We here at A Bar Above obviously love cocktails– as do you, I’m sure, since you’re on this site. And the last two years have certainly given us all the reasons to pour drinks. But “Dry January”– or any other month, for that matter– can be a beneficial reset, whether your goal is breaking habits, weight loss, or getting better sleep.
If you’re not straining correctly, you may be over-diluting your cocktails with water or leaving herbs, bits of fruit, or pulp floating in your drink. I’m here to tell you about double straining and why it’s an easy technique that’ll make your cocktails that much closer to the drinks you’d enjoy at a craft cocktail bar.
If you have asked yourself if you’re supposed to use vodka or gin in a specific cocktail, don’t be embarrassed. I’m a professional bartender and cocktail competition competitor, and I ponder this question regularly. These spirits– like the gin vs vodka debate– are complex, engaging, and fun.
Let’s explore the types of vodka, the myths and facts, distillation process, and branding so that you can buy with confidence.