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Happy Hour: Save the Ice Until Last

Earlier this week I learned a great tip from one of San Francisco's best bartenders, Marco Dionysus of Clock Bar. We were chatting about the proper way to build a drink in a cocktail shaker.

His advice is something of a no-brainer, but definitely worth mentioning: when it comes to making any drink, from a mojito to a martini, always place the ice in the shaker last. Adding the ice before you incorporate the other ingredients can severely dilute a drink. Within the time it takes to walk to your liquor cabinet and grab the vodka, the ice is already melting in the cocktail shaker. It makes perfect sense, and I hate to say it, but I've been sipping diluted drinks for years!

Do you always save the ice for last?

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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Good to know.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I've always done this...guess it just always made sense to me. I mix up my drink components and then add my ice and mix that in. It definitely cuts down on the dilution problem. You do have to be a bit careful though, because you can splash pretty easily.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 8 years
No, because I don't like to splash.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
Hence another reason why cold liquor and mixers are essential to good drinks!
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