If you’ve seen a Bond film, then you know exactly how agent 007 prefers his cocktail to be made.
Shaken, not stirred.
Most casual patrons may not entirely understand the differences in preparation and taste that make these two methods of creating the cocktail unique. In today’s blog, we explain the difference between shaken vs. stirred cocktails. Near the bottom, we also have a popular recipe for the classic Vesper cocktail.
Shaken Vs. Stirred: What’s the Difference?
When it comes to shaken and stirred cocktails, the main difference is in how each method changes the temperature and texture. A shaken cocktail will bring the drink to a closer ice-cold temperature, while the stirred cocktail will simply chill the mixture.
When a cocktail is shaken, the ice aerates the drink with small air bubbles, which become held in suspension with the liquid, thus giving the cocktail a very mixed and cloudy appearance. Stirring a cocktail does not allow the cocktail ice to aerate the drink, making the finished product crystal clear.
Another defining characteristic of stirred cocktails is how the amount of dilution is minimized, which allows a balanced concentration of spirits within your beverage. Shaken cocktails create a different type of balance; with more dilution, flavor and alcohol become perfectly mixed.
Which Drinks Should Be Shaken or Stirred?
Common drinks that we suggest you serve shaken include:
Mixology experts recommend that any beverage containing fruit juice, sour mix, eggs, or dairy products should be shaken.
Some drinks we recommend you serve stirred, examples include:
- Old Fashioned
In general, cocktails that require clear ingredients should be served stirred…unless you are James Bond, of course. We theorize that he enjoyed his martini at an ice-cold temperature and slightly altered texture, making his martini well balanced and perfectly diluted.
The Vesper Cocktail
To make your own Vesper, you will need:
- 3 oz. gin
- 1 oz. vodka
- .5 oz. Lillet blanc aperitif
- Lemon twist
You will mix the gin, vodka, and Lillet blanc together in a mixing glass, and while experts suggest you stir the drink together, you can certainly feel like agent 007 and shake until chilled.
To finish, you will strain the drink into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish it with a fresh lemon twist.
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