12 best bartending techniques according to Spin & Shake

by James Stevenson

Cocktail and wine lovers like to become a home bartender when they throw a party on any occasion. Although you are not a professional bartender, it is fun to learn the bartending techniques. You can whip up new concoctions and classic cocktails like a highly trained bartender.

It takes dedication and passion to learn the way of making drinks. When you have an interest in preparing drinks at your home and any other place, you can acquire some basic bartending skills.

Have a glance at the list of most popular bartending techniques.

, 12 best bartending techniques according to Spin & Shake

Shaking your drinks

When do you need to shake cocktails? When you think of drinking fruit juices and syrups, you can shake them. Moreover, shaking is one of the best ways of blending your non-carbonated drinks (Whiskey Sours and Mojitos). You can use a 3-part shaker with an integrated strainer. It is better to choose a shaker that holds a large amount of ice. Some shakers have lids and look like tin cups. Dry shaking is a technique to turn out a thick foam with egg whites, cream, and other ingredients.


You know that shaking is the perfect choice for your fruity cocktails. However, other drinks, like Martini and Manhattan, must be stirred. You can take a spoon for stirring purposes. But, it is essential to take a long bar spoon, as the ordinary spoon cannot break off the ice shards. You may use a vessel, shaker, and glass for stirring your drinks. Stir your drink for 20 to 30 seconds. Enjoy the diluted drink on any occasion.

Cocktail ingredient measurement

One of the best tips for preparing high-quality cocktails is to know the way of measuring its ingredients. Small cups, known as jiggers, are the best tools to measure your cocktail ingredients. However, you must learn the technique of using the jigger. It will ensure that you have made consistent drinks.

Double Straining

When you have muddled your cocktail ingredients, you can add and shake whole spices. Double straining is the process to ensure that you will have a clear result. There will be no floating particles by double straining the cocktail.

It is one of the basic bartending tricks, for which you may use a julep strainer. You can filter the drink twice before pouring it into the glass.

The julep strainer works best with the Japanese and Boston mixing glass. Similarly, the hawthorn strainer is the right choice for double straining purposes. You can use the double straining process for Aviation, Margarita, and Cosmo.

, 12 best bartending techniques according to Spin & Shake

Glassware Chilling-

You do not need special skills to learn it. You can simply know the reason and technique for doing it. The reason for chilling glassware is that it lets you enjoy cool cocktails. When you have not added ice blocks to your drink, you may choose glassware frosting as an option.

You have 2 ways of chilling your glassware. Store the glassware in your freezer to make the glass cool. However, when your bar’s freezer has no space to store it, you have another option.

Fill the glass with water and ice before preparing the cocktail. While you are shaking the drink, your glass will become cool. You can then throw away the ice.


Do you need to crush some ingredients to take out flavors and juices? Then, you have to choose to muddle, one of the cocktail making techniques. It enables you to crush soft fruits, ginger, and other spices.

You have to use a long stick (known as a muddler) to muddle your cocktail ingredients. Hold the muddler, put in the ingredients, and find the juice. Muddling is essential to prepare Capriniha and Mojito.


Sweetening is one of the popular bartender techniques, as you need to add sugar syrups to your drinks. Raw sugar can take time to dissolve. The ratio of sugar to water in any syrup is 1:1. You can heat it up in a pan until the dissolution of sugar. Leave it to cool and prepare your flavored syrup by adding spices and fruits.


Rolling is something similar to stirring and shaking. It is a more thorough blending of ingredients. However, you need to do it in a gentle way. You have to mix ingredients properly without over diluting the drink. You can then pour it from one glass to another. Repeat it more than 5 times to make your cocktail ready to serve.

, 12 best bartending techniques according to Spin & Shake


It is one of the bartending techniques, which is very easy to achieve. You may take some mint leaf, basil leaf, and other greeneries. Then, bash those leaves using your hands. It will help you to take oil off the leaves. You will have a fragrant garnish with your drinks.

Sugared and salted rims

Do you like to make your glass rims visually attractive? You can then prefer salt and sugar encrusted rims that add flavor and make them visually pleasing. It is one of the best ways to add grapefruit juice and other bitter ingredients. Take a citrus piece and place it around the glass edge. Fill it with sugar and celery salt.


It is another technique, with which you have to pour liquids of different colors. It will be easy to separate the liquids. You can find this technique applied for the Pousse-cafe cocktail. This Pousse-café cocktail is an after-dinner drink prepared with different liquors.

Based on the density of every liquid, you can choose the order of layering liquids. The liquid that has a higher amount of sugar is heavier. Similarly, a liquid with more alcohol is much lighter.


Professional bartenders choose citrus fruits, like oranges for this technique. By using a knife, you can cut out a part of the orange peel. You may place the peel above the drink and then light your lighter in front of it. It will help you to squeeze the flammable oil.

Have you now understood the bartending techniques? You need to learn them properly. You can hire a bartender and let him serve the drink in the best way.