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The Ultimate Bar: Cocktail Shaker

The most important tool for the home mixologist is the cocktail shaker. If you buy only one accessory for your bar, buy this essential utensil. Cocktail shakers serve to effectively combine the elements of a drink and quickly chill the mixture before it is poured into a glass. There are two types of cocktail shakers the cobbler and the Boston. The cobbler, like the sleek shaker at left ($10.00), is the classic 3 part shaker that consists of a metal tumbler, a snug fitting lid, and a small cap that fits over the lid and covers the strainer that is built into the lid. This is most commonly used when entertaining at home. The Boston shaker, commonly found behind professional bars, has two parts: a larger metal mixing tumbler and a smaller glass tumbler that fits together to form a sealed container. A few more shakers so

The bartender's best friend, this Boston cocktail shaker has a durable glass measuring cup that will not stick and is dishwasher safe. At $45.00 it's a little more expensive than the cobbler but if you're considered an expert mixologist it's worth the splurge.

For the hostess with the mostess, who has an amazingly chic apartment, a sleek cocktail shaker is a must. I love this moderately priced ($35.00) stainless steel shaker with removeable hawthorne strainer and streamlined, flat top.

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
this stainles steel shakers are perfect for an active mixer. Ours just fell on the floor and broke into pieces, it was glass of course!
atkoester atkoester 10 years
Alton Brown did a "Good Eats" episode on cocktails - he advised the boston shaker over the cobbler and I always defer to his judgement.
snowdaytoday snowdaytoday 10 years
Great for making Cosmos!
PrissyLilBadAss PrissyLilBadAss 10 years
I've accumulated numerous cobbler shakers over the years, all given as gifts! My fav is from Williams Sonoma. The thing with shakers, is you have to find one with a perfect fitting top. Its gotta be tight enough not to leak, and loose enough that its easy to remove. Hence the Williams Sonoma shaker, it's perfection! "Party like a rock star, pound like a porn star, play like an all star!"
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