In fact, some cocktails are much better this way, such as Pina Coladas or Strawberry Daiquiris. Frozen cocktails tend to be favourites among lighter drinkers that don’t particularly enjoy the taste of liquor.

For drinkers that don’t mind the taste, drinks like flavoured Martinis and Long Island Iced Teas contain multiple liquors and the blend of the liquors themselves, are the flavour with maybe a hint of an essential, such as olives or a lemon slice.

For the wine lovers, a wine cooler or a fruity mix of Sangria with fruits and juices are a delightful cocktail. Champagne is especially tasty when mixed as a Mimosa using orange juice.

It’s easy to find a favourite cocktail when choosing a cocktail that is right for you by experimenting with flavours you know you will like. Adding extra ingredients such as fruit or seasonings and rimming the glass with flavoured salt or sugars are a great way to make every cocktail a special occasion.