3 spicy cocktails

Let’s add a little spice to it shall we?! Yes, the heat from a chilli pepper can sometimes wake something in us. Some warmness in our cold souls. 

We dedicated a whole page for this feeling! 

Let’s get to it. 
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Let’s get to it! 


Hot and spicy

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml tequila 
  • 25 ml lime juice
  • 1 cut jalapeno 
  • Ice: cubes and big rock
  • Garnish: corn syrup & salt and lime zest & dry lime wheel

Tools 

  • Shaker
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Tea strainer
  • Rocks glass

The how to 

First we prepare the rim of the glass. Using the syrup we make it sticky. Go all around. Make a mix out of the salt and lime zest and tap the rim in it.

In your shaker add the tequila, lime juice, jalapeno and ice cubes. Shake well until chilled. Double strain it in your glass over the crushed ice. Make sure you don’t touch  the rim. Garnish with the dry lime wheel.


Warm nights

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml whiskey 
  • 1 chilli pepper
  • 75 ml orange juice
  • 15 ml cherry syrup
  • Ice
  • Garnish: orange wheel

Tools 

  • Shaker 
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Tea strainer
  • Collins glass


The how to 

In your shaker add the whiskey, orange juice and the cut chilli pepper. Add ice and shake well. Double stain over ice in your glass and pour in the cherry syrup. Add the orange wheel as garnish.


Hellish

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml vodka
  • 15 ml lime juice
  • 25 ml rose water
  • 5-6 pink pepper beans
  • 5-6 black pepper beans 
  • Ice 
  • Garnish: a small rose

Tools 

  • Shaker 
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Tea strainer
  • Coupe glass

The how to 

In your shaker add the rum, lime juice, pepper beans and rose water. Add ice and shake well. Double stain in your glass with no ice. Adding the rose to the glass/ petals from one will work as well.


Inventory tips- how to

As any “ trained” manager would say: “It is not that hard, just count”, and they couldn’t be more wrong! 

We put together some generalities on how to actually train and make an inventory system and you can find it here. 

One more thing that we should add there is how important is to train your staff. Explain how this works, tell them how important consistency is and be open if they have different ideas. 

Liquor bottle counting

I heard so many ways to do this, like weighing the empty bottle and having a base weight and doing the same to the bottle  that is opened. Calculating like this the liquid inside. In my opinion this is as reliable as the eyeballing method. The manufacturer can change the composition of the bottles, they may differ in weight and it also takes way too long to do this. It can also happen that you change suppliers and you will not be using the same label of booze. 

I still consider the “eye” method the best and the fastest. To add to it you can mark with a permanent marker on the bottle. This will get better and faster the more you do it. You can split the bottle in 10 equal parts to make it easier for you.

Do not pour the liquid in a measuring cup and then pour it back in the bottle! If you do not know why this is a bad thing you should train some more or switch careers. 


Wine inventory – open bottles 

The difference between the wine and the hard booze is that the first one goes bad way faster.

To make sure we do not serve spoiled wine we always need to write the date when we open the drink.

Once the wine approaches the date of no return, start promoting better or if you have a kitchen, make something special with it. If that is not a possibility, create a cocktail with it, something new that people will like. 

Otherwise, the method for counting open wine is the same, use your eyes. 


For kegs 

The best way to measure this is with a scale. It is labor intensive and time consuming. You should weigh each full keg when you receive it and note it down(this way you create a database in case your suppliers change). Once you are having the inventory you are putting the “then in use” keg on the scale and sdo some math. 

You can also lift it and approximate but I do not consider this accurate. 

3 Best Egg White Cocktails

People usually get scared when they see this, they find it complicated but in reality it is an easy step. It’s just one step extra in the preparation of a nice tasty drink. 

This extra step is called “Dry shake” and this is what makes the egg white foam.

Keep in mind if you are vegan, vegetarian, or just don’t like eggs  you can exchange them with aquafaba.  

To cool down your cocktail we have a second shake that we call” wet shake” and basically you just add ice.

If you want to know more about what different methods of making cocktails are out there you can check our free bartending course here. 

Let’s get to it!


Boston sour

know as whiskey sour with egg white/aquafaba

Boston sour

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml whiskey 
  • 25 ml egg white  
  • 25 ml simple syrup 
  • Ice
  • Garnish ( 1 lemon peel)

Tools 

  • Shaker 
  • Cocktail strainer
  • Coupe glass


The how to 

Add everything in your shaker except ice and the garnish and dry shake. Shake it well. After your arm hurts, add ice and shake again until chilled. Pour in your glass with no ice and garnish with an extravagant orange peel on which you cut the end and make it pointy , make a cut in the middle so you can stick it on the rim’s glass. 

