Culinistas's Kitchen

Cocktail Hacks

by The Culinistas

Last week we hosted a chef cocktail hour with The Cocktail Architect, a Brooklyn mixology events company, specializing in cocktail events and experiences. Not only did they create a few delicious libations including a beet juice Moscow mule, and a spicy cucumber margarita. They also shared a few useful tips/hacks on batching delicious cocktails. 

  • When shopping for cocktail ingredients, keep it seasonal! Seasonal produce keeps things fresh, local and unique
  • Pre-batch simple syrups; don't opt for cheat store-bought versions. The real thing is always best. To make a simple syrup, mix together one part hot water and one part sugar. To mix things up and build flavor, throw in whole spices like cardamom or star anise. 
  • Smack your herbs to release the flavor when using them as a garnish; this will release all the natural oils. You can also rub these on the edge of the glass to create a beautiful aroma.
  • For a simple yet cool effect, rim half the glass with lime juice, then roll the glass into a saucer of crushed nuts, spices, or chili to give an added flavor to the glass. 
  • Purchase specialty ice cube trays to add to the presentation. We love Crate and Barrel or Cocktail Kingdom. If you want to go the extra mile, freeze fresh fruit inside the ice cubes.

For more tips and tricks, check out The Cocktail Architects website and Instagram!

A special thanks to Sylvie Rosokoff  for the beautiful photograph.