Shaken...or stirred? A good rule of thumb to follow is shake drinks with juice and/or other fruity liqueurs. Think margarita, daiquiri, cosmo. Shaking has a few important functions:
- adding texture (via tiny air bubbles and sometimes egg white)
How you shake is less important, just that you do for a solid 10 seconds or so. You don't have to be Tom Cruise in Cocktail, just make it happen.
There are two basic shaker types - Boston and Cobbler. (There is another called a Parisian, but unless you're Martha Stewart you can get by with one of the others.) The Boston shaker uses 2 shaking cups and has no strainer. The Cobbler uses 1 cup an has a strainer with a lid. The Cobbler tends to be easier to use; the Boston tends to be the one the pros use.
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake for 10 seconds. Strain and pour into prepared glass.
Perfect With These Products
- Uno Mas - margarita, paloma
- Like Totally Awesome - cosmo
If you want to nerd out on the differences between the shakers, check out this A Bar Above video.