There is also a Whiskey sour without egg and that you serve on ice in a rocks glass.


Amaretto sour 

Amaretto sour

Ingredients 

  • 75 ml Amaretto
  • 25 ml lemon juice 
  • 25 ml egg white  
  • 10 ml simple syrup 
  • Ice
  • Garnish ( 1 lemon peel/ maraschino cherry )

Tools 

  • Shaker 
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Tea strainer 
  • Rocks glass


The how to 

Add everything in your shaker except ice and the garnish and dry shake. Shake it well. After you are done, add ice and shake again until chilled. Double strain it in your glass over ice  and garnish with an extravagant lemon peel or a maraschino cherry or both.


Gin fizz

Gin fizz

Ingredients 

  • 75 ml gin 
  • 25 ml lemon juice 
  • 25 ml egg white  
  • 10 ml simple syrup 
  • 25 ml tonic water
  • Ice
  • Garnish ( 1 lemon peel- optional)

Tools 

  • Shaker 
  • cocktail strainer 
  • Collins glass


The how to 

Add in your shaker gin, egg white, lemon juice, simple syrup and shake well. After you are done, add ice and shake again until chilled. In your glass add the tonic water and double strain the mix in your glass.

Garnish with a lemon peel but is optional.

Cutting someone off from drinking

Go home… you are drunk!

This is one of the most unpleasant things to do, no matter the position you are in, as a bartender, manager, waiter, it is always uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous, because you do not know how the drunk asses will react.  

Best situation is when you see they are already intoxicated and before they’re taking a seat you invent an excuse on how you have no tables left. Even if your bar is empty, it is better not to have this kind of guest. They will annoy others and more times than not they are loud and acting like jerks. 

It would be best to invest in a security team, or a bouncer, but if this is not the case, maybe just because your establishment has little problem with drunk people there are still ways to train your staff to take the right action in those cases. 

Some steps that might make this situation easier.


1. Do not make one person responsible

Make this a team problem. You will feel better as an individual if you know that you will have someone to back you up in case of problems. 


2. Blame an external source

In order for them not to be aggressive towards you, use my favorite excuse: “we are constantly under inspection from the police and liquor administration”. This will take the “blame” from you and will make them feel like they need to stop or get out. Excuse yourself, add that it is not in your power to do anything about it and, here it is the perfect recipe to cut someone off. 


3. More aggression will not solve the problem

If you come off too hard on drunk people, they will usually become violent, physically or verbally, and we do not want more spectacle in our locations. Be friendly towards them, I know it makes me vomit as well, but it is better to be civilized then have a “wanna be” MMA fight. 


4. “Add Water” 

This is also an efficient way especially if you need to gain more time. You don’t tell them you cut them off, you just tell them they need to drink a glass of water first and then you  will talk again. Usually this makes them want to leave or bring them to their senses and their speed in consuming alcohol lowers. 

Another way to make them less drunk is to offer them a snack on the house. Something like dry bread and with a glass of water, they will become less loud in seconds. 


When dealing with a group try to find the sober or least drunk from all of them and make them responsible for the action of the group. You can again use the excuse from number 2 with them and explain that you can’t serve them anymore. Make sure you separate that one person from the group. You can nicely ask them to come with you because you need their advice and present the situation. 


6. The “NINO-NINO”

This is a last resort type of situation. If none of the methods presented here worked and the drunk people are still a problem call the police. To let the assholes know that you’ve done so. Usually they leave and don’t wait for the police to come but do not base your action on this, actually call the police.


5 ginger benefits

I was surprised with what this root can do!

The thing that i like the most about this is that it makes my nausea disappear. Just chewing a piece of it or drinking a ginger beer seems to help.

There are other studies that suggest ginger and the active substances in it can slow the growth of cancer cells or help with the blood pressure or can help with menstrual pain (wouldn’t that be nice) and so on. The studies in those cases are few and made on small groups. Until bigger research is done I will not venture to say what ginger can do or can’t. For the moment I only list the things that I have tried and saw a difference.


1. Less gas and improved digestion

YES! It is true. Studies indicate that enzymes in ginger can help the body break up and expel this gas that forms in the intestinal tract during digestion. Also, ginger may help increase movement through the digestive tract, suggesting that it may relieve or prevent constipation. 


2. No more nausea

This might just be my favorite benefit that this magic root does! For me it can be even a Ginger beer that helps. A cold fresh ginger drink will go perfectly with a heavy meal and in the end you will not feel like a balloon. You can also try a fresh ginger tea wit lemon juice. this will also work wonders.


