Mixology is part of the curriculum in the Restaurant Management (diploma and degree) program at Oregon Culinary Institute.  We asked one of our instructors, Mike Maxwell, to show us how to make three cocktail classics:  the martini, the margarita, and the cosmopolitan.  Below is a short instructional video in which Mike demonstrates the critical steps in making each, followed by all three drink recipes/instructions.

Martini

1. Use a chilled 4 oz martini glass
2. Add ice to a pint glass
3. Add 1 1/2 oz Gin to the pint glass
4. Add splash of Vermouth to the pint glass (you may also add olive juice to make a “dirty martini”)
5. Stir the drink (if shaken, the martini could appear cloudy due to the Vermouth)
6. Insert the strainer onto the pint glass and pour into the empty martini glass
7. Garnish with two or three speared olives (use an onion to make it a “Gibson”)

Margarita

1. Use a chilled 4 oz martini glass
2. Rub a lime wedge on the rim of the martini glass
3. Salt the rim of the martini glass
4. Add ice to a pint glass
5. Juice one lime and add to pint glass
6. Add 1 1/4 oz Tequila to the pint glass
7. Add 1/2 oz Triple Sec and the equivalent of 2 tsp sugar (i.e. simple syrup) to the pint glass
8. Using a stainless steel shaker, connect the open ends of the shaker and the pint glass and, holding both containers, shake 10-12 time vigrously back and fort above your shoulder. Finish with the beverage in the pint glass.
9. Insert the strainer onto the pint glass and pour into the empty martini glass.
10. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Cosmopolitan

1. Use a chilled 4 oz martini glass
2. Add ice to a pint glass
3. Add juice from half of a lime to the pint glass
4. Add 1 1/4 oz Vodka to the pint glass
5. Add 1/2 oz Triple Sec (or 2 tsp simple syrup) to the pint glass.
6. Add 1/2 oz cranberry juice to the pint glass
7. Using a stainless steel shaker, connect the open ends of the shaker and the pint glass and, holding both containers, shake 10-12 time vigrously back and fort above your shoulder. Finish with the beverage in the pint glass.
8. Insert the strainer onto the pint glass and pour into the empty martini glass.
9. Garnish with a lime wheel.

Mixology in the OCI Restaurant and Hospitality and Management Program*The description of the “Beverage Service and Mixology” class in the Restaurant Management program is as follows:  “This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn the basic functions of beverage service and management.  Topics include basic product knowledge, distilled spirits production, mixology, bar mise en place and customer service.  Students will have the opportunity for basic training in POS technology as it relates to beverage service.  The role of the barista will be explored and students will have the opportunity to learn drink recipes and coffee service.  Responsible alcohol server training will be accomplished durin this course and students will be required to obtain an OLCC Service Permit.”

For more information on this program, visit the program page on the OCI website.