Raising the Bar with Jamie Boudreau
From simple garnishes to the most complex molecular mixology, Jamie Boudreau takes you through tips and techniques that are paramount to today's bartender.
How to Make a Fancy Bar Lime
6 Feb 09 1
Jamie Boudreau demonstrates how to make a fancy bar lime. With this simple technique you can step it up a notch behind the bar.
How To Make Rich Simple Syrup
11 Nov 10 7
Making simple syrup is, well, simple. Jamie likes to use rich simple syrup behind the bar. It provides a cocktail with sweetness, mouth feel and texture without diluting the cocktail.
1 Mar 11 6
Basil is not just for cooking in Italian food. It is wonderful when used just like mint in a mojito or mint julep and adds a depth of green, earthy aroma and flavor to a drink like the Monstre Verte.
28 Dec 10 4
Start your day right with the delightfully refreshing Breakfast Collins. Be sure to leave all the nasty bits behind by using a proper double straining technique.
How to Use Ice In Cocktails
9 Apr 09 21
What is the most important ingredient in any cocktail? Hints: it used to be a liquid, it can be made into any shape, it is very cold.
Black Donald Cocktail
25 Jan 11 3
The Tom Collins is probably the most recognizable highball style cocktail. Another classic highball is the El Diablo. The Black Donald is essentially an El Diablo using Scotch in place of Tequila and Drambuie in place of Creme de Cassis. Grab your nearest bottle of single malt and give it a go!
15 Nov 11 5
There are ingredients sitting in your back bar that you just don't like. Maybe it is just because you haven't taken the time to get to know them. The WTF cocktail is a cocktail made with some of those ingredients Jamie took the time to experiment with.
Three Mixologists, Three Cocktails, Three Ways - Margarita Cocktail
7 Jun 11 1
In 2011, Jamie joined Liquid Kitchen host, Kathy Casey and Portfolio Ambassador for William Grant and Sons, Charlotte Voisey for a unique and entertaining seminar during the recent Manhattan Cocktail Classic. This seminar, sponsored by Hudson Whiskey, Hendrick's Gin and Milagro Tequila, led attendees through the thought process that these three mixologists go through when creating a cocktail. In this episode, they tackle how to make a Margarita three different ways. You can watch Kathy make her variation, the Black and Blue Cadillac Margarita with Grand Marnier Foam, here. Join Small Screen, William Grant & Sons and Charlotte Voisey during Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2013
Kentucky Medicine Cocktail
29 Nov 11 2
Jamie brings back the "golden ratio" and discusses proper technique when opening a corked bottle of wine or vermouth. The resulting cocktail, Kentucky Medicine, will surely cure what ails you this Winter season.
How to Use Egg in a Cocktail
14 May 09 20
Eggs are used in cocktails to add texture and mouth feel to a cocktail. They are easy to incorporate if you follow these simple steps.
Pumpkin King Cocktail
22 Nov 11 9
The Pumpkin King was inspired by the great seasonal pumpkin ales that pop up this time of year. Jamie uses Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Co. to create a beer liqueur which he uses as the foundation for the cocktail. With its soft yet rich flavor, Pigs Nose Scotch Whisky is the perfect compliment to the deep spice of the hand made beer liqueur.
5 Apr 11 5
Thyme has many uses, the most obvious being culinary. Because of its antiseptic qualities, in ancient times, it was used as an embalming agent. No doubt the aromatics aided in suppressing odors related to the decomposition of the body. Here, Jamie uses thyme strictly as an aromatic. Although, it may help preserve your liver!
7 Nov 12 3
Almost two years ago now, Jamie extolled the virtues of the Golden Ratio. As a formula for creating new cocktails, the Golden Ratio is 1.5 oz spirit : .75 oz aperitif : .25 oz liqueur. This combination almost always results in a delicious cocktail. If not, it can serve as the base for iteration. Get experimenting!