3. Easing a cold or the flu

Another good one. I have to say whenever I feel my nose a bit stuffy or my throat is hurting, a fresh mint & ginger tea does the trick.

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5. Relieving pain

Muscular pain to be more precise. It is said that 2 grams of fresh or heated ginger will relieve the pain after a thorough workout. Don’t be fooled, it will not make it go away 100%. It is the same with dark chocolate, you will still be in pain.


6. Keeps Your Mouth Healthy

Ginger’s antibacterial power may also brighten your smile. That does not mean that you don’t have to wash your teeth every day!

For more things with and Ginger visit Spicy Root.

3 Smoked Juices

We should you earlier how to make smoked ice and now we want to add even more taste and originality to your cocktails.

For this we choose: grenadine juice, apple juice and orange juice.

Let’s get to it, this is how we do it.

Pro tip: you can make ice cubes out of those juices as well.


Grenadine juice

Ingredients

  • 2 l grenadine juice
  • 30 g grenadine seeds

Tools

  • shallow pot
  • spoon
  • grill

How to

  • First make sure your grill is clean. You do not want your ice with grease from the last BBQ.
  • Once you see smoke you add the juice and extra grenadine seeds in the shallow pan and leave it to sit for 1 hour.
    • For ice cubes
  • Place the juice in the trays and put it in the freezer. 
  • If you started that fire, you can enjoy a nice BBQ as well. 

extra: Besides wood also use herbs and citrus peels, apple peels. (I do add them later to the mix- 30 minutes in)


Apple juice

Ingredients

  • 2 l Apple juice
  • 30 g apple cubes

Tools

  • shallow pot
  • spoon
  • grill

How to

  • First make sure your grill is clean. You do not want your ice with grease from the last BBQ.
  • Once you see smoke you add the juice and extra apple cubes in the shallow pan and leave it to sit for 1 hour.
    • For ice cubes
  • Place the juice in the trays and put it in the freezer. 
  • If you started that fire, you can enjoy a nice BBQ as well. 

extra: Besides wood also use herbs and citrus peels, apple peels. (I do add them later to the mix- 30 minutes in)


Orange juice

Ingredients

  • 2 l orange juice juice
  • 30 g small cut triangles of orange slices

Tools

  • shallow pot
  • spoon
  • grill

How to

  • First make sure your grill is clean. You do not want your ice with grease from the last BBQ.
  • Once you see smoke you add the juice and extra orange slices in the shallow pan and leave it to sit for 1 hour.
    • For ice cubes
  • Place the juice in the trays and put it in the freezer. 
  • If you started that fire, you can enjoy a nice BBQ as well. 

extra: Besides wood also use herbs and citrus peels, apple peels. (I do add them later to the mix- 30 minutes in)

About NIO cocktails

A relatively new concept: already made cocktails straight at your home.

No fuss no mess.

It is an interesting concept and it is something that you should try. NIO is one of the companies that are making them but not the only one. 

As a professional bartender and mixologist I will always prefer the fresh self made cocktails but I do have an advantage over the others. I do know how to. If you are inexperienced with making cocktails and you want to impress.

The way it works with them is to select how many cocktails you want- between 3, 6 and 9. Then you select the mixes that you want and from there you wait for your delivery. It is pretty easy. 


The idea is intriguing. I have to say it got my attention as well. I do see a future in this business especially during this time.  You should give them a try, or wait until we will have our own line! 

You can check more and see what flavours and mixes they have here. 

3 Delicious Matcha Cocktails

Our today’s color theme is green and we have matcha to help us with this!

Matcha is a powder, really fine grounded, made out of specially grown and processed green tea and if you want to read more about it you can find all the information here.

For our cocktails:

  • How to prepare your matcha for these amazing cocktails: add  a teaspoon of matcha in your mug and pour 10 ml of boiling water in your mug. Stir well, you can use a spoon or the chasen (the wooden whisked like matcha stirrer ). Keep adding water until your mug is full. (150 ml of water in total). Leave it to get cold. 

Let’s get to it. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the techniques or terms that we are using check out the free course on bartending. 

 


Tropical green

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml coconut vodka 
  • 25 ml coconut rum 
  • 75 ml cold coconut milk 
  • 75 ml matcha 
  • Ice: cubes and crushed 
  • Garnish: coconut flakes, corn syrup

Tools 

  • Shaker 
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Tea strainer 
  • Rocks glass


The how to 

First we prepare the glass. We stir the rim in the corn syrup and then we do the same thing in the coconut flakes. In the shaker we add our matcha, milk rum and vodka. Add the ice and shake. Double strain it over crushed ice in your glass.


