Chapter 12 of 16 from Wolfgang Puck

Cocktails

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Great dining experiences call for great drinks. Learn to make four classic cocktails—berry margarita, negroni, bellini, and bloody mary. Wolfgang elevates his drinks with a unique chef’s twist that's guaranteed to please your guests.

Topics include: Berry Margarita • Negroni • Bellini • Bloody Mary

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Wolfgang Puck Teaches Cooking

In 16 lessons, learn exclusive recipes and cooking techniques from the chef behind Spago and CUT.

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Now everybody has their favorite part, and to make them their favorite drinks. Now me, as a chef, I make cocktails which are really more or less chef-driven, with ingredients right from the market. Everybody knows how to make a regular margarita. I'm going to show you how I make my margarita. I'm going to make it with blackberries and with raspberries. There are many different versions of it, so this is a new one. But we went to the market and got these fresh berries, which are so delicious. We're going to add six raspberries. And by the way, if you make cocktails at home, you need a good recipe. Cocktails are not just throwing things together. And [? pardon ?] us today, they call them mixologists, or any other fancy name, because they are really, really good at it, to mix different ingredients together. All right, so now I have my blackberries and my raspberries, and a little twist of lime in here. This is called it masher, so I'm going to mash it really well. So I'm going to make a puree right in here. So not only push it down, but I turn it, so that way you get all the good juice out of it. So you want to have a little puree in here of fresh berries. And even I can look like a professional bartender, though I must tell you, Andrew, my partner at Spago, is a champion, Whenever I go somewhere, he comes with me and he makes the cocktails. All right, so it looks good in here, like a marmalade, a little bit. Can you see in here? Let me show you with a little spoon. See that little mash of berries. All right. So now, because we're going to make a margarita, we need tequila. So we're going to add two ounces of tequila. You cannot just put tequila in or any ingredients, so you'll have to measure it. This is a jigger. If I make it totally full, it's two ounces. All right. And I am a bartender with a little heavy hand, so I got a little extra to it. All right. And now, three quarters of an ounce of lime juice. Here it is. This one is an ounce. If it's for three quarters of an ounce. And then three quarters of an ounce of simple syrup. If you like it sweeter, just add a little more. It really depends on you. So now here we go. We're going to add ice to it. You also can blend it. I'm going to fill it up. All right. I'm going to close it up. You can see it has even a strainer on top. And then we shake it. Get a good rhytm going, you can dance to it, if you'd like to. All right. All right. Here we are. Let's open it up. And now I have a nice glass here. I love the big cubes of ice. I like them much better than the little ones. Why? Because they don't melt as fast, so it doesn't make your drink watery. All right. Let's open it up. We're going to put the strainer on top. And often, if it's really a lot of fruit in it, I even strain...

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Legend has it Wolfgang Puck came up with his famous smoked salmon pizza when his restaurant ran out of bagels—and ended up changing the way America cooks. In his MasterClass, the five-time James Beard Award-winning chef behind more than 100 restaurants brings you into his kitchen. You’ll learn not only how to master starters, mains, sides, and cocktails, but also how to take risks to create memorable recipes of your own.

Join Wolfgang Puck in his test kitchen as he shows you his process for creating dishes, from pizza to dessert.

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Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck Teaches Cooking