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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