Instant Expert!: Cocktails from A to Z

Learn all you need to know about cocktails, including bartender basics, must-have bar tools and common drink ingredients in our A to Z cocktail and bartender guide.

Text by Rebecca Flint Marx and Stacy Adimando

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I is for Ice

Freeze this factoid in your memory: All ICE cubes are not created equal! Ice should dilute a cocktail just the right amount, so you should strategize which cubes to use based on their melting speed. The basic rules: Use large cubes (which melt slowly) in a shaker; medium cubes in a highball or Collins glass; and crushed ice in short, stout vessels (drinks served in them are often stronger and need the extra dilution).

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