Use a shaker when you have more mixer than spirit. Thicker ingredients such as syrups and cream liqueurs can also mix inconsistently – so they should be shaken. Shaking with ice is a good way to cool down a drink and dilute it for perfect balance. Our favourite shaken cocktail? Why, the Tom Collins!
MAKES 1 // COOKING TIME 5 mins
1 shot gin
1 lemon, ½ juiced, ½ cut into wedges
2 tsp caster sugar
2 shots soda water
Cherries, to serve
1. Place ice in a shaker. Add gin, lemon juice and sugar.
2. Top with soda water and shake.
3. Pour into a highball glass. Garnish the drink with a lemon wedge and a cherry.