Margarita, Martini, Mojito

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With a flash of color and a touch of elegance, Margarita Martini Mojito provides the best in classic and contemporary cocktail recipes. Thanks to clear instructions and color photographs, finding the perfect drink to match the mood has never been easier. Anyone can now enjoy a fruity margarita at a party with friends, sip a smooth pre-dinner martini, or savor a minty mojito on a hot summer's day.Here is a sampling of these superb drink recipes:* Classic margarita* Chocolate margarita* Ginger Tom martini* Boadas ...

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Overview

With a flash of color and a touch of elegance, Margarita Martini Mojito provides the best in classic and contemporary cocktail recipes. Thanks to clear instructions and color photographs, finding the perfect drink to match the mood has never been easier. Anyone can now enjoy a fruity margarita at a party with friends, sip a smooth pre-dinner martini, or savor a minty mojito on a hot summer's day.Here is a sampling of these superb drink recipes:* Classic margarita* Chocolate margarita* Ginger Tom martini* Boadas martini* Lush lemon mojito* Blush pink mojito.This handy little book provides the perfect cocktails for any party.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781552857540
  • Publisher: Whitecap Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/15/2006
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 6.64 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Gage has worked in and managed bars all over the world. The author of several books on party drinks, he lives in London.

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Table of Contents



Introduction

Margaritas

Martinis

Mojitos

Index

Acknowledgments

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Preface


Introduction


If you're a cocktail connoisseur, chances are you've sipped on a margarita, martini, or mojito in the past. These three drinks are among the most popular on any cocktail menu, and this is partly due to their classic, timeless nature. However, it's their versatility that gives them universal appeal, with variations on the traditional mixes making them easily adaptable to every taste and occasion.

This book brings together many exciting interpretations of these cocktails so that you can test out your bartending skills and learn how to create everything from a Dry Martini (page 36) to a Mosquito Mojito (page 90) or the party favorites, Margarita Jellos (page 33).


Making history


Every cocktail has a story to tell, and the margarita, martini, and mojito are no exceptions. Their origins date back well over a hundred years and during that time they have gradually developed and evolved into the drinks we know and love today.

It is generally believed that the first margarita was mixed in Mexico, although stories vary as to its exact origins. One credits the invention of the drink to the hostess of a swanky pool party, while another tells of a showgirl who had an allergy to all alcohol except tequila. She wanted something a little adventurous to sip on, and a creative bartender obliged by coming up with the margarita.

The town of Martinez in California stakes its claim as the birthplace of the martini. However, a bartender and several drinkers with names similar to that of the great cocktail have also been credited with being either the inventor or the inspiration for the drink. It is generally accepted that themartini has evolved over the years and previous incarnations have included various different combinations of spirits and garnishes that eventually led to the modern dry martini.

The mojito's beginnings were far from glamorous, because this drink that combined sugarcane and unrefined rum was originally made by slaves in Cuba. The combination proved to be a popular one and the mojito was born. It soon became the drink of choice on the island and the specialty at the famous La Bodeguita del Medio bar in Havana, where the rich and famous gathered to socialize. In fact, the mojito is often cited as being the favorite tipple of Ernest Hemingway, who regularly drank there.


Margarita


With its fun-loving image and reputation as a party drink, the margarita is open to plenty of adventurous variations, which has seen it enjoy a resurgence of popularity in recent years. However, despite the exotic name, the classic margarita comprises just three main ingredients: tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.

Although the classic recipe remains popular, this is often adapted to include fruit or spices and has resulted in drinks such as the Key Lime Margarita (page 26) and Cancun's Finest (page 21), Frozen margaritas (pages 14 and 30) have also become a popular drink and are a great party choice as they can be prepared in advance.


Martini


The martini is undoubtedly the most famous cocktail of them all. It's the drink of choice for the glamorous set and has a suave, sophisticated image. Like the margarita, the cocktail itself is a simple combination of ingredients -- in this case vermouth and gin -- that are prepared in a specific way. Purists insist that the vermouth be merely swirled around the glass then discarded before the gin is added. An olive garnish often provides the finishing touch and is dropped into the cocktail for a hint of another flavor.


Mojito


Sugar, mint leaves, lime juice, rum, and soda water are the ingredients for this refreshing cocktail that's a favorite in bars the world over. The mojito is as enjoyable to prepare as it is to drink, and it's a great cocktail to include if you're planning a party. The process of combining the sugar, mint, and lime is called "muddling," and this really is the key to the success of the cocktail.


Taking stock


It's good to keep your bar well stocked with all the basics you're likely to need for preparing your favorite cocktails, If you're planning a party, look through the recipes in advance and choose a few drinks to prepare for your guests. That way you'll have all the right ingredients and won't get flustered by trying to mix too many different drinks on the night. Your basic MMM (margarita, martini, mojito) bar should include the following items:


  • Liquors and liqueurs: tequila, gin, rum, vermouth, triple sec, and vodka (if you prefer a vodka martini, or vodkatini)

  • Mixers: soda water and fruit juices

  • Flavorings: bitters, such as peach and orange

  • Garnishes: mint, berries, fruit slices, olives, salt, sugar; citrus fruit and cucumbers may be cut into wedges, wheels, or twists.



