Start With The Cheapest Ingredients When Building Cocktails

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As with anything, learning to make excellent cocktails takes some practice, and even professionals screw up every once in a while. To prevent wasting costly booze, bartender and all-around ethanol expert Jim Meehan builds his drinks starting with the cheapest ingredients.

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Life is full of distractions, and getting interrupted while mixing up a drink can lead to you losing your place in a recipe. By adding your cocktail ingredients from least costly (think syrups and juices) to most expensive (fancy liqueurs) you lessen the chance of wasting the good stuff.

Another good idea when mixing up a drink is to add your ice last, as you want to be ready to stir or shake the moment that frozen water hits your drink. I am very scatterbrained, and prone to wandering off in the middle of things, and adding ice last means I can walk away from the cocktail for a few minutes and not worry about it getting too diluted.

A watery drink is a wasted drink, and a wasted drink is a sad thing.

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