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Shake or Stir? The Never-ending Debate between Cocktails

Shake or Stir? The Never-ending Debate between Cocktails
Picture this – it’s a Friday night, and you just want to wind down after a long week at work. You head to your home bar, pick up your shaker, and start concocting your favorite cocktail. But then you pause and realize – should you shake it or stir it? This age-old question has been debated for years by bartenders, mixologists, and cocktail enthusiasts alike. In this blog, we’ll dive deeper into this debate and help you decide once and for all which technique to use in different situations.

First, let's talk about shaking. A cocktail shaker is the perfect tool to vigorously combine ingredients that would otherwise separate. This technique is best used for drinks that require ingredients that are hard to combine, such as citrus juices or egg whites, where shaking will ensure frothiness. Another benefit of shaking is that it introduces air to the cocktail, which can add a pleasant texture to the drink and helps in releasing aromas, essential oils, and flavors. Shaking is also great for drinks that are served “up," where it can add a silky, frothy texture.

Now onto stirring. Stirring is the classic technique for making martinis, Manhattans, and other classic cocktails. Stirring is preferable when you're working with clear spirits like gin or vodka, or when you want to create a crystal-clear drink without any frothiness. Stirring helps combine ingredients without over-diluting them, which can take away from their intended flavors. It also offers more precise control over the dilution compared to shaking, which can lead to over-dilution if left too long.

But what about drinks that require both techniques? We're talking about “broken" drinks like Negronis or Boulevardiers. In these instances, experts suggest doing both. Start with shaking – this will combine ingredients that typically separate. Then, pour the mixture into your chosen glass, fill it with ice, and then use a stirring spoon to create that silky texture that we crave in a perfect cocktail.

So there you have it – the never-ending debate of shaking versus stirring. Whether you go for shaking or stirring depends on what kind of cocktail you're making, what ingredients you're using, and what texture or viscosity you're going for. Remember, your goal is to create the perfect cocktail that's tailor-made for your taste. So experiment, have fun, and don't forget to enjoy responsibly. Cheers!


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