- Refers to the technique of stirring a cocktail with ice, typically in some form of mixing glass. Cocktails are stirred when they contain only alcoholic ingredients, as opposed to non-alcoholic ingredients like fruit juice or egg whites. Stirred cocktails are usually served up in a cocktail glass, but may also be served on the rocks in certain instances.
- The Manhattan is a stirred cocktail.
- The Margarita is a shaken cocktail, and should never be stirred.
Cocktails that are built in their serving glass, like the Gin and Tonic or Highball, are sometimes referred to as “stirred” because they are stirred by the drinker using a straw or stir stick. For the sake of clarity, however, these should generally be referred to as “built.”