How to Pour a Float of Liquid in a Cocktail

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When a recipe calls for a “float” of a spirit or syrup, it means you should slowly pour the ingredient on top of a drink, creating a show-stopping layered effect or a flammable garnish. Here, the best way to pour a float of liquid for a cocktail.


Bar spoon

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Step One

Mix the drink according to the recipe and prepare it in a glass.

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Step Two

Using your dominant hand, hold a bar spoon over the top of the glass so that the convex back of the spoon faces upwards and the concave part of the spoon curves downward into the glass. A slim bar spoon is ideal, but a small teaspoon will work for most glasses as well.  

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Step Three

Using your non-dominant hand, pour the floated ingredient slowly over the back of the bar spoon so that it trickles off the spoon onto the drink.

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Step Four

Remove the spoon and wait for the liquor to settle into place before serving.