When Should You Shake Versus Stir Your Cocktail?

A. J. Rathbun, author of CHOW-approved cocktail books Good Spirits and Luscious Liqueurs, speaks truth to power: Stir cocktails that you want to stay clear. Shaking will make your drink colder and better mixed, but it will leave you with a cloudier result. Rathbun’s most recent book is Dark Spirits.

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