How to Build a Cocktail

How to Build a Cocktail

Step 1: Choose your glassware

The type of glass you choose can enhance the taste and presentation of your drink. For example, a highball glass is perfect for a refreshing cocktail on ice, while a martini glass is better suited for an elegant drink served straight up. If your recipe calls for a rim or chilled glass, be sure to complete this step before adding your ingredients.

Step 2: Measure & mix your ingredients

Now it’s time to add your ingredients. Typically, this is done with a jigger. If you don’t have one, you can use a measuring cup or measuring spoons - just keep in mind that 1 tablespoon = ½ ounce.

Depending on the recipe you’re following, you might add the ingredients to a shaker with ice, or stir them together directly in the glass you’re serving the cocktail in. If you need a shaker and don’t have one on hand, you can use a mason jar with a lid! Just make sure you don’t use any container with untempered glass - the drastic change in temperature from the icy cocktail could shatter it.

If you need any equipment, you can find all the basic Bar Tools in our shop!

Step 3: Taste

If you find that your drink needs more acidity or sweetness, adjust accordingly. Keep in mind that small adjustments can have a big impact on the final flavor of the cocktail, so it's important to taste as you go and make changes gradually.

Step 4: Garnish

Garnishes can add a pop of color and flavor to your cocktail.

Once you’ve got the finishing touch on your drink, take a pic and tag us on social media @cocktailcourier! Still have questions? Check out our library of How-To instructions, or reach out to us at

With a little practice and creativity, you’ll create delicious drinks that will impress your guests. Remember to choose the right glassware, use fresh ice, add your ingredients in the right order, mix gently, and garnish with care. Cheers to your next cocktail creation!

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