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Ways to Improve Your Mixology Skills
Having a stocked bar cart in your home is basically a given if you enjoy hosting people. There’s something to be said, though, about the guy that can actually do something with it—you know, like make an impressive cocktail.
Sure, having the right liquor is important, but sharpening those mixology skills (or lack thereof) is about much more than just the ingredients you’re using. Every choice you make when crafting a drink—right down the ice—makes a difference in the final product.
And yes, there is a correct ice to use. The new LG InstaView fridge with Craft Ice™ makes ice spheres that will elevate any drink you pour on top of them. Check out these five tips for taking your mixology skills to the next level, craft ice and all.
1. Get the Right Bar Tools
Shaking and stirring is half of creating a cocktail, so you want to be sure you have quality, reliable tools to get the job done. Get creative with the bar tools you have on hand, but know that these are the essentials: shaker, muddler, bar spoon, bottle opener, paring knife, and jigger.
2. Know Your Spirits
The best way to get really good at making cocktails is to know the various spirits really well. What goes best with gin? Which flavors do you avoid with whiskey? A good place to start is with your favorite liquor—draw inspiration from some of the classics: Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, etc. and then add your own spin once you’ve mastered those.
3. Elevate Your Drinks With Craft Ice
Everyone knows that presentation is key when crafting cocktails—especially when you have guests to impress—so wow them with every detail right down to the ice.
The new LG InstaView fridge with Craft Ice™ automatically produces round ice on demand so you always have a bin full of ice at your disposal – perfect for hosting multiple guests. The ice spheres not only keep your drinks cooler for longer, but they also add a level of sophistication to every cocktail served.
4. Make Sure You Have the Right Glass
Let’s be real—a martini just doesn’t taste right in a whiskey glass. Be prepared to cater to all kinds of cocktails with a variety of different glasses: martini, coupe, whiskey, and high ball, to name a few.
5. Always Add a Finishing Touch
Don’t underestimate the power of a finishing touch when making cocktails—a zesty orange peel garnish or salted glass rim can take a drink from average to exceptional. Keep premium ingredients on hand, such as lemons, limes, salt, brown sugar, and basil.
Plus, the same fridge that’s serving up the sphere ice cubes keeps produce fresh for up to two times longer than others on the market—so you can buy the oranges now and use them for your party next weekend.
Photography by Chelsea Kyle, Prop Styling by JoJo Li, Food Styling by Emma Feigenbaum.
Maya McDowell is an Assistant Editor at HearstMade.