Master your bartending basics by learning how to shake a cocktail! Learning the proper technique for shaking will significantly improve your drinks. It's easy to conquer, simply practice your shake and follow a few tips. Why shake? Shaking a cocktail adds both aeration and dilution to the finished drink. Certain ingredients are a giveaway for whether you will be shaking or stirring, for example, cocktails with citrus are always shaken because they need the additional force to bind to the other ingredients in the drink. Let's do it!