Pouring a cocktail is more than just splashing some liquor into a glass. If you want to make a great cocktail, you need to pour with precision and technique. Here's everything you need to know about pouring cocktails like a pro.
When pouring from a bottle, you should always hold it with your thumb and first two fingers. This gives you the most control over the pour. As for the cocktail shaker, you can either hold it by the handles or by the body. If you're using a jigger, pour the liquor into the shaker first, then add your other ingredients.
Free pouring is when you pour without measuring. This takes practice and a pour spout helps immensely. The goal is to pour in a smooth, continuous stream without stopping. This pour should take about 5 seconds.
There are two main reasons to use a jigger when making cocktails. The first is accuracy. If a recipe calls for 1 ounce of liquor, you want to pour exactly that. The second reason is speed. Once you get the hang of it, using a jigger is much faster than free pouring.
Whether you're free pouring or using a jigger, always pour into the center of the shaker. This helps prevent spills and makes it easier to mix everything together.
Now that you know the basics of cocktail pouring, go out and practice! With a little bit of practice, you'll be making perfect cocktails in no time.