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up the shaker and glass, and ensuring there
is a seal between the two, shake (holding the
glass closest to the shoulder). The bigger the
ice, the longer the shake, but there’s more to
chill than making slush puppies. Tap the glass
against the side of the bar to dislodge the
seal, and then strain from the shaker into a
A cocktail strainer the same diameter as the
stainless steel shaker. A small sieved strainer
is also useful for double straining—giving a
polished finish to the drink.
A muddler. The lightsaber of mixologists.
In today’s terms it looks like a short, skinny
police baton, used to crush or bruise fruit,
veggies, herbs or spices, releasing the aromatics
A powerful blender. Necessary for the brain-freeze piña coladas, margaritas and other adult
A long-stemmed mixing spoon, a sharp
knife, a cutting board, a jigger to measure, a
cork screw and a church key to open.
Rum. Bermuda is a rum market and it is not
unusual for the same drink to be served with
black, gold or white rum. All three play a key
role in cocktails (daiquiri, mojito, swizzles,
punches and coladas, to name a few) and
can knock almost any spirit from its classic-
ingredient perch. A manhattan or a Bloody
Mary made with rum, especially Gosling’s
Black Seal, has to be tried, and then you can
go down the list of other classics. Don’t worry
about creativity gibes, at the right moment any
association between plagiarism and alcohol is
forgiven, even blessed.
Vodka. For a spirit meant to be taste-
less, there sure are a lot on the market, and
somehow huge differences in flavour, mouth
feel and ultimate enjoyment. The ingredi-
ent for creating vodka has been, for the most
part, whatever is the cheapest source of sugar.
Today the choice has evolved to include grapes
(Ciroc and Grey Goose), corn ( Tito’s), grain
some vodkas from Iceland and New Zealand
using milk! What has to be recognised is
that you can’t put a poor-quality item into a
cocktail and expect premium results. “Trash
in, trash out” is the maxim. To counter that,
use the brands mentioned above to make
that special-flavoured martini, sea breeze,
etc. Vodka is also great for making infusions.