The Bite Magazine - Autmn/Winter 2020 - Issue 28

Moore House Cocktail Company wants like-minded cocktail drinkers and those yet to stray into the wonderful world of cocktails to embark on a journey with them through their handcrafted mixology. They are committed to adding new varieties to their range constantly and are steadily adding permanent additions including Old Fashioned, Classic Martini and Rob Roy to the mix. They also plan to create special editions using inventive variations to their recipes. The ideal cocktail is made of garnishes, ice, and of course, the alcoholic ingredients. Garnishes add dimension to the cocktail; they are a vital part of the presentation and can be very simple or very precise and ornate. “We suggest starting with the basics and progressing if you have a creative streak,” says the brand. “Some of the very best bartenders and mixologists stick to the basics so if that’s your choice you will be in very good company.” For Negroni, orange peel is the most commonly used garnish as the citrus oil from the peel nicely compliments the complex flavours of the cocktail. With a potato peeler or a sharp kitchen knife, slice off a piece of the peel including the zest of a large orange. Cut it into shape or leave it chicly unstructured. Twist the peel over the Negroni to release the oils from the skin. Wipe it around the rim of the glass and place it down the side of the ice for decoration. Maraschino cherries are an essential addition to a Manhattan and should not be confused with Neon Cocktail cherries or glacé cherries. The Maraschino cherry is dark, rich, and incredibly delicious. It is advisable to add one or three (never an even number) to your Manhattan on a cocktail stick. For Espresso Martini, roasted coffee beans are the final flourish to this cocktail. Some drinkers crunch the beans after they have finished the cocktail, but they are bitter, so it’s not recommended. Just as there are specific garnishes, there are special glasses for each type of cocktail. Coupe Glass also known as a Champagne Saucer, is used to drink a Manhattan. An urban myth says the glass was moulded in the shape of Marie Antoinette’s left breast, but since it was invented in England in 1663, years before the queen was born, it is untrue. The Martini Glass often called a Cocktail Glass, has become the generic, cliched shape for a glass to serve cocktails. However, this is the right glass for an Espresso Martini. Old Fashioned is another glass named after the well-known cocktail served in it. Also called a Whisky glass, this glass is used to serve Negroni. It is said the thicker the bottom and thinner the rim is, the better. Nick & Nora is a dainty 1930s glass with an elongated stem. Named after Nick and Nora Charles, a fictional couple from The Thin Man novel by Dashiell Hammett, the glass is much smaller than the Martini or Coupe, so it’s the ideal size for serving ‘straight-up’ cocktails. As cocktails are made to be served cold, adding ice and then removing it fulfils this purpose. Moore House Cocktail Company says, “Adding ice for the right amount of time and combining it in the correct way is the difference between a good cocktail and a disappointment.” Mixing a cocktail with ice, whether it’s shaken or stirred is critical. Experts say the dilution rate should be between 10% and 15%, allowing bitedrinks