Every home bar needs the proper tools to make the perfect mixed drink.
Whether for shaking or stirring, a cocktail shaker set is a must have bar tool. But there are a surprising amount of options out there. What are the best ones? Well it depends a little bit on your need and a lot on your style. Below are five excellent cocktail shaker set options that’ll serve you very well at your home bar.
And if you are looking for bar gifts for a friend, a quality cocktail shaker set is definitely a smart choice, even if they already have one. A home bar is much better off with the right bar equipment at hand, and multiple shakers is a must for any party situation.
Adcraft BAR Bar Shaker Set, 3 Piece + Mirror Finish
If you’re looking for a quality cocktail shaker with traditional lines, you can’t go wrong here. This 28-ounce stainless steel beauty is well reviewed and pretty as a postcard on a home bar. It’s the traditional three piece design where the strainer attaches to the shaker base and a jigger (the cap that can be used for drink measurement) seals the strainer for proper no-leaking shaking.
The price is definitely right on this set, so if you are stocking up a home bar purchasing a handful of these can keep you shaking in style the whole night through.
Oggi Marilyn Cocktail Shaker
Now if you are looking for something a little more modern in its lines, this Oggi Marilyn shaker has the curves and a modern satin-finished metal style. And yes, it’s named Marilyn after the curvy and beautiful Marilyn Monroe. Once you know that, you can definitely see it in the design. It’s truly a looker. This again is a three piece set-up: shaker, attachable strainer, and a lid to seal it all up. It’s a little more expensive for a single cocktail shaker set, but the design certainly makes it worth it.
OXO Press & Pour Cocktail Shaker
Between the leaks when shaking and the spills when pouring, some people really don’t care for the mess created by a traditional cocktail shaker. If you fall under that camp, this is your perfect cocktail shaker set. Made by OXO, it uses press and pour technology to make drink creation and pouring as mess free as possible. It’s still a looker, made of stainless still, and the shaker is built to keep your drinks nice and cold for a long duration. It’s a perfect solution for the person that likes no fuss or the gadget geek bartender who loves new technology.
Metrokane Bullet Cocktail Shaker
You’ve got the Marilyn cocktail shaker above that’s curvy as can be, and then you have the streamlined and sleek bullet cocktail shaker. With its simple lines and art deco style, this shaker just screams style. It looks good and it feels good to use, like you’ve stepped right out of a 1930’s martini bar. It’s a 28 ounce shaker with a four-part stainless steel design: the shaker itself, the strainer, a cap (the seal) and the bullet cover.
Boston Cocktail Shaker Set By WIN-WARE
A perfect set as a bar gift or if you’re into Boston cocktail shaker rather than the three-piece shaker designs. Boston cocktail shakers use a metal shaker base with a mixing glass, typically made of glass or plastic. You get a quality Boston shaker, but also a lot more in this gift set: a strainer, two jiggers for measuring, a bar spoon, and a muddler. If you’re looking for the perfect all-in-one bar gift for the home bar hobbyist, this is definitely a contender. Aspiring bartenders should definitely learn how to use a Boston shaker set-up.
Shake It Right
There are a lot more cocktail shaker set options available, so if one of these hasn’t inspired you, dive a little deeper. These, though, are some of the best, and for good reason. They balance tradition, style, and, at times, technology, to make a perfect bar tool companion. These are high quality tools that’ll last a long time.