Anyone who’s ever stepped foot into a bar knows the unmistakable sound of a cocktail shaker. The percussive, locomotive-like sound signals that you’re just a few moments away from enjoying a refreshing drink that’s been handcrafted for you. That shake and, more importantly, the cocktail it presages don’t have to be limited to your favorite bar. A cocktail shaker can be the perfect way to elevate your cocktails from home.
Shaking helps to better mix, dilute and chill your drink and that, in turn, leads to an overall better cocktail. With these factors in mind, here are four shakers that will instantly make your drinks taste better while bringing the bar experience that much closer to home.
1. BrüMate Cocktail Shaker
Cocktail shakers can be messy. BrüMate’s shaker is triple-insulated so you don’t have to worry about condensation making it slippery, while its leak-proof top makes sure your drink stays inside where it belongs. But the top isn’t just leak-proof, it’s also shatter-proof so you won’t have to replace it if the shaker takes a tumble. If that wasn’t enough, it also doubles as a tumbler if you find yourself short a glass or want to test your drink before pouring.
2. Cresimo 4-Piece Cocktail Shaker Set
There’s nothing worse than buying a product and realizing that you actually don’t have everything you need to make it function properly. But that’s not a concern with this cocktail shaker from Cresimo; it actually goes above and beyond to provide some extra features for cocktail making. Included is a separate Hawthorne strainer that perfectly fits the shaker itself (eliminating the risk of a mess from a mismatched strainer and shaker), as well as a jigger to measure out ingredients. Plus, the two shaker elements create a tight vacuum seal to ensure nothing is wasted.
3. OXO Steel Cocktail Shaker
A fast and easy way to get started making your own cocktails at home is to invest in a quality shaker like this version from OXO. The shaker is great for beginners who want to get some quality reps in with something that’s sturdy. With a double-wall construction and non-slip grip, you won’t need to worry about the shaker getting too cold or slipping out of your hands while you’re using it. Plus, at 18 oz, there’s plenty of room inside the shaker for you to make several drinks at a time, making it a go-to option for entertaining. So, polish up your skills and you’ll be showing off in no time.
4. Godinger Cocktail Shaker
Godinger’s cocktail shaker is a traditional cocktail shaker that includes the cap strainer, but what it lacks in vacuum-sealing ability, it makes up for in good looks. A combination of both silver and crystal, the shaker itself will look just as elegant sitting on your bar cart as it will while you’re using it. The etched detailing makes for a real showstopper of a piece. And, with a 17 oz capacity, it’s a great shaker to break out at parties, as it’s capable of holding—and making—larger batches of drinks.