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Cocktails and Drinks – Recipes, Tips and Ideas We’ll tell you everything you need to know about cocktails and turn you into real experts in this field. In this sense: To the cocktail shaker, ready, go! Anyone can mix cocktails. Although it takes a bit of practice at the beginning and above all the right cocktail accessories, the right recipes and valuable tips and tricks, after a few attempts you are guaranteed to be able to keep up with any bartender. For which occasions you can serve cocktails, what all belongs to the basic equipment of a home bar, which ice and glasses you take, how cocktails are decorated and, and, and you read here.
- What makes a cocktail?
- Occasions for a cocktail party?
- What do I need to mix cocktails? The basic equipment
- Which ice do I use for my drinks?
- Which drinks are prepared with a cocktail shaker?
- Which cocktails are stirred?
- Beautiful cocktail decoration?
- Which glasses do I use for cocktails?
What makes a cocktail?
A cocktail is a mixed drink that consists of two or more ingredients – including a spirit such as rum, vodka, gin or tequila. The most common distinction is between short drinks and long drinks. Short drinks have up to 10 cl (i.e. 100ml) of liquid, mixed drinks with more liquid are accordingly called long drinks called. Sometimes cocktails are classified according to the basic ingredient. That’s why they are called vodka drinks, gin drinks or tropical drinks based on rum or cachaça. The group of Coladas includes all drinks made with cream or cream of coconut, such as Swimming Pool or Piña colada. In total, there are up to 50 subcategories for alcoholic drinks.
Occasions for a cocktail party
Whether with friends on the terrace, at parties, in the bar, in the restaurant, at weddings or on vacation at the beach: Such a refreshing, iced cocktail tastes actually always. However, because cocktails usually have a higher alcohol content than beer or wine, and because their sweetness does not usually go so well with food, they are usually drunk afterwards. Then you have created a good basis and can also tolerate the alcohol better. 😉 Because cocktails in bars and restaurants have a proud price, we like to take advantage of the happy hour or simply make our own drinks. So you can also still super adapt the alcoholic mixed drinks to your own taste preferences.
For the girls’ night out
What do I need to mix cocktails: The basic equipment
In addition to the ingredients for the cocktail recipe, you should definitely buy a cocktail shaker for the perfect preparation. With it, you can easily mix spirits and juices into a delicious drink. Often such a shaker is also offered in a set (by the way, here you will find our great rose gold bar setAdvertisement from the pictures), which includes cocktail accessories such as a bar pestle, a bar spoon, a strainer and a measuring cup (jigger). If you’re equipped with these basics, you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun mixing cocktails. What you should also have at hand:
- For your drinks you need of course also glasses. If you don’t have any special cocktail glasses, you can simply use normal glasses.
- Straws must not be missing in any cocktail! It’s best to use paper or glass straws and avoid plastic straws.
- Always have a few ice cubes in stock.
Nice To Have:
- You don’t necessarily need a zester. You can also shave off the peel of the citrus fruits with a peeler or carefully cut it off with a knife.
- Ice crusher: For Caipi and Co. you need crushed ice, of course. But you can also buy crushed ice in the supermarket – so you save yourself a lot of work.
Tips for your home bar:
- Gin, vodka, white or brown rum, tequila, blue curaçao and triple sec should not be missing in a well-stocked bar.
- If you like to drink whiskey, then of course you should also have this spirit on hand.
- Sparkling wine and champagne can also be used to mix delicious drinks.
- Orange juice, tonic water, ginger ale, pineapple juice and the like can be bought in stock.
- You also need grenadine or sugar syrup for many cocktails.
What ice do I use for my drinks?
Crushed ice or ice cubes? It depends on the drink. While a Caipi needs crushed ice, the classics like Negroni or Gin Tonic are served with square ice cubes. Did you know that ice is the second most expensive ingredient in a cocktail after the spirit? Especially full ice cubes (those that are completely frozen and don’t look like empty shot glasses) are very expensive because freezing takes longer and costs a lot of energy. Whether crushed ice, ie. crushed iceor normal ice cubes; both variants you can buy in the supermarket. Of course, this saves a lot of work, but is also a small cost factor in the long run. For homemade ice cubes you need only ice cube molds or bags and water. By the way, we prefer to use homemade ice balls (you can make them with such molds).Advertisement) – they don’t melt so fast and they look great! In addition, you can still freeze herbs or lime slices or finely chopped fruit in the cubes – your cocktails will be a visual highlight!
Which drinks are prepared with a cocktail shaker?
