Shaken or Stirred? That is the Question
If you have ever watched a James Bond movie, you probably know that he wants his martini shaken, not stirred. But just because he wants it that way does not mean that you have to choose that way. So which way is better and which do you prefer?
Why You Should Want Some Drinks Stirred
If you have a drink that is made of all spirits, like a martini, you want it stirred. A spirit is any unsweetened distilled alcoholic beverage and examples of this would be vodka, whiskey, brandy, tequila, and gin. The reason you do not need to shake them is because spirits are mostly all equal in density which means that if you want to properly combine them, all you have to do is stir them together. There is no need to have it shaken to get everything mixed well together.
The Argument for Shaking
Just because you can mix spirits well together with a spoon doesn’t mean you can’t have it shaken instead of stirred. There is an argument for having it shaken as well. Some say that if you shake spirits to mix them together, the process will actually better remove any volatile organic compounds from the alcohol. This is done because the air in the shaker will actually oxidize any organic compounds that may be present and that can impact the taste. For example, if you are using lower grade spirits, you may want to shake them in order to lessen some of the bad aftertastes that can come as a result.
In the end, it really is all about preference because each way can impact the taste. You want to make sure everything is blended well together so that every sip is the same but how you get there is really up to you. When you order your spirit drinks, like a martini, we recommend trying it both ways to see which one is more appealing to you and which one tastes better as a result. You may be very surprised with the result.