ICC 'Art of the Cocktail' February 17th 2012
We signed up for a training course at the ICC (Illinois Central College'. We expected to be making and tasting cocktails, however it did not quite turn out that way.
|Cocktail Menu (Click image to enlarge)|
The session started with the chef making a Margarita (Menu above), and explaining some of the best tips for the perfect cocktail.
Hints and Tips
Always add a small pinch of salt to a cocktail to enhance the flavour
Always chill the glass
Never use liquor from the freezer, use at room temperature
Always use freshly squeezed fruit for flavours
Shake the cocktail for 2 minutes (Adds 25% water from the ice)
The chef went on to make other cocktails (All of which we were able to try). He made instant pickles using a vacuum machine, made clear lemon juice using a centrifuge, and chilled the drinks using liquid nitrogen.
All in all a great evening with some amazing technical skills, and some great cocktails.
Below are some pictures from the evening.
|Aneta tasting a 'Chocolate Cocktail'|
|Adding the Cocktail to Liquid Nitrogen|
|'French 75' Cocktails with the Instant Pickle|
|Selection of Cocktails|
|Making clear lemon juice in the Centrifuge|
|Tim, Carrie, and Silvia|
|The 'Witches Brew'|
|Tim and Carrie|
|Silvia and David|
|Carrie and Silvia|