Shaking a drink is an important part of the cocktail-making process that can affect both the taste and texture of the final product. There are many reasons for using this technique, either to mix well the ingredients—specially the ones with thicker sweeteners—, but also to chill and dilute the ice—remember that freezing daiquiri?—, and to create texture—such as the delicious foam of the whiskey sour. Whatever the reason you need to shake your cocktail, mixologist Ally Marrone shows you everything you need to know about the proper way to do it!
Fill the smaller tin of a cocktail shaker with ice cubes
Fit with the larger tin and press to close. One side of the shakers must form a straight line between both tins to make sure the seal is tight. Turn the shaker over
Hold both tins by each end. Avoid grabbing them by their sides
Make back and forth circular motions for about 30s. You should hear the ice cubes hitting all ends of the tin
Hold the shaker with the smaller tin on top. Give a light knock on the intersection to open the shaker. The cocktail is properly shaken. Enjoy!
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