1. Refers to the technique of making a cocktail directly in its serving glass. Usually, drinks are considered “built” when their ingredients are added to the serving glass one at a time, and served with no further mixing by the bartender (though they may receive some light stirring before being served). Built cocktails are typically served on the rocks, and often contain carbonated ingredients or other ingredients that don’t hold up well to vigorous mixing.


  • The Gin and Tonic is a built cocktail, and is neither shaken nor stirred.
  • The Cosmopolitan is a shaken cocktail, and will not mix properly if it is built directly in the serving glass.