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Sea Breeze – Shaker BarSchool®

The dry ingredients give a wonderful freshness to this classic summer cocktail. Some say a Sea Breeze is a Cape Cod with grapefruit juice, some say its a Greyhound with cranberry juice. A Greyhound is a vodka and grapefruit juice; adding a salt rim makes it a Salty Dog. Glass: 12 oz Collins Method: shake & strain Ice cubes 2 lime wedges 50ml vodka 50ml cranberry juice 50ml grapefruit juice Put the ice into a mixing glass and squeeze one piece of lime into the glass. Add the vodka, cranberry and grapefruit juices, and cap with a Boston shaker. Shake vigorously for a few seconds and pour into a Collins glass. Squeeze the second lime wedge into the glass, rub around the rim and discard. You can also add the cranberry juice to an ice-filled Collins glass. Place the remaining ingredients in a Boston shaker, shake for a few seconds then pour carefully over the cranberry, creating a white layer over the red. Garnish with a fresh piece of lime.
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Cosmopolitan – Shaker BarSchool®

The Cosmopolitan has been around, in various guises, since the 1980s. Its one of the most popularly ordered cocktails but this relatively straightforward drink is now more famous for its garnish than its ingredients. Glass: 5 oz Martini or 10oz rocks glass Method: shake & strain Ice cubes 25ml citron vodka 25ml triple sec or Cointreau 25ml cranberry juice Juice of 1 lime wedge Put all the ingredients into a mixing glass. Cap with a Boston shaker and shake vigorously for a few seconds. Double strain into a chilled Martini glass or serve on the rocks in a rocks glass. Garnish This drink probably became world famous due to its unique garnish the orange flambé. Cut a thin strip of peel from an orange, taking as little of the pith as possible. Holding the skin towards the drink, snap the peel over a lighter flame. The flame should brush the surface of the drink and the warm oils should spray over the surface, creating an instant aroma and flavour. Wipe the peel around the rim and slip into the drink. Cosmopolitan variations Metropolitan: use Absolut Kurrant vodka instead of citron vodka Purple Cosmo: use blue curaçao instead of Cointreau Fruit Cosmos: add fresh fruit or Funkin puree; berries work very well
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Looking for the right type of cocktail shaker

Making cocktails at home for your special occasions or for your exclusive guests requires some essential cocktail equipment. They can range from cocktail shakers, ice crushers, bar spoons to citrus juicers.


Everyone knows that the cocktail glass does make your cocktail and your guests will love drinking their favourite cocktails out the finest quality glasses whether they’re martini glasses, hurricane glasses or even shot glasses.  It is essential to make sure you have the right cocktail glasses to serve those cocktails.


When you prepare for a bar at your home, there some essential items that should never be missed out or your cocktail party will be incomplete. A cocktail shaker is considered the most essential piece of cocktail equipment.  There are different types of cocktail shaker.  The Boston shaker requires a mixing glass and a Hawthorn strainer, whilst the Cobbler shaker already has a built in strainer so you can get shaking those cocktails straight away.


The Boson shaker is the choice of the professionals.  If you go to a bar you will usually see the barman shaking this type of shaker.  A mixing glass is the essential partner to a Boston shaker.  Firstly, you add all ingredients into the mixing glass and then fill the mixing glass with ice.  The Boston shaker then fits over the mixing glass and after a solid tap on the shaker, it forms a tight seal, allowing you to shake that cocktail and make sure you wake it up!  After you’ve shaken the cocktail, a tap on the rim of the shaker releases the mixing glass allowing you to strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass.  Easy!


The Cobbler shaker is the most common shaker and the one that is easiest to use.  It can be seen in some bars more commonly found in homes. It contains a tumbler, an inbuilt strainer that is usually small in size and a lid, which tightly seals the shaker. It is easy to use because you can just pour the things into it and shake it. The small strainer may cause the cocktail to come out slowly and hence is not generally used in very busy bars.


The quality of the material with which the cocktail shaker is made from is also a point to consider when shopping for cocktail equipment for your home bar. The most preferred ones are those of metal bodies, stainless steel shakers are the most common and some even have a vinyl covering allowing more grip, especially when flaring.  A cocktail shaker may also be made in silver, these are less common and very expensive.


Many new concepts are evolving and newer types of cocktails shakers can be found.  However, the classic cocktail shaker whether a Boston shaker or Cobbler will always remain the peoples favourite as they are quick to learn and make the best cocktails.


Select the right kind of cocktail equipment for your home bar and make sure you serve your guests some delicious cocktails.

Mai Tai – Shaker BarSchool®

Notice how similar to the Margarita this drink is, is it a Rum Margarita with orgeat or is the Margarita a tequila Mai Tai? Trader Vic Bergeron claims to have created this drink for two friends in 1944 at his bar in Oakland, California. The couple had just returned from Tahiti and when they sipped the drink they exclaimed Mai Tai Roa Ae meaning out of this world, the best in Tahitian. The original recipe calls for 17 year Old J. Wray & Nephew Jamaican rum which is extremely rare and can fetch up to £2000 a bottle, so the modern version has also been listed. Mai Tai (modern version) Glass: 10 oz rocks Method: shake & strain 50ml Rum 12.5ml orange curaçao 25ml lime juice 12.5ml orgeat (almond) syrup 5 ml sugar syrup Add ingredients to a mixing glass, add ice and shake vigorously, strain into an ice filled rocks glass and garnish with mint sprig and lime wedge.
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Margarita – Shaker BarSchool®

MARGARITAS ow.ly The Margarita, meaning daisy in Spanish, was supposedly created in 1946 by Margarita Sames at a cocktail party in Acapulco in Mexico. If using blanco tequila, add a little more sugar than if using an aged tequila. Glass: 10 oz rocks or 5 oz Martini Method: shake & strain 25ml Tequila 25ml Cointreau/triple sec/Grand Marnier 25ml lime juice 1 barspoon of sugar/agave syrup Put all the ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Cap with a Boston shaker and shake for a few seconds. Strain either over ice in a rocks glass or fine strain straight up into a cocktail glass that has been frosted with salt. Garnish with a perky lime wedge or lime wheel which can be used to take the salt off the rim of the glass. Margarita variations A classic twist on the margarita is the Japanese Slipper, which substitutes a melon liqueur for the Cointreau. The Margarita can be twisted similarly to the Daiquiri, using fresh fruit, Funkin purées, syrups or liqueurs. Also using rested and aged tequilas can change the dimension of this classic tequila cocktail.
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