Ice ice maybe

Ice in cocktail glasses – don’t get me started!

This really is one you shouldn’t try at home! Don’t put ice in the glass – that’s what a cocktail shaker is for! Honestly it really gets my goat when the barman gives you an oversized glass, and then half fills it with ice, before pouring your cocktail. All you end up with after a few minutes is a glass of watery something – a bit like a lolly.  And they only do it so that you get a generous looking drink and they can charge you £10 for it! Or £15 or so if you’re in London. Pah!

Cosmopolitan martinis and cocktail shaker, on white background.
Cosmopolitan martinis and cocktail shaker, on white background.

Instead the ice should stay in the shaker – so your drink is cold but it will keep it’s flavour until you’ve finished it. Simples!

Alternatively, if you want a cold glass you can always put a bit of ice in your glass first, before mixing your drink. Or even easier – if you have a Smug fridge (or something similar) why not simply put the glasses in the fridge 15 minutes before you want to use them.

The only other time we’re ok with ice in your drink is if you’re mixing up something a bit spirity, like a Sicilian Kiss, or a Rusty Nail, or my brandy, pear vodka & pear syrup offering the Cote d’Azur : then a little crushed ice works fine.

But no ice in your cocktail otherwise – right ?!

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