The classic cocktail cocktail spread, made with ice, is becoming an everyday thing in many households.
And when it comes to homemade spread, the process is a little bit tricky.
Here are some of the things to know about making your own cocktail spread.
What to Look ForIn order to make the cocktail spread you’ll need:IceA cocktail sauce (such as vodka or rum) that is at least half a cup in volume (or 1.5 cups in liquid)That is enough to cover the top of the glass, and the bottom of the rimYou can either use a glass jar or bottle that is 1.75 inches or larger.
A standard glass jar holds 4.5 ounces (about 15 mL) but if you are making a large batch, you’ll want to double that amount.
Glass jarThe size of your jar will depend on the amount of ice you’re using and how much you want to pour.
A 4.25-ounce (1.2-liter) glass jar will hold about 10 ounces (250 mL).
Glass jars with a smaller capacity, like a 4-ounce or 1-liter (about 18 mL) bottle, will usually work better.
The jar you choose should be sturdy, though not heavy.
If you want your spread to last longer than one week, you can always use a more durable container.
How to Use the SpreadThere are several things you can do to make your cocktail spread:Fill the jar with ice until it’s almost full.
This will make the ice fall off the top and onto the rim of the bottle.
Fill the other end of the jar up to the rim with ice and pour in the mixture.
This will make a thick syrup.
This is what you want if you want the spread to be thick.
Strain the syrup through a mesh strainer or other device into the jar.
You can also put the syrup in a ziplock bag to keep it in the freezer until you need it.
This is the most common way to make homemade spread.
Stir the syrup and ice together and pour the mixture into a glass or container that is about 1.25 inches (or 0.8 centimeters) tall.
The glass jar should be able to hold about 6 ounces (170 mL).
If you’re making a lot of spread, you might want to put a lid on it so it stays sealed for a longer period of time.
You’ll also want to make sure that the jar has enough room to pour out the mixture before using it.
Mix the spread well.
If the mix is very thin, it will likely be difficult to get everything in the jar and it will make it hard to drink.
Add a small amount of salt to taste.
Once the spread is mixed and chilled, you should see it bubbling up.
If it isn’t bubbling, the mix may have been too cold for the glass jar.
Use a spoon to mix the spread with ice.
This makes the spread easier to drink than if you poured it out with ice alone.
If there’s no bubbling or ice on the surface of the mix, the spread will be too thin and you may not be able do anything with it.
If your spread is too thin, you may want to add a little more ice to make it thicker.
Stuffing the spreadOnce the ice is mixed, pour in a little of the syrup into the glass container.
Add salt to the mix and shake it to mix everything together.
Stick the jar in the refrigerator for about five to 10 days, or until the syrup has thickened to a consistency you like.
You might want the ice and syrup to thicken even more, if needed.
Once you’ve made the spread, store it in a sealed container in the fridge.