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Cocktail-Making Basics

Get started making your own cocktails with the basic tips and tricks every home mixologist should master.
Four pink cosmopolitans in tall cocktail glasses, each with an orange twist
How to Batch Any Cocktail for a Party
Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky
What Is Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky?
Homemade Chocolate Bitters
Chocolate Bitters Recipe
Lemon Infused Vodka in martini glasses and in a jar
Lemon Infused Vodka Recipe
Apple Pie Old Fashioned
Apple Pie Old Fashioned
Rum Swizzle Cocktail
Rum Swizzle Cocktail
Bloody Mary
The Best Bloody Mary
Lavender-Rosemary Infused Vodka in a bottle
30 Homemade Mixers for a DIY Home Bar
Homemade Sweet Vermouth - Placeholder Image
Homemade Sweet Vermouth Recipe
Keto Sugar-Free Simple Syrup for Drinks
Keto Simple Syrup
Keto Margarita
Keto Margarita
Homemade Tonic Syrup Without Cinchona
Quinine-Free Tonic Syrup
Barrels of the iconic Jameson Irish Whiskey.
What Is Jameson Irish Whiskey?
Jamaican Rum Punch
Jamaican Rum Punch
Cool Down Your Next Party Punch With a Fruity Ice Ring
How to Make Ice Molds For Punch Bowls
Cranberry Ginger Shandy With Ginger Sugar Rim
Cranberry Ginger Shandy
Equipment and ingredients for Infusing spirits
18 Easy Infused Vodka Cocktails
Virgin Mary mocktail
18 Amazing Dishes and Drinks to Help Cure That Hangover
Bacardi Cocktail
24 Essential Rum Cocktails You Have to Taste
Learn the Basics of Making Great Drinks
Bartending 101: Essential Techniques, Tips, and Tricks
Madras Cocktail
22 Essential and Popular Vodka Cocktails
Classic gin martini
11 Essential Gin Cocktails You Must Try
Close-up of young female bartender serving cocktails in cocktail bar
7 Happy Hour Favorites With a Twist
Vodka tonic recipe with lime wedges
Vodka Tonic
Classic gin martini garnished with lemon twists
The Classic Gin Martini
Negroni cocktail recipe with an orange twist
The Negroni Cocktail
Illustration depicting number of shots per bottle
How Many Shots Are in a Bottle?
Illustration of fruit pairings for cocktail recipes: banana, strawberry, lemon, pomegranate, orange, and apple
Fruit Flavor Pairing in Drinks
Gomme simple syrup in a glass bottle
How to Make Your Own Gomme Syrup
Fuzzy Navel cocktail recipe in glasses garnished with oranges
Fuzzy Navel
Grasshopper cocktail
Grasshopper Cocktail
Cocktails and Food
How to Pair Cocktails and Food
Classic highball cocktail in a glass with ice
Whiskey Highball
Tequila Shots
Tequila Shot Recipe
Blushing Bride cocktail
Blushing Bride Sparkling Champagne Cocktail
Barman building cocktails in the bar
How to Build Mixed Drinks in the Glass
Italian Coffee with Strega Liqueur
10 Tasty Homemade Liqueur Recipes You Need to Try
illustration showing freezing temperatures of various types of alcohol
What Is the Freezing Point of Alcohol?
Angostura Bitters being poured into cocktail against white background
6 Essential Cocktail Bitter Brands for Your Bar
Controlling the cost of liquor poured is important for a successful bar
How Much Does It Cost to Make a Cocktail?
Well Drink vs. Call Drink
What Is the Difference between a Well and a Call Drink?
Mimosa Cocktail
How to Make Mimosas
How to Host a Cocktail Party
Two Campari and soda cocktails in highball glasses garnished with orange
Campari and Soda
Various Styles of Cocktail Shaker Strainers
How to Strain Cocktails
cocktails on a bar
What Is a Cocktail?
Cocktail in the Garden
The Bartender's Garden
Classic piso sour recipe
Tips and Recipes for Using Eggs in Cocktails
Homemade Lime Cordial Recipe
Homemade Lime Cordial
The Beautiful Cocktail
The Beautiful Cocktail
Liquor bottles lined on multiple shelves
Liquor 101: The 6 Types of Distilled Spirits
PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
What Is Pama Pomegranate Liqueur?
Blueberry Tea Cocktail Recipe
Blueberry Tea
Upgrade your soda as well for the best mixed drinks.
What You Need to Know About Soda
Lemon Liqueur in small glass
What Is a Liqueur or Cordial?
Elderflower Cocktail Recipe With Champagne
Elderflower Cocktail With Champagne
Female taster looking at the colour of whisky in glass at whisky distillery
The Effects of Aging on Liquor
illustration showing shelf life of liquor
What Is the Shelf Life of Liquor?
Scientist tasting whiskey in plant
What Is the Proof of My Cocktail?
Bartender using a barspoon to make a drink.
How to Create Layered Cocktails and Shots