Shaken Vs Stirred, the classic cocktail question. This post will teach you how to determine which method is appropriate, what the difference is, why it matters, and how to do both properly. Knowing when to stir and when to shake is what separates a bartender from a college frat boy.
Why does Shaking vs Stirring matter?
If you are like most people you really don’t think shaking vs stirring is a real issue. I mean if James Bond likes it shaken then so should I right? Wrong, Mr. Bond may know a lot about being a spy but he clearly knows little about how to properly mix a drink. Shaking a drink mixes ingredients that normally would not combine if stirred, as well as changing the texture by aerating the drink. Stirring, on the other hand, keeps the drink “clean” and free of ice shards. A rule of thumb is if you shake a drink you should double strain it. The video above goes into a little more of the science of what actually happens when you shake vs stir a drink. The bottom line is it all comes down to how you want the drink to combine, dilute, and feel in your mouth.
When and How to Stir a Cocktail
Stirring is a gentle method of mixing a drink, it helps to keep the original texture and to not dilute the drink too quickly. You should stir drinks that are “spirit heavy”. By that, we mean drinks that are mostly liquor based. Common drinks to stir are Martinis, Manhattans, and Old Fashions.
To Stir a cocktail you will want to start by adding all of the liquid ingredients into your mixing glass. Then pour the ice (using bigger ice cubes if possible) on top of your cocktail. Stir for 30 seconds. Using an actual bar spoon will be a huge help. Finally, strain the cocktail into your glass and enjoy.
When and How to Shake a Cocktail
Shaking is a bit more technical and depending on the drink can be done a few different ways. We will go over the most common in this post. Shaking a drink will combine ingredients that normally don’t like to mix, as well it adds more water and help to dilute the drink. NEVER shake something with champagne or soft drink it! I am sure you can figure out why but if not just trust me on this and don’t try it. Almost any drink with citrus, juices, fruit, egg white or cream should be shaken. Common drinks to shake are Cosmo’s, Mai Tai’s and Sidecars.
To shake a cocktail start by adding your liquid into a glass and the ice into your shaking tin. Force the glass into the shaking tin at an angle to create a strong seal. Shake for about 15 seconds. This will give the drink enough time to mix and cool but not over-dilute the drink. Net simply remove the glass and double strain into your glass.
Congratulations you know have the basic understanding of how to properly mix a cocktail. Let us know what your favorite cocktail to make is.
As always a big thanks to www.cocktailchemistrylab.com