What’s the Best Order of Cocktail Ingredients?

A. J. Rathbun, author of CHOW-approved cocktail books Good Spirits and Luscious Liqueurs, shares the proper order of ingredients for making a cocktail: Start with ice. Add your base alcohol, then any secondary liqueurs, then your juice or mixers. Rathbun’s most recent book is Dark Spirits.

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