Spirits & Cocktails

Snooth User: Edouard510

Cocktails recipe and tips

Posted by Edouard510, Sep 15, 2016.

Hi guys,

I invited some friends for a dinner party this coming sunday and I would like to prepare some cocktails for the occasion. Knowing that cocktails are mixed alcohol drinks, I would be pleased if someone can give me some guidelines or recipes for me to succeed in making the first and best cocktails but also to keep all the most important thing in mind once I will come to prepare it.

Thanks in advance.



Reply by Dana Broadnax, Sep 15, 2016.

Reply by dvogler, Sep 15, 2016.


We talk wine here.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 15, 2016.

However there was a Snooth offshoot for cocktails a few years back. Several of our regulars are cocktail drinkers, too.

What kind of cocktails are you looking to make? I personally keep it pretty simple. Margaritas and a few other tropical type cocktails as well as things like negronis and bellinis in warmer weather. Martinis and a few others year around, even a few whisky-based. I'm no mixologist, but know how to make a few good drinks and know how to recognize more.

And what kind of crowd? Casual or hardcore?

Reply by rckr1951, Sep 15, 2016.

Gee Dana - What are you advertising - wine or spirits?

Reply by EMark, Sep 15, 2016.

Isn't Gin & Tonic the mandatory drink in the U.K.?  I really don't know.

Fill a glass with ice, add a shot of Gin.  Fill the glass with tonic.

Then, again, I learned, recently, that Europeans are not quite as ice-oriented as Americans.  It may be that you skip the ice.

Gin is really not that popular with Americans.  (I should advise, Edouard, most of us, here on the Forum are New Worlders.)  Vodka and Tonic is a bit more popular, here, but it still trails many other cocktails by miles in social trendiness.

Reply by dvogler, Sep 16, 2016.

This is getting a little weird.  Here's my dog, some photos from a couple of houses I did work at yesterday.  Oh and some wine I had a while ago. 


Reply by seahawk73, Sep 17, 2016.

At  a Hudson Valley winery several years ago we were served samples of a drink they make - a"Winearita" - A frozen Margarita with red wine instead of tequila. Really great! Not sure, but I think the winery was Baldwin. I tried making one at home but it wasn't quite as good.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 17, 2016.

A very scary concept, Seahawk! Champagne cocktails, kirs, Bellinis and a few others. I may even be willing to try some cocktails with sherry in them, like are currently getting some attention. But no wine daiquiris or margaritas, please!  ;-(

Reply by JonDerry, Sep 17, 2016.

Just about getting to Bourbon weather...grabbed some Booker's from Costco. Seems to be the trendy brand now for something a step or two above Bulleit. Like the shape of the bottle (more like a wine bottle, but not all the way like one) and the cursive writing reminds me of Robert Sinskey Rose. Anyhow, had a taste at a local restaurant a couple weeks ago and liked what was in the glass, too.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 18, 2016.

Went through a phase in the early years of last decade when Booker's was my default bourbon. Good stuff, though not necessarily the be-all and end-all of that libation. Discovered it one late-winter in Tahoe.

Was staying first on the south shore at someone else's request than moved to Truckee. Boarding at Squaw, but spring came early and when it all went slush we got off the hill, got in the car (still too cold for most people on a boat) and explored parts of the lake we hadn't been before. First stop was the Hyatt Regency on the eastern side of the lake, a place I'd always avoided before, and we hit the bar. Started talking to people at the next table, became friends for the day and next thing we were killing their bottle. Of Booker's.

Much better than what had been drinking at that time (even the Four Roses we were discussing awhile ago). Because of its ownership it was well distributed so then could ask for it most anywhere we went. Now, of course, it's owned by a Japanese firm that has been known to change recipes and ruin other brands in Scotland. Will see how that works out. Anyway, I stopped drinking it and went to others later in the decade so haven't had any for awhile. Not sure how 'trendy' it might be, though you're in a better position to judge than I. Just about the biggest bourbon maker, now owned by Japanese putting plenty of marketing muscle behind it. What's in the bottle may take a back seat, though I hope not.

Reply by JonDerry, Sep 18, 2016.

Brought the Booker's to a party tonight and continued to enjoy...easily better than the 4 Roses Small Batch I brought alongside. Sorry to hear about the ownership not being ideal.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 18, 2016.

Booker's has been the main premium small-batch label for Jim Beam for some time. That company's now known as Beam Suntory.

Reply by seahawk73, Sep 21, 2016.

No, really DMCKER - The winearita was great. Try it.

Reply by juls31, Sep 29, 2016.

Preparing cocktails can be a bit difficult for beginners, though some people said it's super easy; maybe because it doesn't take too much time but some criterias should always be taken into account when you came to prepare cocktails liqueur. You need to get all the required tools and equipment for it : shakers, strainers, muddlers... You already have these kind of tools, I suppose.

For the recipes, try to find websites which give easy recipes, that is recipes with short and clear directions and 3 or 4 tips. You would be interested by this one, it is a grapefruit-wine recipe from Delices and Gourmandises website. It is worth trying.

Reply by Miguel B, Nov 8, 2016.

Hi Edouard!

Be careful when rating the ingredients. I had a very great time last night. I attended a cocktail party and I had too much of drinks. The cocktails and mixed drinks were so good I couldn’t really stopped. I don’t recall the name though. This morning I felt something very heavy in my head. My friend told me that he added too much whiskey.

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