Layered Cocktails Made Easy

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Layered cocktails do not create new textures or flavors but make a beautiful presentation, showcase all the ingredients and could add to the drinking or eating experience as different flavors or temperatures are experienced in turns. Layered drinks have been made for a long time but this technique is still being used today in creative ways by molecular mixologists and chefs to craft fabulous cocktails and dishes.

A layered drink, also called a pousse-café, is a cocktail in which various liqueurs are used to create an array of colored layers. They have been traditionally made by carefully pouring slowly one liqueur at a time over the back of a spoon but this process requires practice, patience and takes a long time. The Cocktailmaster device was designed to make layered cocktails easy and fast for the busy bar, restaurant or at home.Cocktailmaster at work!

The Cocktailmaster has been used by molecular gastronomy chefs such as Ferran Adria and Cornelius Gallagher. With Cocktailmaster you can craft even a 7 Layer Hurricane with multiple juices and types of rum. Chef Ferran Adria has been using the Cocktailmaster to prepare incredible beverages at El Bulli such as the two-layer sangria. And the Cocktailmaster also works great to make layered soups! Chef Cornelius Gallagher has used the Cocktailmaster to make a foie gras soup layered on top of chilled mango juice. Get your Cocktailmaster from our store and create your next signature cocktail or dish.

The Cocktailmaster makes beautiful cocktail and hot beverage presentations like the B-52 shot, Tequila Sunrise, Fourth of July, Irish Coffee and Macchiato. Layered cocktails are also great to showcase all the ingredients and show the guests all the work that has gone into its preparation. In other beverages and dishes, the Cocktailmaster is used to enhance the drinking or eating experience by tasting one flavor at a time. The Princeton cocktail, for example, starts off all gin and citrus, but the port at the bottom of the glass gradually makes its way to the sip changing the flavor. The layering technique can also be used to layer liquids at different temperatures to create a distinct experience.

Cocktailmaster steps animationThe Cocktailmaster and layered drinks are based on the principle of liquid densities: sweeter liquids are heavier; drinks with higher alcohol content are lighter. To create layered cocktails, each ingredient is carefully poured into a glass or carafe starting with the densest liquid first and progressing to the least dense. If you want to change the relative densities of the liquids you are using, you just need to add sugar to increase density and add water (or alcohol) to reduce it.

M. Armand Basch, the inventor of Cocktailmaster, is an owner of a restaurant named ‘’Aux  3 Fleurs’’ (The 3 Flowers) sine 1971 in Oberhoffen sur Moder in Alsace, France.  The idea to invent the Cocktailmaster came to M. Basch on the night of November 10th 1988. He was serving during this night when he got a large order of Irish Coffees. The proper way to make this is to heat the whisky with sugar in the glass, to pour espresso coffee very delicately on top of the alcohol with the back of a spoon and finish with fresh whipped cream topping.  If you are not careful you can easily get the different ingredients mixed up and miss the presentation.

Layered cocktails

Being in the restaurant business for that long, Armand knew he had to invent something to become efficient and simplify his work. He started by studying the laws of density between types of liquids, with and without alcohol but ultimately efficiency would come by getting rid of the spoon.

He drew a sketch of was rapidly became a prototype. Like most inventions, the Cocktailmaster went thought some trial and errors and with the right materials he got the final version and patented it.

Today, M. Basch still has fun showing off his knowledge of the liquid densities and surprising his customers with special cocktails.

How the Cocktailmaster Works

Wet the floater with water and then :

1) Start with the heaviest liquid which will always be the sweetest (the liquid with the most sugar content) and pour that into the glass.

Then add the Cocktailmaster to the glass and keep it in the glass until the layers are finished. You pour the layers into The Cocktailmaster and the floater will rise as each layer is added.

2) Add the next layer which must be a liquid that is not as heavy or dense as the first layer.

3) Keep adding liquids making sure each layer is lighter (less dense) than the one beneath it.

Remove the Cocktailmaster and your drink is ready to be served.

Note: You can make any layer heavier or lighter by adding sugar, alcohol or water to it.

Densities Table

Cocktailmaster Density PrincipleThe following table has the densities of popular beverages to help you create your own layered cocktail. The table is from Miss-Charming.com .

