Stirring a cocktail is one of the most difficult techniques to master. It takes Jedi-like training and focus to make your fingers one with the bar spoon. Most bartenders mix a stirred cocktail like a fat kid dive-bombing a kiddie pool, but the goal is to stir gracefully and silently. Relax, maintain form and don’t overwork the drink--otherwise you’ll end up with a watery Manhattan.
We’re not going to sugarcoat it—stirring is tough and only practice makes perfect. (Practice in this case means boozy drinks, though, so it’s not all bad.)
Mixing Glass (preferably chilled)