Building Signature House Cocktails with 2:1:1 | Course 2 – Lesson 08

The concept of a house cocktail is to design a cocktail that’s unique to your establishment. This establishment may be the bar you work at, the bar your frequent or your own house.

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In the professional scene, a house cocktail is the “talk of the town.” It’s that unique drink that you make at your place that draws in guests because they too want to experience the flavor.

House Bourbon Sour
– 2 oz bourbon
– 1 oz fresh lemon juice
– 1 oz simple syrup
– 1/2 oz egg white
– 6 dashes of bittercube cherry bark vanilla bitters
– pinch of salt
– lemon peel

As a home bartender, your house cocktail can be the cocktail you serve to your guests that they can only get when visiting. Sure, they can go to the local bar (maybe) and get a moderately ‘ok’ whiskey sour, but when they visit you they get a whiskey sour that is unique and distinct.

Today, let’s learn how to make our own custom house cocktail in a world where “every cocktail has already been invented.”

Now that you understand the 2:1:1 formula, you can start utilizing that knowledge to “riff off” the recipe for a new and unique creation. While a bar may create a house cocktail utilizing some DIY cocktail syrup that a bartender makes before shift (or weeks ahead), we are going to work off some commonly purchased items. Our house cocktail is going to be unique yet not a lot of work to build, great for home bartenders.

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