Good Cheap Booze requires consistent, repeatable standard cocktail recipes for our reviews. This would allow you to duplicate our Three Level Tasting® yourself and over time allow us to produce a body of reviews that could be compared.
This means no exotic ingredients or mysterious techniques. We decided that for most of our spirits reviews we would use recipes published by The International Bartenders Association. This is a professional group founded in the UK back in 1951. In addition to classes, they hold a world competition each year.
Here is how to find the International Bartenders Association and all their cocktail concoctions:
Of course, you may prefer a different approach to these drinks, which is fine and proper and in some cases, so do we. However, these are widely used standards around the world and make comparisons simple. For some reviews, we will use a simple highball approach and individual reviews make that clear.
For more information about how Good Cheap Booze conducts review tastings, click to see the About Us page.
A Few Review IBA Cocktail Recipes
(metric centiliter amounts converted to fluid ounces for convenience)
1.5 oz White rum (4.5 cl)
½ oz Simple syrup (1.5 cl)
3/4 oz Fresh lime juice (2.5 cl)
Shake with ice and then strain into a cocktail glass.
2 oz Gin (6 cl)
1/3 oz Dry Vermouth (1 cl)
Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Squeeze oil from a strip of lemon peel onto the drink, or garnish with an olive.
How about mixers such as tonic and ginger beer?
We use Fever-Tree. This is a top quality brand of cocktail mixers now widely available in most serious adult beverage stores and better markets. We believe this brand’s mixers bring out all that a spirit can offer the cocktail drinker.
Note: they are not as sweet as the mass brands. We have no relationship with Fever-Tree save appreciation for a fine product.