There are three techniques for making a cocktail: building, shaking, and stirring. It’s important to know when to use which method.

Building a cocktail is the easiest method. Start by adding ice to the serving glass (if needed), then measure the ingredients one-by-one and pour them over the ice. Sometimes a quick stir is needed to incorate the ingredients together. Finally, top with the garnish, if the drink has one.

Highball drinks are built, such as Jack & Coke, Seven & Seven, and Gin & Tonic. A handful of other cocktails are typically built as well, including the Old Fashioned.

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