There are few rules in the Wulf Cocktail Den. The recipes here are more general guidelines. Feel free to experiment with proportions of the ingredients, or substitute different liquors, bitters, etc. That being said, you should be aware of some of my personal preferences and guidelines:
1. I prefer cocktails that are mostly, if not entirely, composed of liquor. I do use citrus juices in some of my cocktails, and I don’t care for soda or carbonated beverages. From what I understand, if you’re looking to maintain or lose weight, it is the non-alcoholic ingredients in a cocktail that are a disaster.
2. The fewer ingredients the better. I’m a big fan of the KISS principle – keep it simple, stupid.
3. When using juices, if possible go with fresh over processed. Even someone with an unsophisticated palate like me can tell the difference. There’s almost always an assortment of lemons, limes, oranges, and the occasional grapefruit in my kitchen …… purely so I can use them as ingredients and/or garnish.
4. Just because you put a cocktail in a martini glass doesn’t mean it is a martini. Technically a martini must have vermouth and vodka and/or gin. Of course, I will call something a martini if it is in a martini glass and you should, too. I simply ask that you recognize what makes something a classic martini.
5. Have fun.
6. See #5.