Snoop Dogg was on Sunday awarded a Guinness World record for making the world’s largest “paradise cocktail” along with US celebrity chef Michael Voltaggio and fellow rapper Warren G.
The 46-year-old rapper took part in the world record attempt at BottleRock Napa Valley on Sunday, pouring 180 bottles of Hendrick’s Gin into a juice-filled glass which stood at five-feet tall and three-feet wide. A total of 550 litres of gin was used in making the cocktail.
Mercury News reports that Guinness World Records official was present to judge and hand over a certification of achievement to the rapper.
After gaining popularity for his song “Gin & Juice” — the second single from his debut album Doggystyle, Snoop has finally made the real gin and juice cocktail.
He shared his record-breaking mixology on Instagram, posting a photo where he proudly holds up his new award.
Add all ingredients to shaker with plenty of crushed ice.
Shake to chill thoroughly.
Strain into glass containing a couple of ice cubes.
Amaretto and Coke
Is there an alcoholic beverage that doesn’t go well with Coke? Mixing drinks with coke are popular because they are so easy, yet so refreshing. You can serve it with or without ice, and garnishing with fruits is left totally to the choice of the bartender or the drinker.
Literally, you begin to hear the screams when the drink touches your tongue.
It is a big deal to be vegan – it is even a bigger deal to be a vegan who loves to drink. Why? Because most alcoholic products have imports of animal products in them.
Gladly, nearly all beers and distilled spirits are vegan, so you are a bit safe. But still, you have to avoid some cream-based liqueurs and products that mention honey on (PS: if you call your lover “honey”, you are a half-vegan)
What about cocktails? Are there any vegan cocktails?
Some cocktails use milk, cream, egg whites, and other animal products, so it takes some good research to know what cocktail to avoid as a vegan, as well as the alcoholic brand used in making them.
Here is a list of some cocktails you can make and enjoy as a vegan.
Vegan Cream Cocktail
How about creating your own home-made Irish cream? Go for a good bottle of rum, say Captain Morgan, and Kahlua, and then your simple magic comes alive.
Hopefully, we only get married once in our lifetime. Even if we choose to renew vows, that first one will always have a special place in our heart and we don’t ever want to look back at it and feel like there’s something we could’ve done better. Our choice of drinks for the big day is one of those things we must get right, and luckily there are cocktails made specifically for weddings!
Your guests will have a blast and it can’t hurt to help them have even more fun with refreshing liquid courage. These cooling, flavourful cocktails are all you need to have your guests hitting the bar and dancefloor as you’d want them to.
The creamy take on margarita is perfect for your wedding partly because it gives a beachside feel to it. If you want your guests feeling relaxed and in the mood for fun whether your wedding is beachside or not, coconut margarita will do.
Pour in the coconut milk, tequila blanco, triple sec and coconut water in a shaker.
Pour into cocktail glass filled with ice.
Garnish with lime wedge.
2. Dark & Stormy
The popular rum and ginger beer mixer is as gorgeous to look at as it is to drink. It is a beautifully layered drink with a sharp bite of Ginger Beer blended with a moody wash of tropical dark rum. Dark and Stormy gets a leg up with a sugar rim and lime garnish.
The cocktail is trademarked by Gosling’s, so is made with Gosling’s Black Seal Rum.
2 oz. Gosling’s Black Seal Rum
4 oz. ginger beer
How to Make the Dark & Stormy Cocktail
Fill a highball glass with ice.
Pour in the Ginger Beer.
Pour in the Dark Rum over the back of a spoon to help keep the darker layer floating on top.
Garnish with a lime wedge.
3. Rum Orange Swizzle
Made with rum, and stirred with fresh squeezed orange juice, a sugar cube, maraschino liquor, and bitters, this cocktail is refreshing, tasty and punchy. Rum Orange Swizzle will lighten moods and help with your wedding’s cheer.
Add rum, orange juice, sugar cube and maraschino liqueur to your Collins glass.
Stir with a bar spoon until sugar cube is dissolved.
