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I was once into cocktails and I am realizing that the love is coming back. I love making cocktails at home occasionally. I guess life happens and you realize that weeks pass by and you have not indulged in something you love doing. You love to paint and it has been months since you last painted. For me making cocktails is a hobby like painting and I hope I can showcase it on the blog from time to time.
This will be an ongoing series. Today we will start with the drinks and mixers. If you are into mixology or cocktail mixing there are a few things that are a must-have. You can be doing it as a hobby or as a job. If you plan to do it as a hobby and you have no idea how to start, here is a checklist for you.
For Alcoholic Cocktails
If you are making alcoholic cocktails, obviously you need the alcohol. Here are some of my favorites.
- Gin- Hendricks, Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire, Gordons, Seagrams and Beefeater
- Rum- Barcadi, Havana Club, and Malibu
- Vodka- Absolut, Stolichnaya, Belvedere, and Skyy.
- Wine- Browse the blog for all my wine reviews. if I start naming we will be here till forever.
- Whisky- Lagavulin, Glenfiddich, Maker’s Mark, Chivas
- Tequila- Patron, Don Julio, Jose Cuervo
- Cognac- Hennessy, Remy Martin
- More: Brandy, Cream Liqueurs, & Beer
Read about Cream Liqueurs here
Fruits are used to flavour and garnish cocktails. Every region of the world has different fruits. For example, in Kenya, we have some great passion fruit and tree tomato that we can make use of when coming up with cocktails.
- Kiwi fruit
- Apples etc
- Mint sprigs
- Spices (nutmeg, cinnamon etc)
- Olives, celery, pickles
- Cocktail onions etc.