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5 drinks that are better shaken

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We all know that James Bond takes his martini shaken, not stirred, but which other drinks achieve their maximum tastiness when shaken? Certain drinks benefit from the oxidation process that comes with shaking, while others are too sensitive and can actually be ruined by shaking. To help you know when to impress your friends with the classic tumbler shake of a drink that makes you look oh-so-professional serving it up, we've compiled this list of shake-loving cocktails from around the web:

  • Margarita: This famous tequila drink gains extra sweetness and pungency from a good shake, and on top of that, a situation where margaritas are being consumed is also often a situation where people will appreciate a good festive shaking of the drinks before they're poured.
  • Gin fizz: A combination of gin, egg whites, lemon juice and simple syrup, this classic cocktail actually requires two rounds of shaking to achieve the sublime foamy layer of egg that sits on top of the drink and gives it its smoothness.
  • Caipirinha: Honor the Brazilian national cocktail by giving it the vigorous shake it needs to properly blend the lime juice and cachaca (sugar cane liquor).
  • Basil-vodka gimlet: Shaking isn't just for sweet cocktails—it also helps enhance the savory basil flavor in this blend of lime juice, basil and vodka. Let the basil sit for a few minutes before shaking to allow the flavor to permeate into the vodka.
  • Daiquiri: Combining rum and fruit juices for a tart, summery blend? You guessed it—give this cocktail (Hemingway's favorite) a good shake to blend the rum, juice and sweeteners into one coherent substance.

Of course, you can't make shaken cocktails without something to shake them in. Consider these 24-ounce stainless steel tumblers for all your entertaining needs.

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