Fill glass with crushed ice and ‘swizzle’ using a swizzle stick or bar spoon until cocktail is fully mixed and glass is frosty.
Garnish with orange wedge and maraschino cherry.
4. Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade
Nothing says wedding like the taste of a blackberry and whiskey lemonade cocktail. It’s a sweet whiskey cocktail with a hint of earthiness from fresh rosemary. Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade can be served made-to-order, or with large pitchers on hand for quick pouring.
For the Blackberry Simple Syrup:
12 oz. fresh blackberries
½ cup sugar
For the Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade:
7.5 oz. whiskey
7.5 oz. lemon juice
1 large rosemary sprig
6 oz. blackberry simple syrup
How to Make the Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade Cocktail
For the Blackberry Simple Syrup:
Put the blackberries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until blackberries have softened and you have a thick syrup.
Strain syrup through a mesh sieve to separate any seeds or lumps from the syrup.
Let syrup cool on the counter for roughly 20 minutes before you make the drinks.
For the Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade:
Pour all ingredients in a large shaker and add a handful or two of ice cubes.
Shake to mix and chill drink.
Pour over ice into glasses.
5. Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco
With this fizzy sipper your guest can cool down on the hot day, and be ready to party when the time comes. All your bartender needs for this cocktail: prosecco, limoncello, frozen raspberries and some refreshing sprigs of mint.
3 cups prosecco, chilled
1 cup limoncello liqueur, chilled
1 cup frozen raspberries
6 sprigs fresh mint
How to Make the Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco Cocktail
In a large pitcher, whisk together your prosecco and limoncello.
Serve over raspberries, garnished with mint, if preferred.
Vodka has become one of the most popular alcoholic beverages used in creating various cocktail drinks. The versatility of vodka has simply made it a mixologist’s delight.
Aside from the plain vodka, there are lots of flavoured vodkas that beat the limitation that comes with rum and whisky by offering countless flavours to base your cocktail on.
As you relish the wonderful experience that comes with vodka, here are five (5) drinks you can mix with vodka to make classic vodka cocktails.
Orange Juice (Screwdriver)
Orange juice goes well with about any alcoholic beverage, and vodka is just perfect. Add four or five ice cubes in a tall glass. Pour in 2 shots vodka and top with orange juice until the glass is almost full. Stir, then garnish with an orange slice and serve and viola you have your glass of Screwdriver cocktail.
Vermouth (Vodka Martini)
You can go the James Bond style by having a vodka martini -“shaken, not stirred”. Simply put five or six ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 shot vodka and 1/2 shot vermouth. Cover and shake, then strain and pour into a classic martini glass. Garnish with olives on a sword or toothpick.
Lemonade (Lemon Drop)
Lemonade is a wonderful addition to vodka; it brings some form of coolness to a hot day. It is best to use a citrus-flavoured vodka to create your glass of Lemon Drop Cocktail. Mix 2 shots vodka, 2 shots lemonade and 1/2 shot sweet-and-sour mix. Serve over ice and garnished with a lemon slice.
Lime Juice & Triple Sec (Cosmopolitan)
The “Sex and the City” television show kicked off the new trend for this classic vodka-based cocktail. You might need a few more ingredients than just lime juice and triple sec, cranberry juice is also needed. Begin by adding four to six ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Add 1 shot vodka, 1/2 shot triple sec, 1/2 shot lime juice and 1/2 shot cranberry juice. Shake very well and pour into a martini glass. Lime wedge or curls of lime rind make for a splendid garnish.
Tomato Juice (Bloody Mary)
For the daredevils, just tomato juice and a strong vodka are enough to go. However, you can make a classic Bloody Mary cocktail by combining 2 shots tomato juice, 1 shot vodka, about 1/2 tablespoonful Worcestershire sauce, a squeeze of lemon juice and 2 drops hot sauce. Shake together with five to six ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice.
Like every other beautiful thing, cocktails take an ample amount of artistry to make. There are certain techniques and terminology that the rookie mixologist should know when trying out a recipe.
We have selected 13 important techniques and terminolgy essential in making a cocktail.
