Food & Drink

Cocktail Basics Everyone Should Know: Muddle Herbs Gently, Fruits Roughly

Muddling is a matter of degrees: The idea is to get the essence of the ingredient you’re muddling into your cocktail, but the force required to do that will depend on the ingredient in question. For an herb like mint, you just want to release its aromatic oils, and that requires a relatively light touch. For fruits like lime quarters or raspberries, you can and should go all out.