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Stir, shake and rock!

Learn to make easy cocktails that will delight your guests.
Hindustan Times | By Shara Ashraf, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAR 03, 2011 03:12 PM IST

What’s the perfect recipe for a knock-out party? Peppy music, great people and some delicious cocktails, right? If you have planned a party at your pad and forgot to order drinks, here’s some help. Whip up some delicious cocktails by following a few basic rules, say experts. Here’s how to get your stirring act right.

Perfect your measures
Getting the right measures is most important. Rajesh Khanna, F&B head, The Metropolitan Hotel says, “Even a slight variation in measurements can ruin your drink. Keep in mind what goes into the glass first. High density drinks must be floated into the glass first and lighter ones should come on top,” says Khanna. “Do not muddle ingredients too hard,” suggests Ganesh Iyer, corporate bar manager, Dish Hospitality. “If you muddle too much lime, it will leave a bitter taste,” warns Iyer.

The right temperature
Make sure the liquor you are using is cooled. “The ideal temperature should be 15° Celsius, else it will make your drink warm. You will end up putting more ice, making your drink watery,” says Prakash Kumar, beverage manager, Kylin. The temperature of the glass should also be kept in mind. “Chill your glasses. The ideal temperature is between 8° to 10° Celsius,” suggests Kumar. Here are some recipes that you can easily try at home.

Berry Sweetheart

Cranberry juice — 88 ml,
Apple juice — 88 ml,
Honey — 30 ml,
— 60 ml,
Cherry for garnishing

Put ice cubes in a martini glass. Pour juices and honey into a mixing glass. Add vodka and stir. Pour contents into the martini glass. Garnish with cherries.

—Recipe from Golfworx

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