Technically Saturday: How to Roll a Drink

The term roll is bit misleading. No, you will not be getting out your rolling pin and trying to fruitlessly flatten your drink. This simple mixing technique requires only two glasses and some ice to work effectively.

Rolling, although very useful and easy to pickup, is a rarely used. It is best suited to high volume drinks served on the rocks like highballs and lowballs. This technique excels at mixing simple cocktails with two or three ingredient (think screwdriver with just orange juice and vodka) and allows for delicate mixing without the incorporation of much ice. It also prevents as much air from being forced into the drink as the technique of shaking would do.

The Steps for the perfect Roll

  1. Fill one glass with ice and the ingredients of the cocktail.
  2. Set aside another empty glass of equal or larger size.
  3. Pour the contents of the first glass into the second letting the ice flow with the liquid.
  4. Return the contents back to the original glass.
  5. Repeat as necessary

A Quick Video Overview of Rolling:

Posted in Technically Saturday, Techniques

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Nick McAfee
Nick McAfee is a student of Princeton University and is passionate about mixology. As a student with a low monthly income, he has developed ways to create simple cocktails with complex flavors from inexpensive ingredients. Learn more about Nick and Broke & Thirsty.
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