Cocktail Tip of the Day: Shake It Like You Mean It

Cocktail Tip of the DayOne of the first things I notice when I sit down at a bar, after studying their menu and the bottles on the backbar, is how the bartenders shake their drinks.

With most average-quality and below bars, the tenders will give the cocktails a limpid shake, as if they’re afraid they’re going to hurt it.

Wrong! In almost all cases you want to shake the hell out of that drink. A weak, brief shake does almost nothing. A proper shake combines, dilutes, and chills — and does it fast. This is the whole point of shaking.

So stop rocking your cocktails to sleep. Shake it like you mean it!

Here is the great Japanese bartender Kazuo Uyeda showing you how.