Cocktail Tips & Techniques P. 2: Shaken

This week, we're sharing our shaken cocktail tips from our class during Feast Portland at the Multnomah Whiskey Library.

Shaken Cocktail Tips from co-founder Lucas Plant

  1. Shaking a cocktail should be done vigorously. It will aerate, dilute, and incorporate all ingredients. Try a 10 second standard shake, or shaking until your tins get frosty on the exterior.

  2. A good rule of thumb is shake when you have citrus and egg white in your cocktail. Save spirit forward cocktails for stirring.    

  3. Fill your 18 oz tin to the top with ice. Note: We recommend against using a pint glass when shaking because of breakage. Try these 18 oz and 28 oz tins.

  4. Make sure you have an adequate seal on your tins so they don’t break open mid-shake. Then, when unlocking the seal, gently squeeze one side to release.

  5. You might see recipes call for double straining. This is when you strain your shaken cocktail through a hawthorne and fine mesh strainer. Double strain when you want to remove ice chips and any excess pulp from your cocktail. We find that this tends to be a personal preference, so experiment on your own to see what you like.

Put these tips to work by shaking up one of the most iconic drinks of all time: the daiquiri. 

Photo by Carly Diaz

Photo by Carly Diaz

Daiquiri by Lucas Plant, Bull in China

  • 2 oz Silver Rum (we used Ron Cartavio)
  • .75 oz fresh lime juice
  • .50 2:1 cane syrup
  • Barspoon of Lazaronni Amaretto

Add all ingredients into a shaker tin. Add ice and shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe and enjoy! 

Cocktail Tips & Techniques P. 1: Stirring

This past week was Feast Portland, and we had the pleasure of hosting hands-on class at the Multnomah Whiskey Library with their head of curation, Jordan Felix. The class covered cocktail technique, focusing on three different stations: Built (think juleps), Shaken and Stirred.

Now that Feast is over, we wanted to share some of our class tips and recipes with you all. First up: Stirred.

Stirring Tips from Bull in China co-founder, Daniel Osborne

1.    In general, stirring as a technique is put in to practice when a specific drink consists of ingredients that are all spirit. It allows for more care to be taken to achieve the gentle balance of correct temperature and dilution. 

2.    There is no right or wrong bar spoon. Find the design that is the most comfortable for you personally. You can check out a variety of options that we sell on our website here.

3.    Always stir clockwise with your right hand, and counter-clockwise with your left hand. This allows for a more fluid and graceful movement.

4.    Fill your mixing glass with as much ice as possible, without it shooting out of the glass while stirring. More ice = more chill. Also, this will ensure your julep strainer has something substantial to rest on while straining your cocktail.

5.    Much like how different types and cuts of meat cook differently, and the ovens, grills, pots or pans play a roll in the desired outcome in cooking, so is the same with cocktail ingredients and the quality of ice you use. 

Put these tips to practice and stir up Daniel's Manhattan twist. 

Photo by Carly Diaz

Hard Bargain by Daniel Osborne, Bull in China

  • 2 oz Buffalo Trace Bourbon 
  • 1 oz L'Afrique Vermouth
  • 2 Dashes Aromatic Bitters (we love Portland Bitters Project)

Add ingredients into a mixing glass, and add ice. Stir for 10-15 seconds and strain into a chilled rocks or coupe. Garnish with an orange peel.