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    Shopping Guide for Best Cocktail Shakers

    Whether your drink is a martini (shaken, not stirred), a manhattan, or a mint julep, you'll need a cocktail shaker if you want to enjoy it at home. The world of cocktails can seem a bit baffling to an outsider, but once you know your cobbler from your cointreau, you'll realize you don't have to be a professional bartender to make a decent daiquiri.

    But how do you find the best cocktail shaker to make your dreams a reality? If you need some assistance, you're in the right place.

    At BestReviews, our mission is to help people find products that fit their needs. With a combination of product testing and consumer interviews, we fulfill this mission with each of our shopping guides and product recommendation matrices.

    Read on for our guide to cocktail shakers. When you’re ready to make a purchase, head to the top of the page to see our five preferred cocktail shakers.

    Shaking your cocktail ingredients with ice not only chills them but also dilutes the drink to make it more palatable.

    Types of Cocktail Shakers


    Boston Shaker

    A Boston shaker is comprised of two parts: a tin and a glass. Professional bartenders typically favor Boston shakers.

    • Pros: Easy to clean, plenty of inexpensive options available, compact to store, looks impressive once you know how to use it properly.

    • Cons: Breakable glass portion, harder to use than a cobbler shaker, requires a separate strainer.

    • Price: Usually between $10 and $50.


    Cobbler Shaker

    Cobbler shakers are also known as three-piece shakers, as they're made up of three parts: a tin, a strainer, and a lid.

    • Pros: Easy to use, no need for a separate strainer, readily available in most stores that sell housewares, offered in a wide range of sizes, stylish.

    • Cons: Built-in strainer can be tricky to clean, sometimes hard to open, slower to use than Boston shakers.

    • Price: Roughly $15 to $50 for an average model; high-end options can cost $100 to $200.


    Parisian Shaker

    A Parisian shaker, or "French Shaker," is somewhere between a Boston and a Cobbler. It looks similar to a Cobbler shaker with a tightly fitting metal top and bottom, but like a Boston strainer, it only has a two-part construction. In the U.S., Parisian shakers aren't particularly common.

    • Pros: Attractive, easier to open than a Cobbler shaker, easy to clean.

    • Cons: Hard to find, requires a separate strainer.

    • Price: Anywhere between $20 and $100, depending on the quality.


    Avoid Cobbler shakers that have a curved lip around the strainer, as this can cause drips and is more awkward to clean.




    Cocktail shakers come in a range of sizes, usually measured in ounces. Small shakers of eight or 10 ounces are designed to make a single drink; 60-ounce shakers are designed for service at a large party.

    Think about how many drinks you generally want to make and choose accordingly. If you're unsure, we recommend a 24-ounce model, since you can make two to three drinks in it, yet it's still a manageable size for most people.

    Stainless-steel cocktail shakers can get very cold very quickly when mixing drinks.



    Consider the weight of your chosen cocktail shaker, and make sure it's not too heavy for you. This is especially important if you plan to do showy tricks while mixing drinks. That said, a slightly heavier weight can be a good thing. Some Boston cocktail shakers have weighted tins which can improve the seal between the tin and the glass, making leakage less likely. Some people also find it's easier to perform tin stalls and spins with a weighted shaker.



    The majority of cocktail shakers are made from metal – usually stainless steel since it's easy to clean and doesn't rust. However, some cheaper models are made from plastic. Boston shakers usually have a metal tin and a smaller glass that fits inside, but some models use a smaller second tin in place of the glass.

    Some cocktail shakers are attractively designed, whereas others favor function over form. If you're buying a shaker to sit on a home bar for everyone to see, we recommend one of the more stylish options.


    Q. Should I buy a cocktail shaker that comes with a range of accessories?

    A. Some cocktail shakers are sold as a set complete with an array of accessories, such as spoons, ice tongs, jiggers, strainers, and muddlers. Whether or not you should buy a shaker with accessories depends on how serious you are about cocktails and whether you already own the accessories. If you'll only be making the occasional cocktail, you don't need a huge number of accessories. On the other hand, if you plan to learn to make cocktails like a pro, you'll need a wide range of accessories.

    Q. Which type of cocktail shaker is best for a beginner?

    A. If you're new to making cocktails, the simplest type of shaker to use is the Cobbler shaker. With a strong seal between the tin and lid and a built-in strainer, it's as simple as putting your ingredients inside, giving them a shake, and pouring them out again.

    Q. Where can I find cocktail recipes?

    A. There's no point owning a cocktail shaker if you don't know any drink recipes. You can find a wide range of books and websites dedicated to cocktail recipes.

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