Mixing cocktails is an art form. It takes skill, precision, and the right ingredients to create a perfect drink. That’s why when you’re making your drink, it’s important that you get all of these elements just right. Here are some mistakes to avoid when mixing cocktails to have a successful mixing process. That way, you can make a cocktail you’ll enjoy and even be proud to share with your friends or family.
1. Using Low-Quality Liquors
You wouldn’t want to have a cup of coffee that tastes like dishwater, so why would you want a cocktail made from low-quality liquors? The fun thing about making your own cocktails is that you can experiment with different flavors and types of liquor. If the vodka you’re using is low-quality, it’s going to affect the taste of your cocktail. Cheap vodkas will be more prone to causing a headache or giving you a hangover.
Whether you’re making a holiday cocktail or any other, always use good quality ingredients, even if it means spending a bit more. You’ll be happy you did when you’re sipping on your delicious cocktail.
2. Poor Measurements
You wouldn’t want to add too little of your ingredients, would you? Of course not! The same thing applies when mixing cocktails. If you’re using the wrong measurements, then you won’t get the best drink possible and it may end up tasting bad.
If you don’t have a jigger or measuring cup, never fear! You can always use a shot glass to help you get the right measurements when mixing your cocktail. Then, once you have it at the right ratio, you can transfer it to a larger container so that it’s ready for pouring in your serving glass.
3. Using Too Much Syrup or Sugar
We all like a little sweetness in our cocktails, but there is such a thing as too much sugar. If you’re trying to cut down on your sugar intake and watch your calorie intake, then it’s important that you don’t pour on the syrup like it’s going out of style. Just remember, if you use too much syrup or sugar, then your cocktail will begin to taste more like a soda than a drink. Keep the added sugar minimal and only add as much as needed for flavor.
4. Skipping Out on the Lemon or Lime Juice
Unless you’re allergic to lemons or limes, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be squeezing them all over your drink. Lemon and lime juice actually help to balance out the flavors of your cocktail. It’s like getting a second opinion. If you don’t believe in what your mixologist is saying, then I would recommend interviewing those lemons or limes before putting them in your cup. You may end up believing what they have to say.
5. Not Stirring Enough
When making a cocktail, you need to make sure that it’s well-mixed and chilled before serving. If you don’t stir your drink enough, then the alcohol will stay on the bottom of your glass and not be mixed with all of the other ingredients. This can cause your drink to be quite harsh on the throat and not as enjoyable.
Stir your drink for at least fifteen seconds before serving. That way, you’ll get a well-mixed cocktail that is also chilled to perfection.
6. Overindulging in Alcohol
We all know that overindulging in alcohol is never a good idea. It can lead to a nasty hangover, among other things. But what some people may not know is that overindulging in alcohol can also ruin your cocktail experience.
If you’re not careful, you might find yourself drinking too much and not even enjoying your drink. Remember to sip slowly and enjoy the taste of your cocktail. If you try to chug it all down in one go, then you’ll most likely regret your decision the next day when you have a mouthful of sand and salt.
7. No One’s Invited
As with any good event, the best cocktails are made when there is a group of people involved. When you’re mixing cocktails by yourself, it’s not as much fun and the drinks usually don’t turn out as well. So get your friends together, put on some music, and start mixing those drinks!
Not only will everyone have a good time, but you’ll also get to show off your bartending skills. And who knows, your drinks may even turn out to be better than the ones your mixologist friend makes! Making cocktails can be a fun and enjoyable experience as long as you avoid making these seven mistakes. So get your ingredients together, invite some friends over, and start mixing! You’re guaranteed to have a good time.