You’ve probably heard that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Well, whether you’re looking to woo your special someone or just have a night in with some friends, cocktails are an excellent way to do so. In addition to being fun and entertaining, drinking alcohol is one of the most effective ways of increasing our levels of the feel-good neurotransmitter dopamine.
This makes sense; after all, alcohol is essentially made up of . . . well, everything we love and want in life! As a result, drinking cocktails can make us happier—and this is true for everyone from social drinkers who want to enjoy a few drinks with their friends and family, to those trying to improve their emotional well-being or even individuals who struggle with anxiety or depression disorder due as to how it affects their mood.
Therefore, in this article we will take a look at five different types of shaken cocktails that are perfect for getting your party started on any given evening:
Shaken Violet Martini
This is one of the most classic of all cocktails and is ideal for any occasion. The key to this cocktail is the violet liquor, which when combined with gin, creates a delicate and sophisticated drink. Since violets are known to lower blood pressure, this drink is also beneficial for those with hypertension or high blood pressure. Moreover, to enhance the flavour, a bit of violet liquor is added to the shaker when making the martini.
Unlike many other martini recipes, the Violet Martini does not require you to use ice. Instead, the violet liquor is chilled and the gin is poured over it. The result is a cooler and more refreshing drink. You can garnish the Violet Martini with some olives or a slice of apple if you like, but that’s optional.
Shaken Strawberry Daiquiri
The strawberry daiquiri is one of the most popular drinks on the planet. What sets this combination apart from other strawberry cocktails is that it is made with rum rather than vodka. This gives it a distinct flavour that is hard to replicate with other ingredients.
When making this drink, make sure to use fresh strawberries rather than frozen ones as the fresh strawberries will give the daiquiri a more authentic flavour. On top of that, make sure to shake the drink vigorously so that the strawberry seeds do not end up in your glass.
Shaken Whiskey Sour
The whiskey sour is one of those classic cocktails that has been around since the early days of the bar. This drink is one of the easiest ones to make and is a foolproof way to start a party. All you have to do is mix some whiskey with lemon juice, sugar and ice, shake everything well and then pour it into a glass.
This drink is also a great way to learn how to make a classic cocktail. Whilst whiskey is often used in this drink, rum or bourbon can be used as well. It is also important to remember that the longer the whiskey sits in the lemon juice the better it is. This is because the whiskey has then had time to infuse the juice with the flavours of the barrels it was stored in.
Shaken Blue Curacao Cocktail
Blue Curacao is a liqueur that is mainly used in shaken cocktails. What makes it one of the best-shaken cocktails, however, is that it is both sweet and sour, making it a great match for many other alcoholic drinks. This liqueur is a popular choice among many bartenders as it is not only delicious but also blends well with many other classic cocktails.
The best part about blue curacao is that it can be found in most stores and is also quite affordable. However, if you would like to make your homemade version, you can easily do so using this recipe.
Shaken Bloody Mary
Bloody Marys are one of the most classic and well-known drinks in the world. They are alcoholic versions of a spicy Bloody Mary and are extremely easy to make. The key to this drink is using spicy tomato juice or better yet, salsa. This will bring out the flavours of the cocktail.
On top of using tomato juice, it is also important to make sure that you use high-quality tomato juice as the cheap ones taste too vinegary and don’t complement the drink well enough. After you make your bloody mary, you can garnish it with some olives, pomegranate seeds or even a few fresh leaves if you would like.
As you can see, there are plenty of ways to get your drink on and ensure that you have a good time with your friends and family. Whether you are looking to impress your special someone or just want to have a good time with some friends, these shaken cocktails are the perfect way to do so.
If you are having a hard time picking out which one to make, however, don’t worry as these five shaken cocktails should be more than enough to get you started. From the classic Violet Martini to the spicy Whiskey Sour, these shaken cocktails are perfect for any occasion. So, make sure to grab a bottle of your favourite spirit, mix up a few cocktails, and have some fun this summer!