What’s this all about?

Understanding Cocktails is for those of you who want to know a little bit more about what's going into that $15 drink you ordered last night. Perhaps you'd like to know what all the fussing behind the bar is about or maybe you'd like to be able to say something other than; "it's nice" when someone makes you a drink. Still not sure? Check the about section out for more details.

New Under the Sun?

Understanding Cocktails concept has been in progress, off and on for about 2 years. Admittedly more off than on and one can be lured into a false sense of originality. For heaven’s sake! It’s drinks and drinking we are talking about – everyone has an opinion – especially online. So imagine the rude awenking to discover The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks. Sure it’s been out of print for a while but it looks as though it’s being reprinted.

From what I’ve learned from the Wikipedia entry is that the author David Embury sets out some basic principles for a cocktail. These lessons must have been passed on by cocktail revivalists of the 90s-00s because it has certainly informed the thinking about what one should be looking for in a cocktail.

Embury first outlines some basic principles for fashioning a quality cocktail:

* It should be made from good-quality, high-proof liquors.
* It should whet rather than dull the appetite. Thus, it should never be sweet or syrupy, or contain too much fruit juice, egg or cream.
* It should be dry, with sufficient alcoholic flavor, yet smooth and pleasing to the palate.
* It should be pleasing to the eye.
* It should be well-iced.

Having said that. We are still looking to find a cocktail appreciation guide rather than a reciepe book. Hopefully when the reprint becomes available this can be verified. Until then, excuse our lack of research. The library awaits.

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