Cocktail sets are a great option to give as a gift or as a present to yourself particularly as an introduction to the hobby. And they needn’t be expensive either – our top ten picks retail from thirty to a hundred bucks. A typical set contains a shaker, tongs, spoon, muddler and jigger although some contain more such as bottle pourers, presentation boxes and worktop organizers. Our choices are popular brands that have a reputation of being good value for money – and this isn’t a euphemism for poor quality! [Read more…]
Whiskies occupy a special place in our hearts. Whether for sipping or for mixing in exciting cocktails we’re often asked about why are there so many different types and if it matters how much you spend on them. In this buyer’s guide to whiskey we’ll try and answer these questions and also tell you more about how different ingredients and production influences the flavor. [Read more…]
Having your sights on a night out at one of the best cocktail bars in the world is more than just ticking something off your bucket list. It’s a chance to tour some of the most eclectic and extraordinary locales on an up market bar crawl! There are so many to choose from locally, state-wide and globally it’s a veritable harvest of rich pickings. Luckily to help us out there are annual awards from critics and the community. So let’s take a look at the most astonishing cocktail bars the world has to offer.
Often used but often overlooked – the humble jigger is the quintessential measure for preparing your favorite cocktail but what do you need to look for in the best jiggers? Coming in double-ended egg-cup shapes they typically have a 1 oz and ½ oz capacity gauge or a 1½ oz and ¾ oz measure. European jiggers are metric and differ in volume and you will still find variations in capacity with jiggers in the States when it comes to measures made in ‘shot’ volumes. The best jiggers will bear multiple measurement markings with useful increments but sometimes these don’t include all the useful volumes such as the a quarter ounce. They are typically stainless steel but other metals, finishes and materials are used and some possess design tweaks or innovations to improve the owning and using experience.
Get your party into full swing with the best cocktail shakers going. Looking for something stylish yet understated? Have an eye on something retro or as a novelty talking point? Our reviewers have had the tricky – but pleasurable – task of trying out many of the latest cocktail shakers to select the best Boston shakers, cobbler shakers, French Shakers, and much more besides for you.
Cocktail drinkers have known for years how the taste, experience and enjoyment of their favorite beverages are improved by serving them from the best cocktail glass sets. This is down to a combination of the visual aesthetic and the affect on the flavor profile that the shape, weight, longevity and quality afford. In this article we review the best cocktail glass sets you can buy, which drinks they are ideal for and just what size glass you should go for. After all, a small glass won’t leave you with much of a cocktail to drink if it includes ice!
On a hot day, there are very few indulgences as welcome as a cold drink. And when you’re lounging in the back yard with your best friends, nothing can bring the party to a grinding halt like running out of ice.
Ask yourself this: how many times have you had to rip down to the gas station just to grab an overpriced bag of ice? With a portable ice maker, these trips (and the expense!) can be a thing of the past. If you enjoy keeping your beverages cool, an ice maker can pay itself off in no time. But for this to happen, you’ve got to get the right kind.
Do you need to invest in a restaurant grade? Or should you just whip down to Wal-Mart and grab the cheapest thing you can find? For most consumers, neither of these choices is true. The savvy buyer will investigate the features available and find the model that best suits their individual needs.
A love for whiskey is something that develops slowly. Every connoisseur has a different experience. Between Scotch, Bourbon, Rye, Single Malt, and everything in between, there is plenty to choose from. What soothes the palette of one might lack appeal to another. Your individual taste is defined by your experience, and grows with every glass.
In our guide to buying vodka online we cover our choice of the best vodkas to mix your perfect cocktail. One of the joys of the internet is that you have many options to buy vodka suitable for all sorts of occasions and budgets. With today being World Vodka Day let’s