Bartending/Techniques/Stirred cocktails

Book Citation: The following text on drinks and bartending contains information based on The Official Harvard Student Agencies Bartending Course, Third Edition, ISBN 0-312-25286-2

Stirred cocktails are drinks such as Martinis, Manhattans, and Gimlets. They are stronger than highballs and typically are 4 oz. (120 mL) of liquid.

Stirred cocktails can be served straight up, without ice; or on the rocks, with ice. In either case, the drink is mixed with ice and then strained; drinks on the rocks are strained into a glass with fresh ice. Stirred cocktails should be strained into a glass with a stem so that they keep cold longer, especially when served straight-up; a cocktail glass is exactly this.

Making a stirred cocktail edit

To prepare a stirred, follow the below directions.

  • Fill a 12 oz. (350 mL) shaker glass two-thirds full with ice.
  • Add ingredients from smallest to largest amount, so that if you pour in too much you don't have to discard a whole drink.
  • Stir very well.
  • Strain the drink into a serving glass. For drinks on the rocks, strain into a glass with fresh ice; for drinks straight up, strain into an empty glass.
  • Garnish as necessary.

You can add the smallest ingredient before the ice; this is recommended for drinks such as Martinis, where you have to add a very small amount of dry vermouth.

Stirred cocktails can also be prepared as shaken cocktails in many cases; this may mix the drink better, but it may also make it cloudy. Shaking can also chip or break up the ice, increasing the water content of a drink. Stirred drinks should be stirred unless the patron requests it be shaken. As a rule of thumb, drinks made entirely of clear ingredients should be stirred, while drinks containing other ingredients such as fruit juice or egg white should be shaken.

Stirred cocktails edit

Martinis edit

  • Martini
  • Dry Martini
  • Extra Dry Martini
  • Gibson
  • Vodka Martini
  • Tequini Martini
  • Black Martini
  • Chocolate Martini
  • Cosmopolitan
  • French Martini
  • Saketini