Cocktail shakers allow you to set up a professional-style bar right at home. Many have measurements marked on the outside, making it easy to portion out liquids. Some even come with guides that provide instructions for crafting mixed drinks like martinis, mojitos and margaritas.
Choosing a Cocktail Shaker
Stainless steel cocktail shakers are the traditional choice. They’re easy to clean and keep the liquids inside cold. Their silver finish makes it easy to match them to other kitchenware. For a vintage twist, choose a shaker in a copper finish. Beginners can opt for a glass cocktail shaker, which shows you how much liquid you’re mixing.
Consider some of these other popular features when selecting your cocktail shakers:
● Dishwasher safe. If you entertain often, look for mixing glasses that can be safely cleaned in the dishwasher. That way you won’t have to wash them all by hand when the party’s over.
● Serving glass. Make cleanup even easier by preparing and serving your cocktail in one glass. A double-duty shaker glass lets you pour, mix and serve a fresh cocktail without dirtying other glasses.
● Leak proof. The most important part of a drink mixer is an airtight lid that locks in place. Select a cocktail shaker with a leak-proof lid or auto-lock technology to prevent spills and messes.
● Accessories. Complement your alcohol shaker with other drink mixing tools—like jiggers, stirring spoons, an ice bucket and tongs. An all-in-one cocktail shaker set with matching accessories will give you everything you need.
Gifting Cocktail Shakers
Bar carts and cocktail shakers have become popular gifting items, especially for weddings. Choose drink shakers with witty or fun themes, like a rocket or football shape or one with rustic rope accents. Or go for a decorative style, like one embossed with metallic patterns. Complete the gift with a bartender tools set.