Stick/Muddle Drinks All Bartenders Should Know

 

 

Stick drinks are the drinks that require a stick called a muddler. Please know that your muddler should never be stained and/or lacquered or it will put poison in the drink. It should be unstained and oiled. Muddling releases the oils in what you are muddling releasing its flavor. A great place to get an awesome muddler is over at Mr. Mojito.

 

 

Mojito (mo-HEE-toe)

 

The Mojito is said to come from Havana, Cuba at the La Bodeguita del Medio restaurant that opened in 1942. It’s amazing to see a cocktail have new life breathed into it 60 years later thanks to James Bond ordering it in the 2002 film, Die Another Day. Makes you wonder what classic cocktail could become the rage again.

Glass: Highball.
1 1/2 ounces of light rum
4 lime wedges
3 packets of sugar
4 mint sprigs (one saved for a garnish)
Soda water

Shake & Strain Mixing Method #1: muddle the limes, sugar and mint in a shaker glass then add ice and rum then shake and strain into a highball or tall glass of crushed or cracked ice. Top with soda water.

Build Mixing Method #2: muddle the limes, sugar and mint in a highball or tall glass, add the rum then crushed or cracked ice and top with soda water.
Garnish: mint sprig.

Note: Sadly, a lot of bars are trying to cash in on the Mojito craze and you’ll find mint syrup taking the place of the time consuming muddling method. The most important thing to know is that a Mojito is not served in a short stubby glass.

 


Mint Julep

 

The first thing you should know is that the Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Next you should know that whole books have been written on its origins, so to attempt to give you that information in one paragraph is not possible. However, they were once made in silver cups so that an icy frost formed on the outside of the cup.


Glass: Highball.
2 ounces of bourbon
3 packets of sugar
4 mint sprigs (one saved for a garnish)

Mixing Method: muddle the sugar and mint in the highball glass then fill with crushed or cracked ice. Add the bourbon and stir until the glass gets really really cold. Add more ice if needed.
Garnish: mint sprig.

Note: It’s said that spearmint leaves are better than peppermint when making this drink.




Old Fashioned

 

This is a controversial drink, but don’t worry about it too much because you won’t get many orders for it. This recipe is pretty standard in most bars. There are even bars that will tell you that they don’t make it, but that’s mainly because they don’t know how.

Glass: Rocks.
2 ounces of bourbon, whiskey, or rye
2 packets of sugar
orange slice and one cherry
2 dashes of Angostura bitters

Mixing Method: muddle the sugar, orange, cherry in the rocks glass then fill with ice. Add the whiskey.
Garnish: None.

Note: No matter what you’ve been told you do not put a splash of water or soda water on top. Also, the cherry really serves no purpose other than decorative. The original Old Fashioned is built with a spoon of sugar, two dashes of bitters, spoonful of water, ice, rye whiskey, and garnished with a lemon peel.





Caipirinha
(kie-purr-REEN-ya)

 


The Caipirinha comes from Brazil. It’s made from a popular Brazilian liqueur called cachaça (ka-SHA-ka). There are about 4000 different brands of cachaça in Brazil and probably only 5% of American bars stock it.


Glass: Rocks.
2 ounces of cachaça
4 lime wedges
3 packets of sugar

Mixing Method: muddle the limes and sugar in a shaker glass then ice and the cachaça and shake. Pour everything into a rocks glass.
Garnish: None.




Caipirinha Family

 


Caipirissima: a Caipirinha made with rum.
Caipiroska: a Caipirinha made with vodka.




The Top Stick Drinks You Must Know

Mint Julep
Mojito
Old Fashioned
Caipirinha

 

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