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Erin Rosar
November 17, 2014 | Cocktails | Erin Rosar

Shaken or Stirred? How to Mix a Drink


"A medium dry Martini, lemon peel. Shaken, not stirred."
- Dr. No (1962)

Knowing how to build, blend and chill your cocktail can greatly impact how you enjoy your drink in the glass. Here are some quick Trusted Expert hints to help you know if you should be shaking or stirring your next drink.

Shake: If your cocktail is a spirit being mixed with fruit juice, cream, or eggs, then shaking is the way to go. Shaking a drink creates tiny air bubbles in the blend, giving the cocktail a frothy or creamier texture.
Examples: Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Daiquiri, Gin Fizz

Stir: Use for cocktails that are primarily spirit based with no other mix. Shaking spirit-based cocktails would lead to a more diluted and potentially cloudy drink, so a slow stir can ensure the cocktail is properly chilled without losing the full flavour impact. When stirring a cocktail, pour mixture over full cubes of ice, not chips, and stir around the edges of the cup, not across the container. Allow drink to rest with ice for 30 seconds after first stir. Stir again, strain and serve.
Examples: Martini, Rob Roy, Manhattan

Carbonated ingredients are usually added after the drink has either been shaken or stirred, though some mixologists will softly shake to increase the fizz texture in the drink.


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