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Possibly stupid question about ice, shaking, dilution, and volume of liquid


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To throw a log on the fire: the conventional 25% dilution tastes way too hot/sour/sweet to my palate these days. At Marvel we usually dilute 50% minimum; some shaken drinks are diluted as much as 80-90%. In other words a 90ml cocktail would measure just shy of 170ml after shaking.


Most things benefit from the addition of water. Exactly how much is personal preference. 


As a consumer, what is the impact, here? Am I getting a larger drink with the same amount of spirit? Or, a typically-sized cocktail with less alcohol?

True rye and true bourbon wake delight like any great wine...dignify man as possessing a palate that responds to them and ennoble his soul as shimmering with the response.

DeVoto, The Hour

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