How to Make Great Cocktails in 5 Simple Steps

Do you want to learn how to make great cocktails to impress your friends? Here are some simple tips to help you make amazing drinks!

Have you ever wondered if your cocktails are up to par? You don't have to be a mixologist to create delicious cocktails from home.

If you're looking to take your cocktail-making game to the next level, listen up. We're going to share 5 essential tips for making great cocktails, that apply to all cocktail recipes.

So whether you're a mojito lover or a Painkiller aficionado, keep reading!

1. Chill Your Glasses

The first thing to do when preparing cocktails is to chill your glasses. There's no point keeping your mixers chilled and shaking with ice if you're not going to use cold glasses!

Place your cocktail glasses in your fridge an hour before you want to serve your drinks. If there's no room in your fridge, fill your cocktail glasses with ice and water to ensure they stay cold! 

2. Use Premium Spirits

Next, when making cocktails it's vital to use good quality ingredients. Of course, this includes the spirits you'll be mixing.

Pusser's Rum is award-winning and perfect for many different cocktails. In addition to old favorites like Grog and the Painkiller, check out our selection of other delicious rum-based cocktails.

3. Shake With Plenty of Ice

When blending cocktails, the two main options are shaken or stirred. Cocktails containing juices or flavorful ingredients are typically shaken.

Meanwhile, you might want to stir your cocktails made primarily from liquors or when they are poured straight into a glass.

When shaking cocktail mix, make sure you use plenty of ice! This helps the drink stay extra cool.

4. Get Fresh Ingredients

If you're on bartending duty for a party, take some advice from the professionals and get all your ingredients ready ahead of time. In addition to liquors and mixers, you'll also need garnishes!

Where possible, it's always best to choose fresh ingredients. This means fresh lime juice, pineapple, passionfruit, and herbs. You can also get items that don't need to stay fresh, such as maraschino cherries, or perhaps cocktail umbrellas!

5. Mix Ingredients in the Right Order

Finally, if you're wondering how to make great cocktails, remember that the order of ingredients is important. You'll want to add ice to your drinks last. When ice is added too early, cocktails become warm and diluted, which nobody wants!

Also, make sure that carbonated elements of your cocktails aren't added too soon, as they'll become less fizzy.

Just before serving, add your garnish to the cocktail. These don't always add a lot of flavor to the drinks, but they make the presentation look irresistible.

Now You're Ready to Make Some Great Cocktails

Having shared 5 simple yet essential tips for making great cocktails, it's time to get shaking! By following our tips, you're sure to have many fun-filled nights to remember as you mix up delicious cocktails for your friends and loved ones.

Don't forget, you can buy Pusser's rum direct from our website. Visit our online shop to browse our selection, there's sure to be a perfect blend for your next cocktail!

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2 comments


  • Eve Mitchell

    I loved that you mentioned that putting glasses in the fridge can help improve your cocktails. My husband and I are throwing a cocktail party in two weeks, and we’re hoping to buy some nice ingredients. I’ll have to buy some nice glasses as well. https://www.rerouteamericas.com/


  • Cliff Kennish

    My great great grandfather was in the Royal Navy, I drink Pussers to honor him William Kennish


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