Tasting Rant - How to Taste Cocktails
10 Nov 10 15
Bartenders, this one is for you. Stop tasting with straws! Grab you own pimp cup taster and leave the straws alone.
How to Make Cocktail Dusts
17 Nov 09 3
Making unique and flavorful dusts used for rimming cocktail glasses could not be easier. Jamie Boudreau shows you how using Chartreuse.
Deconstructed Margarita with Cointreau Ravioli
3 May 11 2
The Margarita is traditionally made with little variation. Those who like it simple, keep to three ingredients: simple syrup, lime juice and tequila. Delicious! Jamie Boudreau steps it up a notch with help from a kit assembled by Cointreau (watch Jamie make Cointreau pearls here) whose purpose is to streamline the production of flavored pearls and, in this case, what Jamie calls "ravioli". This deconstructed Margarita pairs the typical trifecta of ingredients above with a spoonful of encapsulated Cointreau for a flavorful and unique imbibing experience.
How to Make a Shrub for Cocktails - Rha Rha Number Two
28 Jun 12 15
An abundance of fruit and produce presents itself in the summer and thus it is the perfect season for making a shrub. Made simply by combining fruit based syrup (think of simple syrup made with fruit juice instead of water) and vinegar, shrubs are a great way of imparting sweet fruit flavors and delicious acidity to a cocktail. In this case, Jamie utilizes a rhubarb shrub that combines beautifully with a citrus forward gin like Martin Miller's.
Celery Sipper Cocktail
12 Apr 11 3
Spring has sprung and it is time to discover light and refreshing cocktails to be sipped in the sunshine. Most often used as a garnish, celery is often overlooked as an ingredient. Its vegetal aroma and flavor is off-putting to some but combined with a touch of acid and a bit of sweetness, then spread evenly with vodka, it creates a backbone of flavor that is at once robust and refreshing.
How to Layer a Cocktail - Sheffield Reborn
4 Jan 11 2
Layering a cocktail is really very simple. Once you have ascertained the specific gravity of each spirit, just begin with the heaviest spirit on the bottom and layer the rest of the ingredients in order from heaviest to lightest on top of each other. A good tip to remember is to pour each ingredient slowly over you bar spoon as it rests against the glass. That way they do not break through the previous layer. It also helps to chill or freeze each liqueur before use.
How to Carbonate and Bottle Cocktails - Ruban Bleu #2
12 Jul 12 15
Carbonating and bottling cocktails is a great way to batch cocktails for your bar or for fun at home. Using great ingredients, like Martin Miller's Gin and adding bubbles also makes any cocktail a more refreshing drinking experience.
Three Mixologists, Three Cocktails, Three Ways - French 75 Cocktail
31 May 11 3
In 2011, Jamie joined Liquid Kitchen host, Kathy Casey and Portfolio Ambassador for William Grant and Sons, Charlotte Voisey for a unique and entertaining seminar during Manhattan Cocktail Classic. This seminar, sponsored by Hudson Whiskey, Hendrick's Gin and Milagro Tequila, led attendees through the thought process that these three mixologists go through when creating a cocktail. In this episode, they tackle the French 75 Cocktail. You can watch Kathy make her variation, the Citrus 75, here. Join Small Screen, William Grant & Sons and Charlotte Voisey during Manhattan Cocktail Classic 2013
How to Make a Spiral Zest Garnish
25 Feb 09 2
Jamie demonstrates the beautifully simple spiral zest.
How to Make a Bar Lime Garnish
6 Feb 09 1
Jamie Boudreau demonstrates how to create the classic bar lime garnish.
Liqeuer, Aperitif & Digestif
- Almond Liqueur
- Apricot Liqueur
- Blackcurrant Liqueur
- Chocolate Liqueur
- Cherry Liqueur
- Ginger Liqueur
- Herbal Liqueur
- Mint Liqueur
- Pomegranate Liqueur
- Orange Liqueur
- Violet Liqueur