Build a drink
Some cocktail recipes require strategic building in a glass. Building demands careful pouring of ingredients in layers. It is the oldest and simplest method of preparing a cocktail.
Shake a drink
“Shaken, not stirred” – you must know that famous line from James Bond. Shaking is the most common method for making a drink. It involves filling the shaker with ice and shaking for about 15 seconds to ensure the drink is chill and the ingredients mix properly.
Strain a drink
Straining a cocktail is done in order to keep out broken ice and fruit pieces from the main drink.
Double-strain a drink
This technique is typically used when making Martini-style cocktails. The fine strainer is used to catch all the tiny ice slivers so that the drink is not watered down in the glass.
Pour a drink
This involves pouring the entire contents of the shaker into a glass without using a strainer.
Stir a drink
Stirring is a technique used for recipes that are made up of ice and alcohol. It takes about 20 – 25 seconds to stir a drink to the right temperature.
Rock ‘N Roll a drink
Rocking and rolling refers to throwing the ice and ingredients and forth between the shaker’s glass and the metal tumbler. It adds an element of flair to the drink and is most commonly used for Caipirinha.
Layer a drink
Layering is when the various ingredients are poured along the bar spoon’s spiral in layers. The b-52 and Pousse Cafe are the most commonly layered drinks.
Blend a drink
Blending is not quite as easy as it sounds. A perfect blend for cocktail usually involves using crushed ice one scoop per cocktail. Never blend for more than 10 seconds.
Always prepare the garnishing before mixing the ingredients. It is also important to create a space for cutting fruit and garnishes at the bar based on the cocktail menu.
Muddling involves pressing fruits with a muddler till it becomes a puree. It is best to use fresh fruits only. This is done in order for the fruit to mix easily with other ingredients.
Rimming a glass
This is an indirect technique for mixing spices in a cocktail. It involves moistening the edge of the glass with lemon juice before rolling in the required spice. Lemon or lime juice goes well with salt, while sugar or cacao combines well with orange juice.
Pouring in a glass
Anybody can pour a drink. Or so you thought. This actually a delicate skill as you need to pour the right amount of drink. Some mixologists use the counting system to pour the correct amount. This skill must be adequately practised in order to get it right subsequently. The challenge here is every recipe with more or less of a certain ingredient tastes differently. Another way to get it right is by using aa jigger as it slows down the speed of the pour, helping you to get it right.
*You ought to practice these techinques extremely well. Because as it rightly said – practice makes perfect
Mixing the perfect drink requires creativity, focus, expertise and consistency. It has become an art in its own right as more cocktails are invented regularly.
Just like every other art form, making cocktails requires certain tools to get the job done right and quickly too. For the beginner mixologist, having the proper tools is almost as important as getting the recipe right. As a matter of fact, the right tools propel the right recipe.
Basic Cocktail Tools
The basic tools needed to make that darling cocktail are explained below:
The Boston Shaker is highly essential in the cocktail-making process. It consists of two parts: a mixing glass and a metal tumbler. It used to have a third part which was a built-in strainer. The beautiful thing about the Boston Shaker is that the customer gets to see what goes into the mixing glass. Add that to the beauty of watching the ingredients mix together as the mixologist gets to work.
The strainer is a basic sieve designed to be placed on the shaker. It keeps broken ice and fruit or other pulp in the metal tumbler while the drink is being poured.
In order to keep the cocktail clear, a fine strainer is used to catch all the smaller pieces of ice and fruit while pouring the drink.
You definitely need the bar knife for cutting fruits and other garnishing.
The Jigger is a measuring cup with measures on both ends. It is used in measuring the right amount of ingredient to add to the cocktail.
The Bar Spoon is used to stir, scoop spices, layer drinks and muddle soft fruit. It comes with a coin-like end that suits its purpose.
Blenders are primarily used for frozen drinks and are quite useful in making purees.
It is used in mashing fruits into a puree, as well as extracting juice from various citrus fruits.
This is a special cap placed on bottles for optimal speed at the bar. Mixologists and bartenders with years of experience use the Pour Spout to pour the correct quantity of drink without having to measure.
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