Mixologist and former Windows on the World head bartender George Delgado knows the good from the great. "A good bartender can make a drink by the recipe consistently," he says. "A great bartender can tweak the recipe ever so much for whomever he’s making the drink.
Delgado shared his wisdom last week at the Museum of the American Cocktail’s first summer seminar, "Tomorrow’s Classics: Creating Your Own Cocktails." The event gave drink enthusiasts an opportunity to mix a drink like a professional.
Mixing a drink, Delgado says, is more than following a recipe. Good bartenders know their ingredients and how they’ll play off one another in a cocktail. That means ditching store-bought mixers for fresh squeezed juices and choosing not to scrimp on the alcohols that you use for that special kick. Fresh-fruit garnishes and proper drinking glasses also add to the visual appeal.