Contrary to what James Bond might have you believe, some cocktails should be stirred rather than shaken, including 007's own beloved vodka martinis and my own favored Manhattans. The basic rule: if a drink involves fruit juices, you shake it. If not, you stir it. We have a fine stirring glass but, to this point, have made do with iced tea spoons which are not quite long enough for the job.
Bar spoons are long indeed. The one I just got is 12 inches in length. The more skillful bartenders I've watched set the tip of the spoon on the bottom of the glass, then swirl the stick. The trick in stirring, you see, is to do so without chipping the ice. The OXO SteeL Spinning Bar Spoon I've acquired has a swivel handle so one can simply set the back of the spoon against the side of the glass, then stir without having to change the grip. Observe:
And here, with the ice and booze:
Ideally, one shouldn't touch the ice at all with the spoon. That'll take some practice!
Squid on the Vine
Fratelli Antonio & Raimondo, Piemonte Dolcetto 2017
My Rating: 8.0
Fratelli Levis, Piemonte Barbera 2018
My Rating: 8.3
Starts sweet, finishes bitter.
Touch of spice