The Art of Muddling

Summer is just around the corner and that means cocktail season is officially underway! The perfect drink will make your summer bash, but you won’t get anywhere without knowing how to muddle. If you’re a fan of our Uptown Old Fashioned then you know firsthand how effective muddling can be. Our take on a classic high ball, it is made with muddled orange and is absolutely delicious.

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Muddling is the pressing or crushing of herbs and fruit used in cocktails—drop your fresh ingredients into the bottom of the glass, muddle gently, and then add alcohol. It may sound simple, but there’s an art to muddling that can make or break your hostess reputation.

The trick when it comes to muddling is to lightly press fruit just three times in order to release enough flavor for the cocktail without smashing the fruit. Also never add an herb until the last remaining press to ensure that the herb doesn’t add a bitter taste to the cocktail. Finally, don’t forget that appearance is important. You don’t want your guests to be drinking something that resembles a swamp! So if you learn one thing this summer, learn how to muddle. You may not be a mixologist but your guests will surely mistake you for one.

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