7 Steps to Making the Perfect Cocktail with The Hedonist

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Ever wanted to know just how to make the perfect cocktail? We spoke to The Hedonist owner Jon Lee to decipher the science behind the perfect concoction. Take a look below and see what you think.

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The Hedonist is fast becoming one of the best cocktail bars in Leeds due to their commitment to creating the best drinks in the city. The newly re-designed bar is to be a clean, sleek and atmospheric place that welcomes you off the street and allows you to leave the real world behind. Much of the focus is on comfort, with laid back seating, contemporary artwork on the walls and a remodelled bar all providing somewhere to relax while you head off around the world to explore all the best and most original liquors, spirits and cocktails it has to offer.

We sat down with The Hedonist owner Jon Lee to decipher what exactly makes a great cocktail. For Jon and his experienced team, there are seven steps that you need to master to make your perfect drink. From ice to ingredients, this is a comprehensive guide designed to help you get the best out of your cocktails. Let’s take a look at the steps below.

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Glassware

Ensure you have the correct glass and that it is of the right temperature. Usually chilled works best. Take into consideration the weight of the glass as a heavy glass can make a delicate drink taste thin.

Ingredients

You don’t have to spend a fortune to create a fantastic cocktail. In a cocktail where the base spirit is prominent i.e. the Martini or Manhattan, its necessary to use a good quality spirit.

Ice

Dependent on the size and quality of the ice you’re using you will have to adjust the time shaking/stirring a cocktail. Large ice would need more time due to less surface area.

Measures

Try to be as exact as possible when adding ingredients. If unsure then add less to begin with. You can always add later but you can’t take away.

Method

Drinks are made a certain way for a reason. Use the correct method for the cocktail in hand. Cocktails using juices, dairy or egg are usually shaken because shaking aerates them and creates a frothy, pleasing mouthfeel.

Test

Taste test your cocktail to see if ready. Does it need more of any ingredient? Is it too sweet? Is it too sour? Is it diluted enough? Trust your own taste buds but it does take time master this skill.

Garnish

The garnish should be there for a reason. The reason should be to elevate the drink. They are especially good for adding aroma, mint, thyme, and rosemary. These herbs can lift a drink when adorning a cocktail. Lemon, lime or any citrus can neutralise musky or egg aromas.

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On That Note

So, there you have it. The seven steps you need in order to make the perfect cocktail. Whether it’s for a predrinks or a party, be sure you follow Jon’s guide so you look like a professional, whatever the occasion may be. Cheers!

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