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David Willner (General Manager, PS 450, Vig 27 & The Volstead, NYC) gives expert video advice on: How do I make a Mojito? and more...
How do I make a Manhattan?
To make a Manhattan, take your shaker, fill it with ice, and then take about two ounces of rye whisky. You can use bourbon or another type of whisky for a Manhattan, but traditionally it should be rye in a Manhattan. Then take a half an ounce of sweet vermouth, and a dash or two of Angus Storr bitters. Take your other shaker, shake the Manhattan mixture up, grab your strainer, put it on top of your shaker, and pour the Manhattan into an up glass or a martini glass. Finish the Manhattan off with a little cherry at the bottom, and you have a Manhattan. Traditionally, Manhattans should always be in that martini or up glass. The Manhattan can be served on the rocks, but you should always let your guest let you know that they want it on the rocks. If they don't say that, they want the Manhattan in a martini glass.
How do I make a Cosmopolitan?
You can make a Cosmopolitan using a citrus or lemon vodka, Cointreau or triple sec, cranberry juice, your shaker, your strainer, ice, and lime juice. You need to take your shaker, fill it up with ice, pour 2 ounces of the citrus vodka in there, one ounce of the Cointreau or triple sec, one ounce of cranberry juice and about a half an ounce of lime juice. Shake that up, take your strainer and put it on top of your shaker, then pour your Cosmopolitan into a martini or "up" glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
How do I make a Long Island ice tea?
To make a Long Island Ice Tea, you'll need vodka, rum, gin, tequila, sour mix, cola and some lemon. You'll also need to have a highball or pint glass. You should mix a half ounce of each liqueur and a half ounce of sour mix in your shaker, along with some ice. After you've mixed those ingredients, then you can pour into your glass, add some cola and top off with a lemon garnish, that's a Long Island Ice Tea.
How do I make a White Russian?
To make a White Russian, you need vodka, coffee liqueur which is almost always Kahlua, and a little bit of cream. Milk can be used, but cream is certainly preferred in a White Russian. And you want to have an old-fashioned glass. Take your old-fashioned glass, fill it up with ice, pour about two ounces of vodka directly in the glass, one ounce of your Kahlua right on top of that, and now float the cream on top. That's how you make a White Russian. You can also make a Black Russian the exact same way, just don't use any cream.
How do I make a Margarita?
To make a Margarita, you'll need tequila, triple sec or Cointreau and lime juice or sour mix. The glass you use will depend on whether your guest wants their cocktail "up" or on the rocks; Martini glass for the former and highball for the latter. You'll also need your shaker, your strainer and some ice. Take your shaker and fill it with ice, about two ounces of tequila in there, one and one quarter ounces of Cointreau or triple sec, one ounce of lime juice and about one ounce of sour mix. That is a Margarita. Now, if your guest wants their Margarita with salt, you have to salt the rim of your glass, whether it's the up glass or the highball glass. Take the glass, dip it in lime juice, and then dip it into the salt. Grab the shaker with the Margarita in, put your strainer on top of it if you're doing an up drink and pour the Margarita.
How do I make a Tom Collins?
To make a Tom Collins, you will need gin, sour mix and soda water. You'll need a highball glass, and of course ice. You can do the Tom Collins directly in the glass, so go ahead and pour about two ounces of the gin, about one ounce of the soda water, and the rest with sour mix. Garnish it with a little lime and a straw, your Tom Collins is good to go.
How do I make a Mojito?
To make a Mojito, you will need fresh lime, fresh mint, sugar, a small shaker, a muddler, light rum and a little bit of soda. Take the fruit, the sugar, the mint and the lime and put them in the base of your small shaker. Take your muddler and muddle it up really well. Muddling just means squishing the ingredients down, in order to get a much juice as possible from them. Once you've done that, take a lime and just squeeze about half of it in the bottom of that shaker. Take the contents of your shaker and pour it into a highball glass. Once you have that, it should be about an ounce or so, including what you've muddled. Fill the glass with ice, pour over about 2 ounces of light rum and shake it up with the shaker. To finish off your Mojito, you should top it up with a little soda water and ganish with Lime.