Mixology 101

If you’re new to cocktail making, award-winning mixologist, Christina Atkinson of The gladly, has four tips to get you slingin’ drinks in no time.

  1. Essential barware? Start with a wine and beer key, bar spoon, tin shakers, strainer, lighter, muddler, and two jiggers for measuring.
  2. Shaken or stirred? A good rule of thumb is to shake anything with citrus and stir everything else. Shaking releases more air bubbles and evenly spreads the citrus. Stirring prevents the ice from diluting non-citrus drinks.
  3. What’s with the garnish? It isn’t just there to look pretty! Before taking your first sip, get a good whiff of the garnish. If done right, it will ignite the senses and enhance the cocktail.
  4. First timer advice? Always use the least expensive ingredient first. That way if you make a mistake or add the wrong quantity, you aren’t throwing out the good stuff.

Photography by Charity Maurer.

Alejandra likes ice cream, dancing and pretty things. You can usually find her exploring downtown Phoenix, where she lives, or singing to herself while writing in a coffee shop.

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