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Mar 13, 2008 09:27 AM

Shaken or stirred?

I usually alternate at home but never even get asked whenI order at a bar. Until the other night at Lucca in the North End. Decent selections of bourbons (I let the bartender pick and ended up with Buffalo Trace). But I didn't get a cherry!

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  1. Well, what was the drink? That should typically determine how it is mixed. If you ordered a Manhattan, it should be stirred.

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    1. re: sailormouth

      Uh, er, you can make something besides a Manhattan with bourbon? Who knew?

      1. re: Patricia

        I prefer mine with rye whiskey, actually. Unless the cherries are good (not the day-glo stuff), I'll usually skip it.

        In my defense, your original post didn't specify that you had ordered a Manhattan. I suppose it could have been an old fashioned or something with citrus in it.

        1. re: sailormouth

          any drink with muddling involved (such as an old fashioned) is never shaken or stirred, it's built right in the glass.

          i agree the op was unclear. i thought this thread was going to be about a different type of cocktail.

        2. re: Patricia

          Actually the authentic whiskey to use for a Manhattan is Rye. There are tons of Bourbon based cocktails.

          1. re: JMF

            Of course, but I've ordered old fashioneds and had them shaken, stirred and muddled.


      2. Traditionally, drinks made entirely with spirits are stirred, while drinks with juices or dairy products added are shaken. Shaking helps lighten the texture of the drink by introducing microscopic air bubbles. One exception is the Stinger, a mix of brandy and crème de menthe. Those are traditionally shaken despite being all spirits.

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        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          what's the one like the stinger, but with creme de cacao?

          1. re: alkapal

            I believe you're thinking of a Brandy Alexander. Big difference between the two, Brandy Alexanders have some cream added to them, Stingers don't. Incidentally, the Brandy Alexander is a descendant of the rarely seen Alexander, which is exactly the same but uses gin instead of brandy.

            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              thank you, JK! i'm trying to imagine the flavor of gin and creme de cacao!

              1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                Yes, that is definately the Brandy Alexander.

            2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              Of course it's a matter of taste. I like to shake the hell out of my martinis at home, because I personally like the small shavings of ice that slip through the strainer.