Cocktail Terms: How do you measure one part?

Unlike beer, which comes ready to serve cans or bottles, cocktails aren’t ‘ready to drink’ (Unless of course you buy those ready shaken mixers – but of course fresh cocktails are always best.) When it comes to preparing cocktails or using a app to help you do so, there are certain terms you will need to understand in order to make one of those delicious drinks. And there is where we come in to teach you the basics of cocktail making; welcome to Cocktails 101.

Today we will be looking at the term ‘One Part’.

“One part” of alcohol is relative to the size of the drink you are making, or the recipe of the drink itself.

For example, if you are making a screwdriver (which consists of orange juice and vodka), you could make it 30ml vodka to 60ml of orange juice. That would be “one part” alcohol mixed with “2 parts” of orange juice, making it a 90ml drink. Think of it each part as a fraction of the whole, that when added up together gives you that cocktail.

The “part” concept could be applied to most things when combining ingredients or solutions. Of course, if you want to make your Screwdriver stronger, you can change the recipe to 2 parts vodka, 1 part orange juice. It really is up to you.

So the next time you want to make yourself a Cosmopolitan and see the word ‘part’, we trust you have got it all understood.


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