Do you fancy yourself a mixologist? What you NEED to know about Shaken or Stirred

on 09/09/10 at 5:29 pm

Spirits

Forget about what James Bond would do — here’s what you need to know:

Cocktail shaking is a violent activity.  If you shake for around 12-15 seconds (though shaking longer won’t hurt), and if  you aren’t too lethargic, neither the type of ice you use nor your shaking style will appreciably affect the temperature or dilution of your drink. Shaking completely chills, dilutes and aerates a drink in around 15 seconds, after which the drink stops changing radically and reaches relative equilibrium. Shaking is basically insensitive to bartender-induced variables.  See my post on the Science of Shaking.

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