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Mix Lab Cocktails Class 1: Beginner Cocktails You Should Know

Nail the Basics of Bartending with Martinis, Mojitos, Margaritas, and More! Presented by Mix Lab Cocktails.

Mix Lab Cocktails

Mix Lab is an end-to-end cocktail journey for the enthusiast and expert bartender. Through these recipes and videos, you can easily expand your knowledge behind the bar. From in-depth cocktail education to glasses and garnishes, you'll be shaking with the best of them in no time.
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Mix Lab Cocktails

Mix Lab is an end-to-end cocktail journey for the enthusiast and expert bartender. Through these recipes and videos, you can easily expand your knowledge behind the bar. From in-depth cocktail education to glasses and garnishes, you'll be shaking with the best of them in no time.
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Welcome to the foundations of mixology, where our expert bartenders are helping you nail down the basics and give classic cocktails an upgrade, all with just five ingredients or less!

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This three-level class will take you through bartender bootcamp. We start with classic cocktails that come together in just one glass, move on to mastery of the must-have tools for any drink maker, and finish with a full course on how to bring out the best of each creation’s flavors.

When you’re done, you’ll have all the know-how you need to bring the staples of your favorite local bar into your own home.

Join our 4 expert bartenders, who have taken a break from their stations at award-winning bars all across the globe to bring their coveted knowledge straight to you!

Meet Your Instructor

Match Chan, Jacki Lo, Lucky Huang, and Gary Hu have won global cocktail competitions and worked in some of the best bars in Asia...and now they’re passing the torch to you.

What You Need

Just a handful of helpful tools will get you well on your way to shaking and stirring with the best of them. Gary Hu recommends all beginner bartenders invest in a jigger to make precise measurements, a shaker to combine ingredients with ease, and a strainer to keep the final drink smooth.

You’ll also want a peeler for the perfect garnish, a bar spoon to layer flavors, and a citrus press so you can swap bottled juices for fresh ones!

If you don’t own all of these, don’t worry. There are plenty of simple substitutions that draw on tools you probably already have around the house.

Introduction to Basic Alcohols and Ingredients

Gather your vodka, gin, tequila, rum, whiskey, and liqueurs! Of course, alcohol isn’t the only element in a delicious drink. Citrus juices and peels add a pop of fragrance to many of the world’s most popular cocktails, while sweeteners like honey and syrup bring a delectable depth of flavor.

LEVEL 1 - Basic Bar Drinks

Gorgeous cocktails don’t have to be complicated. First things first, we’re teaching you how to make basic bar drinks all assembled in a single glass.

Fiero Snowball Cocktail

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Fiero Snowball

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This bright and bubbly creation is as stunning to look at as it is to taste. Its complex flavor profile has the bite of a martini, but the sweetness of cranberry and cookie crumbles. With a scoop of vanilla ice cream to top it all off, who needs dessert?

Americano Cocktail

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Americano

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The Americano draws on fizzy soda water, Martini Bitter, and a pop of citrus to add color and flavor to any table. It’s a lovely refresher for hot summer days!

Bourbon Highball

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Bourbon Highball

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As easy to make as it is to sip on, the Highball blends the richness of bourbon with the lightness of lemon and soda water in a breezy, delicious, and totally effortless cocktail perfect for any occasion.

LEVEL 2 - Happy Hour Drinks

As James Bond says, “Shaken, not stirred.” A cocktail shaker is a staple tool for any home bartender, and Level 2 is all about how to use it. These tips are the key to smooth, well-blended drinks, and looking like a total pro while you make them!

How to Use a Shaker

Cocktail ingredients come in all kinds of textures and temperatures. To pour a smooth drink every time, an at-home bartender must master their most important tool--a shaker. Here are a few tips and tricks to get you moving and shaking!

Breakfast Martini

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Breakfast Martini

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Nothing says good morning like a Breakfast Martini. This punchy citrus cocktail goes beautifully with the first meal of the day, pulling in Bombay Sapphire and Patrón Citronge alongside a healthy dose of orange and lemon.

Air Mail Cocktail

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Air Mail

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This classic cocktail has been around since the 1930s--that’s some serious staying power! And there’s no wonder it’s still popular today. Martini Prosecco and Bacardi Superior pair perfectly with lime, honey, and mint to build this simple but elevated drink.

Big Meal Cocktail

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Big Meal

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Black pepper and bacon may not sound like your usual cocktail ingredients, but they come together in a big way in this bold and tasty drink that offers a unique spin on the traditional Moscow Mule.

Elderflower Vesper Martini

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Elderflower Vesper Martini

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The subtle and fruity notes of elderflower take this martini to the next level for a drink that is elegant, light, and totally refreshing.

Cucumber Lemon Fizz

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Cucumber Lemon Fizz

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Vodka, cucumber, and honey come together in this delightful and oh-so-sippable cocktail made with summer days, picnics, and outdoor festivities in mind.

LEVEL 3 - Elevated Classic Cocktails

Now that you’ve established the foundations, it’s time to get fancy. In Level 3, you’ll learn how to muddle, garnish the rim of your glasses, and make your own simple syrups.

How to Muddle

Struggling to achieve big, bold, and blended flavors in your cocktails? Muddling is the answer. This technique involves gently mashing ingredients like fruits and herbs to draw out their unique tastes and incorporate them into the drink.

How to Rim

Why eat ice cream out of a cup when you could have it on a cone? That’s exactly the way we feel about rims. Adding a delicious salt or sugar coating to your drinking glass is a simple way to take your cocktails to the next level and throw in an extra pop of flavor while you’re at it. Here’s how!

How to Make Simple Syrup

Simple syrups are simply delicious, and so straightforward to make! You can incorporate herbs, fruits, and spices to infuse to-die-for flavors that will mix easily into your drinks.

Spicy Margarita

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Spicy Margarita

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A chili-lime seasoning along the rim takes this cocktail from standard party fare into spicy new territory. The secret to the burst of flavor is tajin, a popular Mexican spice used to garnish fruits, veggies, and (of course) drinks!

Rosemary Pineapple Margarita

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Rosemary Pineapple Margarita

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Hello, island life! The bright flavors of Patrón Silver Tequila, pineapple, and lime mingle perfectly with the herbal pop of rosemary to create a dangerously refreshing and easy to drink cocktail.

Cherry Loves Tomato

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Cherry Loves Tomato

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Calling all brunch lovers! Fans of the classic Bloody Mary will love this morning-friendly cocktail made from a unique blend of tomatoes, grapefruit juice, and a punchy sweet and spicy chili syrup.

Cilantro Mojito

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Cilantro Mojito

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Everybody loves a good mojito, and this one is made even better with the addition of fresh cilantro! Bright, refreshing flavor shines through in every sip, making it the perfect spring and summer drink.

Peach Smash

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Peach Smash

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In four steps and just five minutes, you can craft this sweet and fruity drink that draws on a delicious blend of peach, lemon, and thyme, backed by the powerful flavor of Bacardi Ocho Rum.

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