Matcha mojito 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml rum 
  • 25 ml fresh lime juice 
  • 10 ml green apple syrup
  • 7 Mint leaves
  • 10 ml soda water
  • Matcha 
  • Ice: crushed 
  • Garnish: mint leaves

Tools 

  • Muddler
  • Bar spoon
  • Collins glass


The how to 

In your glass add the mint leaves, green apple syrup and lime juice and muddle the mint leaves gently. Add the ice and top the glass(leave space for the water)  with your matcha tea and stir well. Add the soda water and garnish with the mint leaves.


Forest fairy 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml Absinthe 
  • 25 ml fresh lime juice 
  • 2 dashes Grapefruit bitters 
  • 70 ml Matcha tea 
  • Ice 
  • Garnish : dry orange wheel 

Tools 

  • Shaker 
  • Cocktail strainer 
  • Tea strainer 
  • Coupe glass


The how to 

In your shaker add the absinthe, fresh lime juice, the bitters and the matcha tea. Add ice and shake well. Double strain it in your coupe glass and garnish with a dry orange wheel. 


About milk allergy

Food allergy is an abnormally strong immune system reaction to proteins in our food. It is a form of food hypersensitivity. Can occur instantly, within seconds or in a few hours.  

It is not food poisoning. 

Food intolerance is when the reaction happens later and it lasts longer and it’s just uncomfortable. It happens when your body has difficulty digesting. 

We made a list with all main food allergies and more information on this subject and you can find it and read all about it here. 

Now, what about milk allergy? 

Most common is the allergy to cow’s milk but this doesn’t mean lactose intolerance. To be lactose intolerant it means that you can tolerate the proteins but can’t digest the lactose properly. 

Possible cross-reactivity with: other types of milk. 

Symptoms of the allergy. hives, itching or tingling feeling around the mouth, swelling of the lips, tongue or throat, shortness of breath, vomiting. 

Avoiding milk and milk products is the primary treatment for milk allergy. Read the labels of the products you are buying really careful. Make sure if you eat or drink outside, at a restaurant or café,  you ask the right questions about the ingredients that you can’t have. You want to hear a definitive answer about the contents of the products you are just about to order. 

Because a milk allergy differs so much from a person that is being lactose intolerant that means lactose free milk will do you no good. An alternative to milk products is plant based “milk”. Delicious and way easier to access now. You can get vegan cheese that has no milk, can switch to soy based yogurt and so on. 

Take care of yourself!

We are not a medical page, so we will not offer any advice on what and how you should treat your condition, please visit your doctor if you encounter any symptoms!

3 Delicious Apple Juice Mocktails

You can create a tasty cocktail without alcohol in it. You can make your “ non drinking” friends feel as good and fancy when you are throwing a party. 

Today we have 3 amazing apple juice non alcoholic cocktails! 

Let’s get to it. 

If you feel overwhelmed by the techniques or terms that we are using check out the free course on bartending. 


Green apple 

Ingredients 

  • 50 ml curacao syrup 
  • 25 ml fresh lime juice 
  • Apple juice
  • Brown sugar cube
  • Ice: crushed 
  • Garnish: lime wheel

Tools 

  • Bar spoon*
  • Muddler 
  • Collins glass


The how to 

In your glass add the sugar cube and the fresh lime juice and press them. Add in your glass and pour in the syrup. Top the glass with your apple juice, stir if you want, but you can serve it with a straw and not stirred so the presentation will be prettier. Add the lime wheel as garnish. 


The apple sunrise 

Ingredients 

  • 25 ml grenadine syrup 
  • 25 ml fresh lime juice 
  • Apple juice(the thick type) 
  • 50 ml orange juice
  • 50 ml peach nectar 
  • Ice 
  • Garnish: orange wheel

Tools 

  • Collins glass
  • Bar spoon


The how to 

In your glass add ice, orange juice and the lime juice and stir. Pour the peach nectar slowly on the cake of the spoon. Using the same method pour in the apple juice, almost filling the glass. Add the grenadine syrup and serve with a straw. Garnish the glass with an orange wheel.


The summer apple

Ingredients 

  • 25 ml ginger syrup 
  • 50 ml watermelon soda 
  • Green apple nectar
  • Ice 
  • Garnish: watermelon triangle

Tools 

  • Collins glass
  • Bar spoon


The how to 

In your glass add ice, ginger syrup and the watermelon flavored soda. Stir well and pour in the green apple nectar to top the glass and stir again. Garnish with the watermelon triangle and feel breezy while enjoying it.