What Are the Basic Rules of Mixology?


There’s a lot to love about a great cocktail. Unfortunately, it can sometimes feel both intimidating and overwhelming. Are there basic rules of mixology? Absolutely, and at Middleton Mixology, we’re sharing a few things to keep in mind in today’s post.

someone making a simple drink

Try the Classics First

Mixology can get confusing quickly. Our advice? Start with the classics. Even a simple highball can do the trick, and it’s a great place to start for those just looking into the craft. So what goes in a highball? Any two ingredients you like, as long as one is alcohol. Classic highballs include whiskey and soda, champagne and orange juice, or gin and tonic. Master the art of two ingredients, then tackle the rest!

someone using a bartender set to make a drink

Order a Cocktail Bar Set

When you’re just getting started, cocktail bar sets can be a smart investment. Sometimes also known as bartender sets, mixology sets, or mixologist kits, these come in a wide variety of different configurations. Your best bet is to choose a style that sounds appealing to you and give it a try. When you’re first starting out, experimentation is a necessity.

a bottle of whiskey

Choose Quality Alcohol

In this day and age, selecting a great alcohol to use as the base of your mixology has never been easier. There’s something for every taste and every budget, and finding the right alcohol can start with a quick Google search. Be sure to read reviews, ask for recommendations at your local liquor store, or see what your friends like. As we mentioned above, trying new things is a must!

a steaming drink

Start Getting Creative

Once you have a handle on the basics (or even if you don’t!), it’s time to start getting creative. When it comes to mixology, there are plenty of routes to take. At Middleton Mixology, we think smoked cocktails are truly special, and that’s why we offer a number of mixology sets to help you get started off right. 

If you’re looking for a whiskey smoker so you can make smoked cocktails, look no further than MIddleton Mixology. There’s a big world of drinks to explore, and there’s no better way to do it than experimentation.