At his seminar in South Beach, Tony, who's referred to as the Modern Mixologist, left me — someone who regularly makes cocktails at home — aghast with regards to how many things I do wrong behind the bar. Not only did he set the record straight, but he made sure to explain in detail exactly why cocktails should be made in a certain way.
- What you're doing wrong: Not chilling your glassware. "A cold drink should always be served in a cold glass," he declared. At any given time, Abou-Ganim stores two to three different glasses in his freezer.
- What you're doing wrong: Buying that economy-sized club soda. Always buy small bottles. Tony buys the eight-ounce bottles and keeps them in the refrigerator for use any time.
- What you're doing wrong: Squeezing that lime juice ahead. "Limes are very fragile," Tony explained, "so you should always squeeze them à la minute." They should be used right away, because after 20 to 30 minutes, they become oxidized. Look for fruits with smooth, dark green skin and a soft, pliable touch.
Want to know what else you're doing wrong? Find out after the jump.