Discover Caraïbos' golden rules for a successful cocktail
Step1: Getting ready
Making a cocktail is a real art which requires preparation.
The aim is not to serve a cocktail like you would serve a simple glass of water.
Key points to remember:
A cocktail is normally composed of three types of ingredients:
- 1 type of alcohol (and only one!) which forms the base of your cocktail. This is the part which gives it its strength and body.
- Fruit (liqueurs, cream liqueurs, syrups, bitters, vermouths) and/or soda (tonics, soft drinks) and/or a flavour enhancer in a tiny dose (bitter or spicy sauce) giving the cocktail flavour and colour.
- Ice, to cool it all down! It is best to use big chunks of ice and make sure it is very cold to avoid adding too much water to the mixture.
Step 2: Putting it all together
Assembling the different ingredients making up your cocktail is a crucial stage in its success. This can be done in 4 ways:
- Using a cocktail shaker
- Using a mixing glass
- Directly in the glass: this technique is often used for the simplest cocktails or layered cocktails.
- Using a blender: this utensil is preferred for making frozen drinks, creamy mixtures, or exotic cocktails requiring a specific consistency.
Step 3: Serving
Each type of cocktail has its own type of glass.
There are 3 main types of glasses:
The cocktail, or Martini, glass: (7-12 cl), sleek and sophisticated,
Le tumbler: (20 à 25cl) ce type de verre aux lignes plus classiques
The tumbler: (20-25cl), this type of glass with its classic lines is mostly used for long drinks.
The Old-Fashioned cocktail glass: (15-33 cl) wider and shorter than the first two, this "short tumbler" is a classic and used mainly for short drinks.
You can, of course, use any type of glass to suit your taste because there are so many. Find all the original glasses in our "universe of ustensils" section.
Step 4: Decoration
Decoration is often neglected yet vital when preparing a cocktail. Although a cocktail is a taste sensation, it is first and foremost a feast for the eyes! It is part of the essential art of making a cocktail and makes each drink unique. Find our decoration tips in the "Tips from the Experts" section.