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t MIXING SPIRITS ide to... atore's gu Salv MIXING COCKTAILS B efore you can even begin to muddle or mix, shake or stir, you will need to invest in a few indispensable pieces of classic cocktail kit: a shaker; mixing glass; strainer; muddling spoon; and spirit measure. PICTURES: Getty Images Make do t Department stores sell cocktail sets, but it's The vital equipment completely acceptable to improvise and your kitchen cupboards will almost certainly contain everything you need: ❋ Shaker - you may look the part with a proper cocktail shaker, but a glass jar with a reliable screw top lid does the job just as well. ❋ Mixing glass - if you have a cocktail shaker, then simply utilise its base. Otherwise, a glass or Pyrex jug is fine... and you can even turn a vase into a mixing glass (as long as it is squeaky clean!). ❋ Strainer - any fine-meshed kitchen sieve or colander and even the humble tea strainer will work. ❋ Muddling spoon - a teaspoon, a pestle or a wooden spoon can be put into service here. 078 CHEERS Whip up a lemon martini ❋ Spirit measure - if you have a bread-maker, then you will also possess a small measuring jug that is ideal for cocktail-making purposes. Alternatively, note that a tablespoon of liquid is roughly equivalent to 1cl. Planning ahead Place glasses in the freezer at least half an hour before you need them because they should be icy-cold. It is also expedient to prepare garnishes in advance. Ensure that you have plenty of ice. techniques Any recipe containing juice, cream or egg white needs to be shaken. With one hand firmly on the top of the shaker, shake vigorously for around 20 seconds. Many ingredients mix easily and therefore don't have to be shaken. In this instance, cocktails are 'built' before being strained into the glass. Muddling means mashing fruit or herbs in the bottom of the glass. Try not to squash the fruit or Shaken, not herbs to a pulp. ■ stirred t

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cheers 2013

EDITOR’S LETTER
HELLO FROM OZ
CIAO FROM SALVATORE
HOT OFF THE PRESS
SNIFF AND SPIT
HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS
SOUTHERN STARS
PARTY PIECES
UP AND COMING
LET’S GET FIZZICAL
BUON NATALE
A SAFE HARBOUR
ITALIAN MASTERS
MIXING IT UP
CLASSIC COCKTAILS
WONDROUS WHISKY
VERSATILE VODKA
GIN-GIN
CAKES AND ALE
BOTTLE SHOP
SOMETHING TO EAT
GOURMET GETAWAYS
GIFTS AND GADGETS
BOXING CLEVER
STOCK UP YOUR BAR
BLOG IT!

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