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Jessie Knadler is the author of Rurally Screwed and coauthor of the preserving cookbook Tart & Sweet. She’s been featured on NPR.org, in the Washington Post and French Elle. Her writing has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Newsweek, Self, among many others. She lives in beautiful rural Virginia with her husband and daughter. Jessie blogs at rurallyscrewed.com.

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How to craft your own cocktails

By Jessie Knadler |

I’m not a bartender.  I wouldn’t even call myself a “mixologist.” But I do enjoy a good cocktail, and lately I’ve become kinda obsessed with concocting my own (or more like adapting heavily from other recipes).  But making a good cocktail, I’ve discovered, is a bit more involved than dumping a bunch of liquids in a glass and coming up with a catchy name (The Kool Aid Kick! Um. No.)  There is a time honored art to making drinks.  Some would call it a science.  And making a great cooler doesn’t necessarily mean compiling an assortment of exotic and expensive ingredients that litter your cabinets forever .  In fact, if a cocktail calls for more than four ingredients — maybe five, if I’m in a really, really good mood — I’m not making it.  The time it takes to make it should not be longer than the time it takes to sip it.  Following are a few tips to make any drink sing.

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How to craft your own cocktails

Stick to the quarter cup rule

Nobody likes a weak drink and the traditional “jigger” – 1.5 ounces -- of booze per cocktail just isn’t enough to wet the whistle of the average tippler. For a more memorable, stiff and tasty cocktail, a quarter cup of sprits per drink is recommended.

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Jessie Knadler is the author of Rurally Screwed and coauthor of the cookbook Tart & Sweet. She’s been featured on the Katie Couric talk show, NPR.org, the Washington Post, French Elle and made the cover of the New York Post. Her writing has appeared in Martha Stewart Living, Newsweek, Jezebel.com among many others. She lives in beautiful rural Virginia with her soldier husband, her two year old daughter and a wily dog from Afghanistan. Read bio and latest posts → Read Jessie's latest posts →

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