James’ Gin Gems Number 4 – James’ Cocktail Shakin’ Gems

James’ Cocktail Shakin’ Gems

  • Add plenty of ice to the shaker.
  • Measure your ingredients.
  • For cocktails served “up” (without ice), chill your glasses in the freezer first.
  • Don’t use the same ice twice. If you’re straining a drink from a cocktail shaker into a glass filled with ice, use fresh ice, not the ice from the shaker; the same is true for stirred cocktails. And if you’re making a second round, use fresh ice.
  • With lemon or orange twists for garnish, try to remove only the outermost skin portion of the peel without the pulpy white part, which can be bitter.

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