Shaken or Stirred Cocktails: What Is the Difference?

Let’s start with the iconic James Bond, shall we? “Shaken, not stirred” is, of course, the iconic phrase used by James Bond when ordering his favorite beverage. It may be because research indicates that shaking a martini breaks down the ingredients better, leaving it with more antioxidants. Antioxidants can help reduce the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease, cataracts and more; and we all know that – no matter which James Bond is your favorite – he is quite a handsome picture of health! 

Okay, so let’s get into the nitty gritty. What exactly are the other differences between shaken and stirred cocktails?

If you don’t like diluted drinks, you may want your cocktail stirred, not shaken. When you shake a drink, the ice mixes more quickly with the alcohol than it does when a drink is stirred. 

It is also a belief held by some (probably James Bond himself) that if a drink is stirred, its flavor is diminished. Still others believe that shaking can “bruise” liquor, altering its taste. 

If you’re all about the chill factor, you should know that shaking and stirring cocktails are equally effective drink making methods, although stirring takes longer. So cocktails that are shaken and not stirred can result in a cold drink more quickly from your bartender. 

And then there is clarity to consider. Shaking creates air bubbles, making drinks cloudy. So if you prefer a clear drink, you will want it stirred.

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