Shaken Drinks

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Drinks listed as “Shake with ice and strain” will form the bulk of drinks you will make, and while this is a simple procedure, there are a few points to note that will make a big difference to the quality of your drinks.

Equipment:

  • Boston Shaker or Three Piece Shaker
  • Plenty of cubed ice
  • Hawthorne strainer (optional)
  • Fine strainer (optional)

Method:

  1. Combine the ingredients to shake in the Boston glass or three piece shaker base.
  2. Fill the Boston glass or shaker base with ice (and I mean FILL).
  3. Cap the shaker with the Boston can or strainer and cap.
  4. Holding the base and top of the shaker firmly, shake vigorously up and down for 10-15 seconds, until a frost forms on the outside of the shaker.
  5. Split the Boston shaker or remove the cap of the three piece.
  6. With a Boston, place the Hawthorne strainer over the can and pour, with the three piece, pour through the built in strainer.

Options:

With the Boston shaker, if you don’t have a Hawthorne strainer you can reverse then Boston glass, placing it inside the can to retain the ice. This is handy in a busy bar!

When pouring straight up drinks, for best results pour through a regular strainer and a fine strainer or tea strainer – this will catch smaller fragments of ice and make the drink look far nicer. Fine strainers will also catch any fruit pulp or seeds in fresh fruit cocktails and give a smoother mouthfeel to the drink.

If your drink is served on the rocks (with ice) make sure you pour over a full glass of fresh ice, which will keep your drink tasting as it should for as long as possible.