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Cocktail Basics

By Aaron Welsh | Oct 13th, 2014

From glassware to finishing touches, Clinton shows you what you need to know for the perfect cocktail!

Glassware 101: Cocktail Glasses|Clinton shows you the basics cocktail glasses.|Clinton shows you the basics cocktail glasses: the rocks glass, the highball / Collins glass, & martini glass.

Basics of Cocktail Glassware
Rocks Glass: This glass is just big enough for some ice & alcohol (maybe a splash of soda).
Highball / Collins Glass: Use this for cocktails with carbonated mixers.
Martini Glass: Use this for chilled drinks that are NOT served with ice.

Spritz up your night with this delicious cocktail!Garnishing a Cocktail 101|Clinton shows you the essential ways to add a garnish to any cocktail.|Clinton shows you the essential ways to add a garnish to any cocktail: the wedge, the wheel, the twist, and a spiral zest.

Basics of Garnishing a Cocktail
The Wedge: Slice a wedge from your fruit for the strongest citrus flavor of all garnishes.
The Wheel: Use this on the side of a glass for fruitier drinks.
The Twist: Use this for the lightest citrus zest flavor.
Spiral Zest: Similar to a twist, but you use a channeling knife instead of a vegetable peeler to create the garnish.

Now that you got the 411 on cocktails, why don’t you try some recipes out for yourself!

Super-Yum Gin Fizz (Glass: Martini; Garnish: Twist)
Spritz up your night with this delicious cocktail!i
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Maple Bourbon Spritz (Glass: Rocks; Garnish: Twist)
This cocktail would be divine paired with fried chicken!
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Maple Bourbon Spritz|Clinton makes a cocktail that's perfect to pair with fried chicken.|Clinton makes a cocktail that's perfect to pair with fried chicken.

Pomegranate Mojito (Glass: Highball / Collins; Garnish: Wheel)
Sip on Clinton's delicious twist on a traditional Cuban cocktail!
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Pomegranate Mojito|Sip on Clinton's delicious twist on a traditional Cuban cocktail!|Sip on Clinton's delicious twist on a traditional Cuban cocktail!

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