Master your bartending basics by learning how to stir a cocktail! Learning the proper technique for stirring will significantly improve your drinks. It's easy to conquer, simply practice your stir and follow a few tips. Why stir? Stirring helps you achieve proper dilution and chill your drink to the correct temperature. Certain ingredients are a giveaway for whether you will be shaking or stirring, for example, cocktails with just spirits, liqueurs, bitters, and syrups are always stirred. Or if it's easier to remember, clear drinks are stirred, opaque drinks (like citrus, cream, and egg cocktails) are shaken! Let's do it!