On “Master the basic cocktail techniques (part 1 & 2)” basic cocktail techniques such as shaking, blending and muddling were covered. This time we will cover the next four techniques that will help you on your way on becoming a master in preparing complicated and delicious cocktails. These techniques are layering, foaming egg whites, rim a cocktail glass and flair tending.
Layering is done when the presentation of a cocktail drink needs to be made and served in layers. This creates a beautiful effect that increases the appeal of a cocktail even more. Pour the ingredient on the flat side (top side) of a bar spoon to create a layered cocktail effect.
When a cocktail has a foam head, it’s most likely made with egg whites. This is possible when the egg white is separated and added to the cocktail. Shaking the egg white after the cocktail is made and adding it to the cocktail is called a dry shake. Adding egg white to your cocktail does not sound very appealing, but it does add that creamy flavour to your drink. Well known cocktails with an egg white foam head are the Whiskey Sour and Pornstar Martini.
Adding flavour to the rim of a cocktail glass gives a cocktail an extra flavour dimension. A flavoured glass rim is added before pouring a cocktail in the glass. Salted or sugared rims are most common. First you apply a sticky fluid to the rim, ensuring that the salt or sugar sticks to the rim of the glass. You can do this with lime. However, this works even better with cane sugar water or grenadine. After this is properly applied, dap the rim of the glass in some salt or sugar.
A cocktail glass rim can also have a chocolate, coconut flake or your favourite BBQ sauce (in case of a savoury cocktail). Well known cocktails with a flavoured rim are the Margarita and the Strawberry Daiquiri.
Flair tending is a cocktail technique that stands in a league of its own. It actually has nothing to do with preparing cocktails. However, if you can flair tend, you’ll be the centre of attention on every party. It’s pure entertainment. But be careful not to spend too much time on the show compared to preparing the cocktail.