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So you want to impress your friends during National Mocktail Week? Here are 5 things that really helps you up your mocktail game during this year’s most important celebration! To get ahead of everybody else on NMW19 you should start preparing right away. Here is 5 things to get you set up for for making mocktails!
1: The Boston Shaker – Essential
We all love a fancy shaker but the most important thing about the boston shaker is that you guys stick together (pun intended). It’s important that the shaker isn’t too big that it slips out of your hands! This one from Korikor, cocktail kingdom is both functional and beautiful! These will be there for you day and night and you will be able to make tons of mocktails! If you prefer the bling version why not go for the golden or the copper version? Either way, these will make you look like a bartender from your favourite James Bond-movie.
We like the Koriko boston shaker from Cocktail Kingdom. Get it here.
Do you need some inspiration to get your new shaker going? Check out this recipe from Seedlip.
Btw, cocktail kingdom also have a set with everything you need to get started with your home bar, and you can get it here!
2: Jigger – Essential
Probably the most important thing to remember when playing around at home is to measure out your ingredients. We can’t stress the importance enough! Why you might wonder?
The main reason being that you can recreate your mocktail time after time. It’s impossible to remember if you used 20 ml of something or 22 ml. Also, when you need to tweak your mocktail it’s much easier to know where to begin. Do you need to add some more acidity? Do you need more body? Is the grapefruit too overwhelming? To really be the star-tender at home, always measure out your ingredients.
We like these stylish japanese jiggers from cocktail kingdom and you can find them here.
3: Swing top Glass Bottles – Essentials
So you’ve made some pretty amazing syrups, you’ve pre-made some nice shrub and now you need to store it somewhere. These swing top bottles will make you look like a star-tender and keep your syrups fresh for as long as you need. These are also ideal for pouring. You can use small tags placed on the neck of the bottle to mark the content.
If you don’t have IKEA in your town you can find some bottles here.
Do you need a syrup to fill your bottles with? Try this Roasted pineapple syrup.
4: iSi Cream Siphon – For the ambitious
Wanting to up your mocktail game to a whole other level? This is how we do it! With the iSi Cream Siphon we create beautiful layers of flavours. We use it to make foams, we infuse andwhip stuff with it! Its one of the most versatile tools to have in every home bar! Typically foams are made with egg whites. Vegan? No problem, you can use aquafaba (the water from chickpeas) to get a similar texture.
Want an introduction to foams? Check this video out.
Get your siphon here
5: The Bitter Note – Secret weapon 1
This is a hidden gem we just recently discovered. To make every guest at the party go “Wow!” when they taste your new creation you can always use a little Bitter Note! It’s a non alcoholic Amaro, which is essentially an italian bitter, and it’s really tasty! Use some to spice up your tonic, or combine it with coffee syrup, espresso and make a non alcoholic Cafè Corretto!
Until recently there haven’t been too many non-alcoholic bitter brands out there. It seems the tides have changed and we see new brands coming to life on a daily basis. We’re looking forward to try more of them as it’s really one of the key secrets to create grown up, flavourful alternatives to alcoholic cocktails!
The Bitter Note can be found here
6: Bubbles – Secret weapon 2
Time to sparkle the sh*t out of your newest creation? Try using some of the beautiful non-alcoholic sparkling wines out there like Richard Juhlin Blanc de Blanc or maybe go for the dryer Sparkling Tea BLÅ from Copenhagen Tea Compan. If you want to be a little wild and crazy, use a nicely flavoured kombucha like the ones from Real Kombucha.
So with these new tricks up your sleeve there’s no holding you back! Time to start making some serious mocktails and celebrate National Mocktail Week 2019 like a pro!
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