Not Observing Proper Proportions
Do not think that stronger is better. Cocktail drinks are not supposed to be strong. So, make sure you observe proper proportions to make a well-balanced drink.
Skimping On Ice
Remember that ice is crucial when mixing cocktails. It does not only cool the drink down to a nice temperature, but also dilutes the drink to proper ratio.
Treating All Ingredients Equal
With regards to muddling, not all ingredients are the same. It’s best to muddle harder ingredients like citrus a bit more vigorously than delicate ingredients such as fresh herbs.
Forgetting The Garnish
Garnish is not merely about aesthetics. It also adds a certain finishing flavour profile to the cocktail. Before you put a garnish of fresh herbs on your cocktail, rub them between your palms to release oils. If you’re using citrus peel, squeeze it together over the cocktail, skin side down, before you add it to the rim of the glass.
Ruining A Cocktail With Bad Ice
Yes, there is such thing as bad ice! If ice has been in the freezer for too long, it can start to take on the tastes and smells of the freezer. These can make their way into the cocktail’s flavour, spoiling it. Use fresh ice in order to have better cocktails.
Skipping The Bitters
A few dashes of bitters could be just the thing it requires to make your cocktail go from OK to awesome. They add complexity to your cocktail, which you won’t get otherwise. However, remember not to overdo it. Just a few drops can go a long way.
Forgetting to Observe The Ice
When you are shaking a cocktail drink, you should look at the ice cubes to know when your drink is ready. Smooth edges on the ice cubes means that you have reached the ideal dilution, which is around 25%.