Mixing Drinks 3 Different Ways

How to Shake, Stir, and Swirl Your Cocktails Like a Pro

Bartenders make mixing drinks look easy. But if you’ve ever tried to make one at home, you know it’s not as simple as it appears. Shaking, stirring, and swirling are all important techniques that help bartenders create perfectly mixed drinks. Here’s what you need to know about each method:


Shaking is the most common way to mix cocktails. It’s also the most efficient way to mix drinks that contain both alcohol and mixer (like juice or soda). When shaking a cocktail, be sure to use plenty of ice. This will help keep your drink cold and prevent it from getting watery. Glassware can also affect how well your cocktail is mixed. It’s best to use a tall, narrow glass that can be well-shaken.


Stirring is easier than shaking because you usually stir the drink in a mixing glass and then strain into the cocktail glass.

It’s most commonly used when mixing drinks with only alcohol (e.g., martinis). If your drink contains both alcohol and mixer, you must be careful not to stir too hard or the drink will become watery. Thoroughly chill your cocktail glass before you begin. Don’t use a metal spoon when stirring because it could transfer a metallic taste to your drink. Although, this isn’t very likely when using stainless steel.


To swirl your cocktail, simply pour it into a glass and then rotate the glass in a circular motion.
This will create a whirlpool effect and help to mix the drink more evenly.
You can also add some ice to the glass before swirling to help keep your drink cold.

One thing to keep in mind when swirling cocktails is that you don’t want to overdo it.
Swirling for too long can cause the drink to become diluted and lose its flavor.
Just give the glass a few quick swirls before serving.

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