The talented trio behind Cocktail Trading Company and Murder Inc are industry renowned for delivering good times and great drinks so we asked one of the founders Elliot Ball for his tips and advice on how to create great drinks at home.
This wide-ranging conversation serves up a great array of handy hints that could help you develop into the host with the most and so we highly recommend watching the full-length interview (although we have written up the main points below for your convenience, enjoy :).
Although a slight spoiler alert you will be happy to hear the general gist of the conversation is keeping it simple, and a great drink is generally the result of a great experience which is a lot more than the drink itself.
1) Create the right environment. If you have good friends over they will help create that environment, as the host your job is not to make hosting a burdensome task that affects your mood and those of others, plan the evening and get prepared, make your life is easy.
2) Consider batching up, preparing most of your ingredients. A great but simple example is lemon juice and simple syrup. Most drinks require a balance of sweet and sour, if you have them readily available (ie a bottle of each in the fridge) then you can quickly and easily balance someone's drinks to their tastes.
3) If your making drinks for a crowd stick to drinks and ingredients least likely to offend anyone in the group. For Elliot the French 75 is the perfect cocktail, equal parts gin, lemon and simple syrup (a 1:1 solution of caster sugar and water), topped with Champagne.