SHAKE IT UP: TOP COCKTAIL TIPS
Can’t remember if it’s shaken not stirred or stirred not shaken? It’s high time you learned the art of cocktail making, especially now that holiday season is here. For the best tips and techniques, we turned to beverage manager Matija Rajak, the gifted mixologist at the helm of Ascent Lounge New York, part of The Restaurant and Bar Collection at New York’s Time Warner Center. With these tricks of the trade, you’ll be making drinks like a pro in no time.
What is Ascent Lounge’s signature cocktail?
Our Smoked Old Fashioned is one of the new cocktails on the menu. It’s more of an event than a drink. We infuse 15-year aged bourbon with roasted pistachio, maple syrup aged in a bourbon barrel, Angostura bitters, and Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters. Then we smoke it with apple wood and garnish it with a dehydrated orange and cherries. This cocktail arrives covered in a glass dome containing smoke that is memorably released when served.
Is technique important?
Yes, and it’s important to remember that every drink has its own special technique. To give you an example: With a classic sour drink that uses egg whites, you need to shake it twice or use a small blender. A gin martini is meant to be stirred, and you need to know exactly how to stir and how long to stir.