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Shaking a martini allows the ice to dilute the drink, changing the flavor. To mix it properly, give it a quick stir instead.
Think of a jigger as a measuring cup made just for pouring drinks. While some stick to counting or use shot glasses, bartending purists rely on the jigger to create a drink that's pure perfection.
A straight up drink gets chilled before serving, while one served neat comes to you at room temperature.
Tom Cruise introduced the world to flair bartending when he played Brian Flanagan in the movie "Cocktail."
Think of bitters as the bartender's spice rack. Just as a dash of salt adds flavor to a dish, bitters tie together the ingredients in a cocktail.
Proof is roughly double the alcohol by volume (ABV) of a drink, so vodka that's 40 percent ABV will be about 80 proof.
An Old Fashioned contains bitters, sugar, whiskey and water or club soda -- the classic definition of a cocktail.
Mix gin and vermouth and top it with an olive or lime wedge, and you've got yourself a classic martini.
Straight up, blended or on the rocks, tequila, triple sec and lime juice make up the perfect margarita.
The large surface area of a snifter helps brandy evaporate, while the narrow top traps the scent of the liquor inside the glass.
Bartenders rely on a muddler, a special type of pestle, to crush fruit and herbs for mojitos and other cocktails.
Stick to stirring with spirits and sparkling drinks, but give a good shake to cocktails made with creamy liquors.
Misting a drink, or serving it over crushed ice, helps to chill it more quickly than serving it over standard cubes of ice.
Named for the young actress who ruled Hollywood during the 1930s, the alcohol-free Shirley Temple consists of ginger ale and a sweet red syrup called grenadine.
When the ladies on "Sex and the City" sipped their cosmos, they enjoyed a blend of vodka, triple sec, lime and cranberry juice.
To the relief of bartenders -- and beer fans -- everywhere, the 21st Amendment made liquor legal once more, rendering both the 18th Amendment and the Volstead Act null and void.
Originally called the "Bucket of Blood" when it was introduced in 1924, a Bloody Mary consists of vodka, tomato juice and plenty of spices.
Vermouth, an aperitif wine used in many classic cocktails, is fortified with extra alcohol, making it stronger than your average bottle of wine.
The Manhattan consists of whiskey, vermouth and bitters, typically garnished with a cherry.
Despite the rise of craft beers, lager reigns supreme in the U.S.