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Mixology

Standard Bar Measurements:

Professional bartenders make it look so easy! The rest of us better break out the measuring spoons. If you want to mix the perfect drink, you've got to use the right amounts of each ingredient. Whether it's a jigger, dash or shot, let this chart be your guide to master mixology!

  • 1 part = any equal part
  • 1 dash/splash = 132 ounce
  • 1 teaspoon (tsp.) = 18 ounce
  • 1 tablespoon (Tbsp.) = 38 ounce
  • 1 jigger/bar glass = 1 12 ounces
  • 1 shot (*) = 1 12 ounces
  • 1 split = 6 ounces
  • 1 cup = 8 ounces
  • 1 pint (pt.) = 16 ounces
  • 1 quart (qt.) = 32 ounces
  • 1 fifth = 25.6 ounces (15 gallon)
  • 1 gallon (gal.) = 128 ounces

Decorating Cocktails:

Looking for a fun, inexpensive way to add color and character to your cocktails? Decorate them! Get creative by adding elements to the rim of the cocktail glass, such as garnishes or frosting. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

Garnishes:

Garnishes refer to the "extras" that are added to any particular cocktail. Some of the most popular are lemon peels, limes and cherries.

Frosting:

Frosting refers to the decorations on the rims of any kind of cocktail glass. Some of the most common frostings include sugar and salt. This can be done by rubbing a lemon (or any fruit) around the rim of a glass, and then dipping the glass into the preferred frosting. Margaritas are well-known for the salt that is applied to the rim of the margarita glasses.

Insider Tips:

  • Ice is the secret ingredient to a great drink! Always make sure to have enough ice on hand for the entire night. Remember: You can NEVER have enough ice!
  • Always use glassware over plastic cups when serving drinks. Plastic cups will affect the taste of the cocktail.
  • Chill the glassware before using by placing it in the freezer for about an hour. This will help keep drinks cold!
  • Presentation is a big factor in the overall enjoyment of a drink, so get creative with the colors and garnishes. Garnishes are a great, affordable way to enhance the appearance of a cocktail!
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