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Five Steps For Cocktail Supremacy

Certain skills earn instant points for cool. Arguably top of the list is knowing how to make a mean cocktail.

If you fancy becoming a cocktail king, you’re in luck. We spoke with JJ Goodman, owner of London Cocktail Club and chairman of Gentleman Jack’s Order Of Gentlemen, for the five golden rules of cocktail-making. And remember: when it comes to creating a cocktail, double mellowed Gentleman Jack proves that it’s not only excellent when served neat, but also incredibly versatile when mixing with others, proving the perfect complement to any occasion.

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Hit The Sweet Spot

“Honey and maple are great alternatives to caster sugar, making for a really sweet cocktail. Just stay away from anything too rich - acacia is perfect for a light sweetness. Lavender also tends to work. The truth is in the colour, clear is good.”

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Get the right glass

“Presentation is important so invest in some nice glassware. Get a few heavy, low tumblers but then get some taller ones so there’s a contrast of styles with styles. Riedel do a few that are well worth the money, but you’ll always find a bargain on Ebay.”

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Give Life Lemons

“As for a sour drink - use quality lemons for the job. Soften by rolling them before you press to release more of their flavour.”

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Break The Ice

“You’ll need a lot, so make sure you have plenty in the freezer. The biggest rookie mistake is often not having enough.”

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Raise Some Spirits

"Spirits add more to a drink than just alcohol. For a dry finish as well as a subtle flavour that adds to the finish, make sure you buy quality."

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Click here for more of cocktail king JJ Goodman’s exclusive mixology tips plus recipes and more from Gentleman Jack

A gentleman never loses control. Please drink responsibly.

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