NAME
COLOR
FLAVOR
WEIGHT
Cream
White
Milky
very light
151 Rum
Light Amber
Fire
light
Maker’s Mark Bourbon
Dark Amber
Bourbon
0.941
Hiram Walker Kirschwasser
Clear
Cherry
0.941
Dekuyper Kirschwasser
Clear
Cherry
0.941
Sauza Silver Tequila
Clear
Tequila
0.945
Jameson’s Irish Whiskey
Amber
Irish Whiskey
0.948
Rain
Clear
Vodka
0.9498
Sauza Gold Tequila
Gold
Tequila
0.95
Skyy Citrus Vodka
Clear
Lemon Vodka
0.9555
Pernod
Clear
Anise/Licorice
0.985
Ouzo
Clear
Anise/Licorice
0.984
Southern Comfort
Dark Amber
Peach Apricot
0.99337
Hiram Walker Ginger Brandy
Light Amber
Ginger Brandy
0.995
Tuaca
Amber
Vanilla Orange Caramel Brandy
1.0157
B&B
Amber
Sweet Herbal Cognac
1.0245
Dekuyper Sloe Gin
Dark Red
Sloe Berries
1.0261
Hiram Walker Peppermint Schnapps
Clear
Peppermint
1.027
Grand Marnier
Amber
Orange Cognac
1.03
Malibu
Clear
Coconut Rum
1.03
Hiram Walker Root Beer Schnapps
Brown
Root Beer
1.037
Cointreau
Clear
Orange
1.0385
Dekuyper Apricot Brandy
Dark Orange
Apricot
1.0437
Dekuyper Triple Sec
Clear
Orange
1.05
Chambord
Maroon
Black Raspberry
1.05
Lady Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur
White
White Chocolate
1.05
Baileys Irish Cream
Tan
Creamy Spiced Irish Whiskey
1.05
Irish Mist
Dark Amber
Honey Herb Whiskey
1.05
Dekuyper Blackberry Brandy
Dark Purple
Blackberry
1.0552
Campari
Red
Bitter
1.06
Benedictine
Light Amber
Herbal
1.07
Dekuyper Blue Curacao
Blue
Orange
1.0704
Dekuyper Root Beer Schnapps
Brown
Root Beer
1.0705
Drambuie
Light Amber
Heather Honey Scotch
1.08
Amaretto Di Saronno
Dark Amber
Almond
1.08
Sambuca
Clear
Anise/Licorice
1.08
Frangelico
Clear
Hazelnut
1.08
Tia Maria
Brown
Coffee
1.09
Dekuyper Anisette
Clear
Anise
1.0921
Dekuyper Melon Liqueur
Bright Green
Honeydew Melon
1.0924
Dekuyper Wildberry Schnapps
Clear
Berry
1.0894
Dekuyper Green Menthe
Dark Green
Mint
1.0885
Dekuyper Bluesberry
Clear
Blueberry
1.0863
Dekuyper Grape Pucker
Purple
Grape
1.0864
Dekuyper Banana
Yellow
Banana
1.0822
Marie Brizard Blue Curacao
Blue
Orange
1.0999
Dekuyper Coffee Liqueur
Brown
Coffee
1.189
Hiram Walker Crème de Noyaux
Red
Almond
1.148
Marie Brizard Coffee Liqueur
Brown
Coffee
1.142
Hiram Walker Crème de Banana
Yellow
Banana
1.142
Midori
Bright Green
Honeydew Melon
1.15
Kahlua
Brown
Coffee
1.152
Marie Brizard White Crème de Cacao
Clear
Chocolate
1.1602
Marie Brizard Dark Crème de Cacao
Brown
Chocolate
1.1602
Hiram Walker Crème de Cassis
Dark Red
Black Currant
1.179
DeKuyper Razzmatazz
Red
Raspberry
1.139
Marie Brizard Anisette
Clear
Anise
1.1371
Hiram Walker Dark Crème de Cacao
Brown
Chocolate
1.136
Dekuyper Buttershots Schnapps
Amber
Butterscotch
1.1225
Dekuyper White Cocoa
Clear
Chocolate
1.1204
Marie Brizard Green Crème de Menthe
Dark Green
Mint
1.1204
Marie Brizard White Crème de Menthe
Clear
Mint
1.1204
Dekuyper Cassis
Dark Red
Black Currant
1.1211
Hiram Walker Butterscotch Schnapps
Amber
Butterscotch
1.126
Galliano
Yellow
Vanilla Licorice
1.11
Dekuyper Thrilla Vanilla
Clear
French Vanilla
1.1193
Dekuyper Hot Damn
Red
Cinnamon
1.1191
Jägermeister
Black/Green
Herbal Bitter
Marie Brizard Parfait Amour
Purple
Vanilla Orange Almond
1.1163
Goldschlager
Clear w/ Gold Flakes
Cinnamon
1.1111
Dekuyper Strawberry Liqueur
Red
Strawberry
1.1005
Dekuyper Watermelon Pucker
Red
Watermelon
1.1051
Dekuyper Peachtree
Clear
Peach
1.1037
Dekuyper Mad Melon
Red
Watermelon
1.0971
Dekuyper Island Blue
Light Blue
Fruity
1.095
Dekuyper Apple Pucker
Lime Green
Sour Apple
1.0944
Dekuyper Cheri Beri Pucker
Red
Cherry
1.0937
Dekuyper Coconut Amaretto
Clear
Coconut Almond
1.0925
Grenadine
Red
Cherry/Pomegranate
Heavy

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