Among craft bartending aficionados and tiki kooks, cocktails can verge on religion. And just like any religion, there are infallible rules by which all devotees must abide. If you want to mix drinks like the masters, follow these 10 cocktail making commandments.
I. Thou Shalt Not Use Sour Mix (or Pre-Bottled Citrus Juice)
Fresh citrus is always superior to the pre-bottled stuff, which has a weird, metallic, plastic taste. And while those little plastic limes may seem convenient, a little extra effort to squeeze real ones will vastly improve the quality of the final drink. Ditch the fake ingredients and prep with the fresh stuff.
II. Thou Shalt Shake Citrus and Stir Spirit-Forward Drinks
Knowing when to shake or stir a cocktail is less about memorizing recipes and more about remembering simple rules. Shake cocktails made with with citrus juices like lime or lemon to aerate and incorporate the tart, sweet and boozy elements. Stir strong, spirit-forward sippers like a Manhattan or Negroni with tender care.