Scott Christian is a walking, talking encyclopedia of cocktails. He can mix a drink as quickly as it would take him to rattle off the recipe.
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DRINK MIXING TIPS
Scott Christian’s advice for making a good drink:
Balance: Christian says that this is the most important part of a good drink. Be sure to put the appropriate amount of alcohol in the drink. He recommends home bartenders have a jigger or some sort of measuring device on hand. “Too much mixer or too much alcohol will ruin a drink. The key is to enjoy your drink without making any ‘oh my goodness that is strong’ or ‘oh my goodness that is so sweet’ face,” Christian says. “Free pouring perfectly is very hard.”
Personality: Put your personality into the drink. “What keeps people coming in is seeing me make their drinks. That’s where flair comes from using your tools to dazzle your bar guests.”
Practice: There’s nothing you can get good at without practicing. Christian says to continue to look for ways to improve your bartending skills.
Garnish: “You eat with your eyes first. A good garnish can give it an accent.” Christian says a memorable garnish can elevate the drink from good to great.
Spirits: Look for quality ingredients in all things. Especially when it comes to the quality of the spirits you use.