Quick Mix!Cocktailing with Benjamin Newby
We asked nightlife and mixology guru Benjamin Newby to mix up some fun for us. The result? Three classic cocktails that every sophisticated gent should not only knowâ€”but can shake and stir under the gun. With a namesake consultancy company under his belt, Benjamin drops some knowledge on quality basics, having the correct tools for the job and always cocktailing with a smile. And we know what youâ€™re thinkingâ€”if this is your first time entertaining behind your home bar, donâ€™t fret! While Benjamin demonstrates lighting fast speed, he suggests making small batches of one particular cocktail if youâ€™re expecting friends.
Follow along below as Benjamin power mixes The White Russian, The Old Fashioned and The Classic Martini in under a minute flat. And before you step behind the bar, make sure you have a jigger. â€œIf you want to make perfect cocktails consistently this is the tool that will make it happen,â€ Benjamin explains. â€œThat and being able to set orange peel on fire.â€
Coming in at 58 seconds (yes, 58!), Benjamin swizzles up one handsome martini. â€œIf I am discovering a new gin, the first thing I do is make a martini with it to bring out the subtlety of the botanicals,â€ Benjamin explains. Although a lavender-forward gin may be the key to a classic martini, he says the most important thing is to have fun and don’t be afraid make mistakes.
Five ingredients, one flaming hot orange peel and a minute later? An American single malt that is dressed to impress. â€œThe quality of products you use is the essential feature of all these cocktails,â€ says Benjamin. â€œAnd quality doesnâ€™t mean expensive. Keep it craft, keep it local and keep it real!â€
Benjamin usesÂ COLKEGAN SINGLE MALT WHISKY
Surprise and delight guests with a perfectly balanced White Russian. It’s not too creamy, not too sweetâ€”and just dyingÂ to be sipped alongside Big Lebowski quotables. â€œShake with passion and vigor,â€ Benjamin recommends. Once you have a handle on the basics, Benjamin suggests going off the rails: â€œDonâ€™t be afraid to throw the rulebook out and start playing with different liquors, quantities and ingredients.â€
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PHOTO: TIM MUSHO / TEXT: ALAINA AFRICANO