What Is A Press Drink and How to Make It?

A press drink is a kind of cocktail made from simple and fewer ingredients. A raspberry press cocktail, for example, is a refreshing summer drink. To make it well, you will need ingredients like raspberry vodka, club soda, and a lime wedge.

Other press drinks like a Gentlemen’s press or Vodka Press also use fewer ingredients. It’s a simple, quick, and sharp cocktail recipe to make at home. And it’s easily one of the most popular drinks in bars.

Having said that, press drinks use a cocktail-mixing technique that takes a while to master. That technique is known as rolling.

Let’s talk a bit more about this technique below.

How to Properly “Roll” A Press Drink?

In layman’s terms, this is commonly referred to as shaking a cocktail. You’ve seen bartenders do this in movies. You can use a cocktail shaker or two tall glasses to do this.

For a press drink, the drink is supposed to add all the ingredients into a highball glass. Fill it with ice and roll or pour the drink back into a cocktail shaker. Pour it again back into the highball glass and serve with a lime wedge or other garnish.

This may sound simple to some of you. But if you’re a beginner, spilling a few drops while pouring is possible. But that’s nothing a consistent practice won’t fix.

Shaking is a basic bartending technique. And learning how to do this well can improve your press drink-making skills.

Rolling a drink is quite easy. Even for a beginner to practice, it should not take more than 2 minutes to do.

Here’s the proper way to shake a cocktail before serving. To better explain this technique, let’s write down the recipe for a raspberry press cocktail.


  • 2 oz of raspberry vodka
  • A splash of club soda
  • A splash of sprite
  • Lime wedge as garnish


  1. Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass or a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill up the empty portion of the glass with ice cubes or crushed ice.
  3. Roll or shake all the contents in the glass to mix.
  4. Pour it into a serving glass and add a lime wedge for garnish.


While this is a basic cocktail shaking technique, it takes a while to completely master a press drink. You may get the ingredients right each time. But the rolling technique takes a while to get good at.

Having said that, it’s important to make press drinks consistently. You can use a cocktail shaker to make things easier for you. Pouring drinks for a press drink is good and easy. Make sure you have a firm grip over the glass to avoid spilling.

If you are using a three-piece shaker, it’s important to place your index finger on the lid. This keeps the lid in place and gives you a better grip at pouring drinks into other glasses. There are different ways of making a press drink. But there’s only one way of acing it.

Ask any bartender; they’ll tell you that making a press drink, you have to make sure the drink is chilled and has a unified flavor. Once you’ve got that, you have your press drink ready to serve or sip!

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