Cocktails are always mixed in a shaker when liquids with different consistencies meet. In other words: all cocktails that are made with fruit juice, syrup and co. first go into a cocktail shaker and then into the glass. Nothing more needs to be stirred here. By the way, carbonated ingredients are always added to the glass afterwards. The old cocktail school says, by the way, that a cocktail must be shaken for at least seven seconds, and not just a little back and forth, but with full body effort. The shaker should always travel as long a distance as possible from top to bottom, so that the ice always moves through the entire liquid and everything cools down well. If you only shake it a little bit or even just let it spin, the ice cubes will only melt and the drink won’t get cold. Among bartenders there are even real competitions who shakes the cocktail so well that the least amount of melted water is created. You can tell if you’ve shaken enough by the fact that the whole cocktail shaker is steamed up and cold at both the top and bottom. If you shake your drinks with ice in the shaker, be sure to strain the finished mixture through a bar strainer and pour it into a glass with fresh ice cubes – otherwise the drink will also water down too quickly! Tip: It is best to use a Boston Tin Shaker (both halves made of metal) and ALWAYS close it so that the upper smaller part is slightly slanted on the lower, only then it closes tightly. Hit the top of the cup once and it will close tightly. To open it afterwards, you have to hit the large lower cup sideways with the flat of your hand after shaking. This is still super easy when dry, but once you’ve shaken with ice, it sucks in more due to the cold, so don’t be surprised. 🙂 Here you see again more exactly what we mean: there are also bartenders who mix their cocktails with some tricks. This is super entertaining and really impressive, but don’t worry, such skills are not required for pretty much any cocktail. The spins and throws don’t make the drink better, they serve a different purpose: more tips. But if you see something like this, how could you not tip for it? 🙂
Which cocktails are stirred?
Classics such as the Martini are always stirred with a bar spoon. The reason? Shaking in the cocktail shaker could quickly make the drink cloudy – an absolute no-go for bartenders! In terms of taste, it makes no difference whether shaken or stirred.
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The best bars for Madeira Poncha
Madeira Poncha is present everywhere in the restaurants and bars on the island. Yes, there are even poncha bars – those bars that specialize in this national drink of Madeira. Some of them are really quaint and typically Madeiran bars that you wouldn’t immediately recognize as such. That’s where the locals like to stop in regularly, and that’s where you’ll get the tastiest poncha and the authentic atmosphere to go with it. There are crates stacked with lemons and oranges, honey and gallons of sugar cane liquor waiting to be mixed into poncha. Fresh Madeira Poncha is made night after night. In the bars one returns on Madeira after the work or during the Madeira journey after a migration or a bicycle trip… and you can also get drinks without alcohol in a bar in Madeira. One of these Poncha bars is the Taberna da Poncha da Serra D’Agua. This is probably the oldest and most traditional Poncha bar on Madeira., In Funchal you will find bars that have good Poncha in the evening after walking around the city in the Zona Velha. End the day with a Madeira Poncha or another of the typical Madeira drinks before going to the restaurant for dinner. Besides the restaurants in the old town of Funchal, there are other very famous places like Camara de Lobos, Poiso or Ribeiro Frio. Here you will find the best Madeira restaurants.
These bars offer the best Poncha in Madeira
- Bar É Pra Poncha | Largo do Poco 4, 9300-089 Camara de Lobos, Portugal
- Terrace Poncha Bar | Entrada, R. Dr. Jordao Faria Paulino | 9350-323 Ribeira Brava | Portugal
- Johns Poncha Ribeiro Frio | ER103, Ribeiro Frio, Madeira, Portugal | Tel.: +351 291 575 070
- Pukki Tiki Bar | Rua das Furnas, 77 | 9370-261 Estreito da Calheta | Tel: +351 291 822 032
- Taberna da Poncha da Serra D Agua | Estrada Regional 104 no 329 | 9350-309 Ribeira Brava | Tel: +351 291 952 312
What is Madeira Poncha ?
Poncha – it sounds like punch, and the name is also attributed to it by some. However, the origin of this Madeira drink is disputed. It is actually not important where the term comes from – what is important are the typical ingredients, and they must be from Madeira. The traditional drink on Madeira – Poncha – is mixed from Aguardente de Cana-de-Acucar (brandy from fresh sugar cane brandy, as it is produced only on Madeira), honey or sugar cane molasses, juice of local lemons or also oranges with a special whisk. All the ingredients are used in about one third each. It reminds a little bit of punch… Although the Poncha was already in the 19th century on Madeira in the Madeiran families a popular drink, was the Madeira Poncha only in March 2014 the protected geographical indication “Poncha da Madeira” granted by the Portuguese government. Thus, production and trade are established in Madeira and Porto Santo. The tradition of Madeira Poncha probably began with seafaring. In the 15th century, Madeira was the most important starting point for the sea voyages of the Portuguese. Long sea voyages on which lemons were taken as a remedy against the dreaded scurvy. For better preservation, the lemons were preserved in sugar cane brandy and molasses. The rest is history. Madeira Wine was also originally fortified with high-proof alcohol to help it keep better during its long journey through tropical regions. This is how its typical taste was created after months of storage in wooden barrels, and Madeira Wine became the noblest and most famous Madeira drink.
