Even for avid drinkers, bartending can be mysterious. Consider bartender slang.
A dry shake involves churning a drink in a shaker without ice, & a finger is an approximate unit of measurement equivalent to about two ounces, or one finger-width of liquor in the glass.
"Call drinks" are "well drinks' opposite. In this example, customer would name a specific liquor brand, Tito's Vodka, instead "house" For drinks, forward-thinking bartenders utilise system.
Drunkard's Almanac says Mr. Potato Head's interchangeable bits can inspire food experiments.
The official Potato Head website depicts Mr. Potato Head as a huge potato head with feet, mouth, nose, eyes, & ears, plus accessories.
These components can be swapped for another version, such cocktail ingredients. It's hard to say who coined the Mr. Potato Head concept for cocktails.
Australian Bartender cites Phil Ward as a proponent of the theory. An established cocktail recipe can be used as a 'template' for subsequent beverages, says Ward.
Liquor.com says Ward created the revised Oaxacan Old Fashioned. Reposado tequila, mezcal, agave syrup, bitters, & a 'flamed' orange peel garnish Ward's cocktail.
Difford's Guide asks for bourbon, rye whiskey, brown sugar syrup, & bitters. Ward modified the ingredients to give his drink an Oaxacan flavour.
Less-experienced bartenders & drinkers should be wary with "Potato Heading" While bartender creativity is encouraged, certain criteria must be followed to ensure a drink's success.
According to The Guardian, the liquor base, mixer, & ice style all affect the final beverage. It's also important that the drink's flavours are balanced so that none dominate.
The potato body/head is a cocktail's "base" liquor. Next, add the ears, which can be bitters. The nose is like an olive or orange peel garnish, while the mouth is like simple syrup.
You can arrange the elements however you choose. Popular Mechanics advocates learning 'cocktail families' & complementing flavour pairings to hone your mixologist skills.
Martinis contain dry vermouth, gin, & an olive or lemon garnish. Seltzer, scotch, & a lemon wedge garnish the whiskey highball.
"Potato Head" toward the optimum flavour balance by adding the proper elements.
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