A perfect cocktail should be not just tasty but beautiful as well. There many various ways to decorate such a drink. But the most visually appealing and tempting is foam. It adds aesthetics to the cocktail and complements, balances or contrasts its flavor. Although it is the best way to improve the appearance, bartenders rarely […]

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I was invited down to London’s Happiness Forgets in Hoxton Square last night for Monkey Shoulder’s Revolution in Shaking launch. We were greeted with a choice of three cocktails, all of course showcasing Monkey Shoulder, the ‘Show me the Monkey’, ‘Golden Monkey’ and ‘Morning Glory Fizz’. All delicious, though the Golden Monkey was the stand […]

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As bartenders we’ll often receive some sort of booze for Christmas and whether it’s mini gift sets with a spirit miniature and branded glasses to a full bottle of that whiskey you’ve been lusting after, there are a few essential cocktail ingredients that you can keep on hand to make the most of whatever you […]

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Bar Optics. Those upside down bottle holders on the walls of bars, must die. Strong, I know, but justified. Bartenders have to turn their back on the guest to use them. This is a pet peeve of mine, and also why I don’t like having the cash registers on the back bar either. Drinks should be […]

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Lets face it, a lot of us got into bartending because we saw Tom Cruise and the girls from Coyote Ugly flipping bottles and looking cool. It turns out, that’s not how every bar in the world is, there’s no Doug Coughlin behind the bar to train you into a bartending Jedi, but all is […]

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This isn’t going to be a typical article for BartenderHQ… A few years ago, after I’d come back from living in Dubai and briefly in Greece, I came back to the UK and was doing some work as a close up magician. In truth, one of my good friends was an excellent close up magician, […]

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Guru is a great bartender I had the pleasure to work with at One & Only The Palm’s 101 Bar and Marina back in 2011. Since then he’s gone from strength to strength, winning awards and improving his work beyond recognition (and he was pretty good back then, winning One & Only’s “Employee of the […]

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Cocktail shakers come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes each with their advantages and downsides. Below is a (incomplete) guide to some of the more popular ones and why you’d want them. We’ll split them into a couple of main groups, Boston style and three piece style. Three Piece: These are the traditional […]

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Are you a bartender who arrives at work hung over, in a creased shirt wearing an apron which you can identify every drink you made last night from, borrowing a pen from the customer and cracking beers off the bar top edge? Or do you arrive at the bar before your shift to make sure […]

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Stirred drinks cover many of the classics, properly made Martinis being the most notable. Whenever a drink is served chilled straight up and doesn’t contain fruit juices, syrups and creams, its most likely a stirred drink. Stirring a drink with ice to chill it reduces the amount of dilution compared to a shaken drink, maintains […]

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