Get New Year ready with our cocktail tips

holiday cocktails

You’d think after two years of making cocktails in our jammies we’d be experts. Here are some tips to make sure that your homemade cocktails are the best you’ve ever had.


The Measure

Home measures are all well and good but can make a cocktail unbalanced. Ensure perfect cocktails for all tour guests every time with the use of a jigger. Each side measures a specific amount – 25ml and 50ml

jigger cocktail measure

The Shaker

You wouldn’t make a cake without a mixing bowl, would you? Make sure that all those beautiful ingredients are mixed properly before being served. Is there anything worse than a bland tasting first sip of a cocktail?

boston cocktail shaker

The Strainer

hawthorne strainer

A strainer is essential for cocktail making, you don’t want lumps and picking out pips. A Hawthorne strainer is the name of the weird-looking contraption with a coil. It’s handy in that it will fit almost all glasses, so no need for an array of strainer sizes.

What cocktails to make?

holiday cocktails



I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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