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Take the Maraschino cherry. If you immediately think of the little clown's nose atop a sundae, you couldn't be more wrong. At one point in time, Maraschino cherries were a wonderful thing. Thanks to the demons of temperance and prohibition, they've been neutered and maligned in unspeakable ways. ...

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Ask any drink professional about which glasses a bar needs, and you'll get a list of at least a dozen. While that's a fine number for bottles, it's simply obscene for the home bar. So, I propose a more tangible number -- four. Sure, four glasses...

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Ice

However you shake (or stir) it, the proper application of ice to a mixed drink is as important as the proper application of heat is to cooking.

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Equipment

The Equipment

equipment

As with any profession/hobby, bartending comes replete with its own set of specialized tools. If you've never mixed a drink before, the names Boston Shaker and Hawthorn Strainer might just as well be wrestling moves. If, however, you find yourself responsible for quenching the thirst of another adult, then...

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