Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Saturday Saloon

Shaken not stirred.

Many cocktail recipes call for the ingredients to be shaken using a cocktail shaker. Of all the cocktail preparations, shaking is by far the most enjoyable and entertaining for you and your guests. Shaking is a simple technique that, with a little practice and by following a few tips, you'll master in no time. Once you get your personal shaking style down your cocktails will emerge crisp, cool and concentrated.

Here's How:

1. Place ice cubes in the shaker first. This will chill the shaker and cool the liquids as you add them.

2. Use 5-6 ice cubes for one drink.

3. When making two drinks at once use less ice to make room in the shaker.

4. Don't overfill the shaker. Give the ingredients plenty of room to move around.

5. Shake most drinks vigorously to a slow count of ten.

6. Shake drinks longer and harder that have many ingredients or ingredients that don't mix well such as eggs or cream.

7. Shake to a rhythm. Hum a tune and shake to the beat.

8. Shake frozen or blended drinks like daiquiris and coladas with crushed ice.

9. Don't add fruit to the shaker. Instead add it to the glass after straining.

What You Need

•Cocktail Shaker

•Ice Cubes

•Spirits, Liqueurs and Mixers as called for in the recipe

•Strainer (If using a Boston Shaker)


Now that you have your shaker skillz, down it’s time to test your work.



1 oz vodka
1/2 oz triple sec
1/2 oz Rose's® lime juice
1/2 oz cranberry juice

Shake vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice vigorously in a shaker with ice. Strain into a martini glass, garnish with a lime wedge on the rim, and serve.


Olive Martini

1 oz dry gin
1 oz sweet vermouth
1 oz olive juice

Pour the dry gin, sweet vermouth and olive brine into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and serve.



Shaker Drink

1 1/2 oz tequila
3 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/2 tsp grenadine syrup

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve.

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