A good selection of liquors, juices, mixers, and fruit should cover most of the cocktails in this book, but certain recipes will require more unusual ingredients, such as peach schnapps and passion fruit, so double-check that you have everything before you start mixing. You'll also need plenty of ice, both in cubes and crushed, and it's a good idea to get some prepared in advance, or buy a couple of bags to keep in the freezer. As well as being used in crushed form in many of the recipes in this book, ice is also used in cubes to chill ingredients in the cocktail shaker as they're being combined and to keep glasses nice and cool while the drink is being prepared.

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Introduction

Introduction

If you're a cocktail connoisseur, chances are you've sipped on a margarita, martini, or mojito in the past. These three drinks are among the most popular on any cocktail menu, and this is partly due to their classic, timeless nature. However, it's their versatility that gives them universal appeal, with variations on the traditional mixes making them easily adaptable to every taste and occasion.

This book brings together many exciting interpretations of these cocktails so that you can test out your bartending skills and learn how to create everything from a Dry Martini (page 36) to a Mosquito Mojito (page 90) or the party favorites, Margarita Jellos (page 33).

Making history

Every cocktail has a story to tell, and the margarita, martini, and mojito are no exceptions. Their origins date back well over a hundred years and during that time they have gradually developed and evolved into the drinks we know and love today.

It is generally believed that the first margarita was mixed in Mexico, although stories vary as to its exact origins. One credits the invention of the drink to the hostess of a swanky pool party, while another tells of a showgirl who had an allergy to all alcohol except tequila. She wanted something a little adventurous to sip on, and a creative bartender obliged by coming up with the margarita.

The town of Martinez in California stakes its claim as the birthplace of the martini. However, a bartender and several drinkers with names similar to that of the great cocktail have also been credited with being either the inventor or the inspiration for the drink. It is generally accepted that the martini has evolved over theyears and previous incarnations have included various different combinations of spirits and garnishes that eventually led to the modern dry martini.

The mojito's beginnings were far from glamorous, because this drink that combined sugarcane and unrefined rum was originally made by slaves in Cuba. The combination proved to be a popular one and the mojito was born. It soon became the drink of choice on the island and the specialty at the famous La Bodeguita del Medio bar in Havana, where the rich and famous gathered to socialize. In fact, the mojito is often cited as being the favorite tipple of Ernest Hemingway, who regularly drank there.

Margarita

With its fun-loving image and reputation as a party drink, the margarita is open to plenty of adventurous variations, which has seen it enjoy a resurgence of popularity in recent years. However, despite the exotic name, the classic margarita comprises just three main ingredients: tequila, triple sec, and lime juice.

Although the classic recipe remains popular, this is often adapted to include fruit or spices and has resulted in drinks such as the Key Lime Margarita (page 26) and Cancun's Finest (page 21), Frozen margaritas (pages 14 and 30) have also become a popular drink and are a great party choice as they can be prepared in advance.

Martini

The martini is undoubtedly the most famous cocktail of them all. It's the drink of choice for the glamorous set and has a suave, sophisticated image. Like the margarita, the cocktail itself is a simple combination of ingredients -- in this case vermouth and gin -- that are prepared in a specific way. Purists insist that the vermouth be merely swirled around the glass then discarded before the gin is added. An olive garnish often provides the finishing touch and is dropped into the cocktail for a hint of another flavor.

Mojito

Sugar, mint leaves, lime juice, rum, and soda water are the ingredients for this refreshing cocktail that's a favorite in bars the world over. The mojito is as enjoyable to prepare as it is to drink, and it's a great cocktail to include if you're planning a party. The process of combining the sugar, mint, and lime is called "muddling," and this really is the key to the success of the cocktail.

Taking stock

It's good to keep your bar well stocked with all the basics you're likely to need for preparing your favorite cocktails, If you're planning a party, look through the recipes in advance and choose a few drinks to prepare for your guests. That way you'll have all the right ingredients and won't get flustered by trying to mix too many different drinks on the night. Your basic MMM (margarita, martini, mojito) bar should include the following items:

  • Liquors and liqueurs: tequila, gin, rum, vermouth, triple sec, and vodka (if you prefer a vodka martini, or vodkatini)
  • Mixers: soda water and fruit juices
  • Flavorings: bitters, such as peach and orange
  • Garnishes: mint, berries, fruit slices, olives, salt, sugar; citrus fruit and cucumbers may be cut into wedges, wheels, or twists.

A good selection of liquors, juices, mixers, and fruit should cover most of the cocktails in this book, but certain recipes will require more unusual ingredients, such as peach schnapps and passion fruit, so double-check that you have everything before you start mixing. You'll also need plenty of ice, both in cubes and crushed, and it's a good idea to get some prepared in advance, or buy a couple of bags to keep in the freezer. As well as being used in crushed form in many of the recipes in this book, ice is also used in cubes to chill ingredients in the cocktail shaker as they're being combined and to keep glasses nice and cool while the drink is being prepared.

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