Many have expressed fear. Some have mentioned lack of dexterity. Others note they have no talent.

Poppycock. You can do it. You can make superb cocktails at home, and that approach to quality drinking has become more necessary as our bar scene has become rather undependable in the current COVID-19 crisis.

But making excellent drinks at home is not the stuff of rocket science. Just a couple of strong suggestions and you, too, will become a much-sought-after party animal. First, have a recipe. Do not work from memory. Trust the printed word. Secondly, always follow the recipe; the first time, slavishly. Go through an experimental exercise making the drink just to be certain then proceed with abandon.

Third, measure. Do not guess what an ounce is. Use a vessel that has been designed for the purpose of informing you. Also, make the whole drink before sampling. A half-way completed cocktail is not an indicator of the value of the final product. Have faith. Finish the construction before you judge.

Lastly, make use of garnish, spices, fruit slices and sipping accessories when called for. No one doubts you have a vivid imagination. Hold off on applying it to your masterpiece except when you have third party support from experts. 

Now, let’s squeeze some fresh lime.

The Mai Tizzle Swizzle 

  • 1 ½ oz. Monkey Shoulder Scotch Whisky
  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ tbsp. orange liqueur
  • ½ oz. Liber & Co. Orgeat
  • ½ tbsp. Liber & Co. Passion Fruit Liqueur
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Combine ingredients, shake and double-strain over fresh ice; garnish with a lime wheel and brandied cherry flag.

Courtesy of Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt Scotch Whisky.