Madeira Rum – one of the Madeira drinks with great history
One of the most important agricultural products in Madeira is sugar cane. With the introduction of sugar cane, the “age of white gold” began in the history of Madeira. Sugar cane has been cultivated in Madeira since the 15th century and the island was one of the most important suppliers of sugar. The sugary juice of the sugar cane is still distilled today in some distilleries to one of the special Madeira drinks, the sugar cane brandy. Part of the aguardente production is further stored in oak barrels for at least five years. This can be seen at the distillery in Porto da Cruz when it is open. After aging in oak barrels, the result is “Aguardente de Cana Reserva”. A honey-brown, smooth rum that is also drunk as a digestif. There is a whole range of different rum varieties in Madeira. In Madeira, farmers still make a living from growing and processing the sugar cane that was once Madeira’s most important crop. Today, rum and honey are produced and form the basis of typical Madeira cakes and drinks. This also ensures the production of the traditional Madeira Poncha. This is interesting to know, because not everywhere in the world sugar cane is produced in a fair and sustainable…
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From the production to the tasting of Madeira Poncha
In Funchal you can learn a lot about sugar and the cultivation of sugar cane in the museum. In former times the life on Madeira was determined by sugar cane cultivation and today there are just 2 small traditional factories on Madeira: On the west coast of Madeira is still produced in Calheta for visitors in the Engenhos da Calheta rum is produced in the traditional way. Here you will learn a lot about the history of sugar cane production on the island. In the tasting room and in the “Adega Bar” you will try a variety of honey products such as candies, honey cake and of course poncha during your Madeira trip. In Porto da Cruz, the production of the liquor is carried out according to the original process in the Companhia dos Engenhos do Norte will be demonstrated. The factory, built in 1927, opens its doors to visitors during the harvest from March to May. You can take a guided tour to see the machines in production and taste one of Madeira’s popular drinks, the “Branca” (Aguardente). Madeira, by the way, is the only place in Europe where rum is produced. The sugar cane liquor is offered in 3 qualities and for sure these Madeira drinks are also a popular souvenir.
- Natural Rum: This Madeira rum variety is distinguished by its intense and complex aroma. One tastes a torpic, fresh note.
- Sweetened or refined: You taste a lovely note of honey and dried fruits like figs or raisins.
- Aged: This rum ages for at least three years in oak barrels. It is described as full-bodied with an abundance of flavors.
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Take a nice memory from your Madeira vacation and enjoy the popular Madeira drinks at home, too! A recipe for typical Madeira Poncha: Aguardente, e.g. 40% Branca. It has a fine sugar cane note and goes best with Poncha. 2cl orange juice 1cl lemon juice 2cl honey (possibly less) 2cl Aguardente Mix orange and lemon juice well with the honey in a tall, slender container. Add the aguardente at the end.
Typical Madeira drinks
Coral – the local beer of Madeira
Light and rather sweet, Coral is brewed at the island’s only brewery (Empresa de Cervejas da Madeira) in Camara de Lobos. The malty note of Coral also goes well with the mixed drink “Radler,” which is called “Shandy” in Madeira. When women in Madeira talk about drinks typical of Madeira, such as beer, it’s usually about Nikita. Nikita is a modern, refreshing Madeira drink created in a village near Camara de Lobos. In Madeira, especially women drink this drink made of beer, vanilla ice cream and pineapple. You should also try these Madeira drinks from the brewery: the lemonades “Brisa” made from passion fruit, oranges or apples – very good.
Fresh fruit – sumos and more!
Are there also healthy Madeira drinks, you will begin to wonder. European fruit trees, such as cherries, apples and plums, thrive mainly in the small valleys of Madeira. A little higher up, you’ll find more tropical fruits like bananas, sugar cane, pineapples, mangoes and passion fruit, which thrive here thanks to Madeira’s subtropical climate. Therefore, there are plenty of fresh fruit juices in many snack bars and restaurants, which are definitely worth mentioning when we talk about Madeira drinks. Definitely enjoy! In Funchal is the Gigi Sumos recommendable Rua Dom Carlos I N 20 | Santa Maria Maior, Funchal, Madeira 9060-051, Portugal +351 291 220 837 The small from the outside inconspicuous restaurant is very popular with the guests because of its healthy food and freshly prepared juices, which are offered in best quality. From the cherries, for example, in the Curral das Freias (Valley of the Sun), the Madeiran liqueur Ginga which is traditionally made from chestnuts and cherries. The delicious Madeira cider is very common on the island and is even celebrated in apple festivals – especially in autumn you can experience these colorful festivals with lots of Madeiran joie de vivre.
Coffee culture in Madeira
Coffee is the elixir of life on Madeira. Nothing works without this Madeira drink. Madeira’s coffee culture is as diverse as the coffee culture in Portugal, but on Madeira you order coffee as “chino”, milk coffee is called “chinesa”. Those who want an espresso usually order a bica or a bica curta (double espresso). A pingado is a coffee with a shot of alcohol.
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