The Art of the Simple Cocktail

Elayne Werns-Duke

Don¶t mess with a good thing
Just enhance it«.. ‡ The Right Glass ‡ The perfect accruement ‡ The exotic garnish ‡ Beautiful ice ‡ The special serve ‡ Some spirits are perfect just the way are

1 oz Tanqueray Ten 1 oz Lillet 1 oz Aperol Stirred over ice Served up in a martini glass Garnish: Grapefruit twist

Definition of a Cocktail
1803- first time the word cocktail is printed

Strong spirit bitters sugar water

The Original Manhattan
‡ 3 dashes of bitters ‡ 2 dashes of curacao or marashino ‡ 1 oz Whisky ‡ 1 oz Vermouth ‡ ice

‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Martinez Cocktail 1 dash Bokers bitters 2 dashes maraschino 1 oz Old Tom Gin 2 oz Vermouth Garnished with a slice of Lemon

Ice Changes Everything

Jerry Thomas-The God Father

The First Cocktail Books
‡ Bon Viviant¶s Companion by Jerry Thomas ‡ Bartenders Guide by Jerry Thomas ‡ IMBIBE by David Wonderich


Boston Shaker


Bar Spoon


Hawthorn Strainer


The Perfect Ten
2.5 oz Tanqueray Ten .5 oz Dolins Dry vermouth 4-6 dashes of grapefruit or orange bitters Glass: Martini Garnish: Grapefruit zest

German word ³Wermut,´ meaning wormwood vermouth is an aromatic fortified wine flavored with herbs, roots, bark, flowers and other botanicals. White vs Red Storage


‡ Another good reason not to piss off a woman

‡ David Augustus Embury: ‡ The author of ³The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, published in 1948

Basic principles
‡ Anyone can one make a good drink ‡ A drink will never be any better than the quality of the cheapest ingredient in it

Things to Consider
‡ It must wet the appetite not dull it ‡ ‡ stimulate the mind as well as the appetite ‡ It must be pleasing to the palate ‡ It must be pleasing to the eye ‡ it must be balanced

3 Components of a cocktail ‡ The base ‡ The modifying agent ‡ The Flavoring agent

Acid Sugar Alcohol

Dale Degroff-aka King Cocktail
‡ The man who made it all happen ‡ The Cosmopolitan ‡ Book ³The essential cocktail´

‡ 1 1/2 oz Vodka (Citrus preferred) ‡ 1/2 oz Cointreau ‡ 1/4 oz fresh lime juice ‡ 1 oz cranberry Juice ‡ orange peel for garnish

2 oz Don Julio Blanco Tequila 1 oz Orange Liqueur .75 oz Fresh Lime Juice

2 oz White Rum 1 oz Simple Syrup .75 oz Fresh Lime juice

2 oz Cognac 1 oz Cointreau .75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice sugar rim

Fresh Juice vs Not


Sour Mix Fresh Vs Homemade
‡ Pre Package Cost:
$5 for a 32 oz container

18 oz Simple syrup
9 oz water: Cost Free 9 oz sugar:Cost 6 cents per oz = $0.54

VS ‡ Cost of Fresh:
32 oz = 18 oz of simple syrup and 14 oz of lemon or lime juice.

14 oz lemon or lime juice:
14 lemons - $3.50

Total = $4.04

Rules of Citrus
‡ Lime vs Lemon- Storage timed ‡ Hand Juicing vs Sunkist Juicer ‡ Aged vs Non aged

How To Create a cocktail
‡ The base: ± Your cocktail is only as good as the quality of the base you begin with ‡ The modifier:
± Character builder

‡ Flavor agent:
± A new cocktail is one exchange of ingredient or one one addition of flavor away

Tequila Cocktails 1920¶s
1/2 Tequila 1/4 Cointreau 1/4 Lime Juice

1/2 Tequila 1/4 Apricot Brandy 1/4 Lime Juice

St. Ginger-Rita
St-rita 1.5 oz Don Julio Blanco 1 oz St. Germain .75 oz Fresh Lime Ginger-Rita add . 5 oz Stirrings ginger Ginger Sugar

Muddle Cocktails
‡ The Mojito ‡ The Caiprisoka ‡ Caiprinia
± Very Berry Smash

‡ Sugar Syrup vs granulated sugar to muddle

My Whisky Smash
2 oz Bulleit Rye 4 lemon wedges 5-6 mint leaves 1 oz simple syrup Glass: Rocks Garnish: Mint sprig

How do I create drinks
‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Flavor profile of the base spirit Flavor Bible Target Clientele Hot trends Seasonal ingredients Review classics for inspiration

Bulleit Bourbon: Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes Bulleit Bourbon Color: Nose: Taste: Deep Amber Creamy Vanilla, Pickling Spices and Buttery Pralines. A delicate, silky entry leads to a full body of honeyed grain, vanilla bean and pralines. Finishes long with rich, fruity caramel, and peppery spice.


Adding Flavor
‡ The Flavor Bible is as useful to anyone who cooks as a thesaurus is to anyone who writes. It's a guide to hundreds of ingredients and herbs, spices, and other seasonings that will best enhance their flavor.

Spirit Flavors
‡ Three ways to flavor a spirit:
± Maceration ± Infusion ± Flavoring

Flavored Spirit Cocktails
‡ Benefits:
± Tend to be naturally sweeter and lower in alcohol ± Less ingredients needed

± Use similar flavors ± Use complimentary flavors

Chocolate Decadence
1.5oz Godiva Choc Raspberry vodka Chilled brut champagne Glass: Chilled champagne flute, drizzled with honey Garnish: Godiva champagne truffle with raspberries

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