What more do Aussies love during the warmer months other than beach days, catching up with friends and getting outdoors? We love to entertain! Inviting friends and family over for BBQs and long dinner parties is part of our genetic makeup. And part of the entertaining evolution is crafting refreshing cocktails. Having the convenience of ready-made mixers on standby without compromising on quality and taste, is a must.
The Master of Mixers range has the convenience of having the mixers ‘pre-batched’, so all you have to do is add the right type of spirit and ice and serve it right up. For those cocktail novices (let’s face it most of us are), the making of a cocktail from ‘scratch’ can be a daunting experience. There are so many variables! Some questions that are bound to go through your head are, Do I use lemon or lime juice? How much sweetener do I need to add to make it taste balanced? How much spirit do I need to add? How about those other ingredients that are in some classics that hardly ever get used in other drinks?
Then there are the different techniques that bartenders effortlessly use to produce beautiful cocktails in bars, and if you’ve never done it before it can be a little tricky at first, however with a bit of practice it’s not hard to pump out cocktails at home that will impress your friends. These days a kitchen isn’t complete without some cocktail making tools, at least a shaker, jigger, strainer and bar spoon. Quality stockists in Australia include Über Bar Tools or Bar Geek which have everything you need to get your home bar sorted.
MARGARITAS? SI SIGNOR…
One of the most enjoyable summer classic cocktails is the Margarita. The way the lime juice, tequila and sea-salt come together in this cocktail makes it very thirst quenching and sessionable! The price of fresh limes at times throughout the year can very expensive and extracting the fresh lime juice from them can be a process. The Master of Mixers Margarita Mix gives the convenience of having the lime juice, agave sweetener ready to go and perfectly balanced, so all you have to do is add the ice and tequila. The Margarita can be served shaken or frozen, depending on whether you have an electric blender and whether you want to serve it ‘straight up’, ‘on the rocks’ or blended ‘frappe style’.
100ml Master of Mixers Margarita Mix
METHOD: Shake with ice and strain into a coupette glass rimmed with sea salt
GARNISH: Sea salt rimmed glass
PIÑA COLADAS FOR DAYS…
Another all-time summer classic is the Piña Colada. The marriage of pineapple and coconut in this cocktail is a sublime infusion of the taste of summer! To make this cocktail, there are a lot of different recipes on the internet that can lead to confusion as to which one tastes best. To make one from the beginning, you need to get pineapple juice, coconut cream, lime juice, sugar syrup and a light rum like BACARDÍ or a spiced rum like Sailor Jerry for a vanilla spice twist. Being able to grab a Master of Mixers Piña Colada Mix and a bottle of rum make it so easy and convenient to get the drinks flowing without being stuck in the kitchen making drinks for guests all night long.
45ml Light Rum
100ml Master of Mixers Piña Colada Mix
METHOD: Blend with ice and pour into a tall glass
GARNISH: Fresh pineapple wedge and cherry
ESPRESSO MARTINIS ALL NIGHT LONG…
And finally, toward the end of the cocktail party, it’s time to break out the Espresso Martinis. It’s perhaps the perfect drink for after dinner and when you need a ‘second wind’ to get you and your guests going into the late night. Although it’s a simple cocktail, it’s easy to get the balance wrong, either being too bitter from the espresso coffee or too sweet from the coffee liqueur and sugar. The Master of Mixers Espresso Martini Mix takes the guesswork out of the equation by providing the mix of espresso coffee, coffee liqueur and enough sugar to balance it perfectly. All you need to do is grab a bottle of vodka, like Tito’s or a local one like Cape Grim 666 Butter Vodka for a richer, butter and vanilla notes.
100ml Master of Mixers Espresso Coffee Mix
METHOD: Shake with ice and strain into a martini glass
GARNISH: Coffee beans