How to blend a cocktail

19 November 2015Malika Saidi

How to blend a cocktail

Learn how to blend a cocktail in 5 easy steps by reading this short article. Or simply watch the tutorial video, Cheers!

Step 1: Add the ingredients to the blender cup.

Step 2: Add the crushed ice. If you’re not sure, put in less than you think you’ll need: you can always add more. Only use crushed ice. Some drinks use ice-cream instead of, or as well as, crushed ice.

Step 3: Put the cap on the blender cup, make sure it’s seated properly on the rotating unit, and turn it on at the lowest speed.

Step 4: Let the mixture churn for a while. It might jam up: stop the motor, take the blender cup off the motor unit and shake it to “burp” it – air bubbles can sometimes form.

Step 5: Listen to the noise the motor makes and look at the mixture. The goal is a smooth, consistent sound and an almost-solid mixture that is nonetheless moving smoothly around the blender cup with a small hole in the middle. If the hole is way too big, try adding small amounts of crushed ice. If the mixture is too solid, add an ounce or less of one of the non-alcoholic liquid ingredients. When you hear the “sweet sound”, let it blend for about 15 seconds more and then turn it off.

Step 6: Uncap the blender and pour the contents into the glass.

Blending a drink usually creates at least 50% dilution or more. The reason is, every single piece of ice that goes into the blender, ends up in the glass.

Want to learn more about making cocktails yourself? Find out more about our Cocktail Introduction and Basic Bartending Course!

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Malika Saidi

Malika Saidi

Malika Saidi is the Bols Global Brand Ambassador and trainer at the Bols Academy. She loves sports, travelling and bartending.

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