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Stirrer or no stirrer?

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I always put a stirrer in a cocktail that comes in a rocks (lowball, old-fashioned) glass. Tonight someone told me not to put a stirrer in single spirit drinks i.e. vodka rocks. When I asked why he said because there isn't a reason to stir without another ingredient. I can think of a few reasons you might want a stirrer in your vodka rocks... to chill your drink faster, to melt your ice into water faster and the interaction between you the ice and the spirit (habit). I know I'm over thinking this small detail but I'd like any insight you might have.

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  1. I agree with you. I'd rather have a stirrer, than have to use my finger.

    1. Yeah, if they want to stir then there is something there, if not - they take it out. No problemo.

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      1. re: Steve_K

        That is what I thought. Seems simple enough. I also think a drink with a mixer is already mixed, the stirrer isn't a tool for the customer to finish the job the bartender started.