Best cocktail shakers to mix up your parties: from Boston and cobbler to novelty

Best cocktail shakers to mix up your parties: from Boston and cobbler to novelty

WHY pay over £10 for a tiny cocktail when you can mix one up yourself with the best cocktail shakers on the market? Anyone can be a bartender as lo

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WHY pay over £10 for a tiny cocktail when you can mix one up yourself with the best cocktail shakers on the market?

Anyone can be a bartender as long as they have the right tools. Of course, you need to know how to use the tools as well.

There are loads of shakers to suit your needs – whether you want practicality or to look good

Most cocktail mixers come in two kinds: Boston and cobbler. Cobblers come in just two parts and are easier to use, as you just put the ingredients in, screw on the top, and pour through the in-built strainer.

However, the real professionals use Bostons. More stylish, these allow you to bash out multiple mixed drinks at once. It requires a bit of know-how: you’ll need to wedge the glass into the metal container in order to shake it, then get it out again. (top tip: hit the gap between the glass and the metal, it will come out like a treat)

Bostons are also better for precision, as the separate strainer won’t allow crushed ice or fruit through.

Whatever your style, we’ve compiled a list of the best and most stylish cocktail shakers you can buy right now.


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1. Best basic cobbler shaker 

All the basics you need to be a cocktail pro

Great for people just starting out or who want their friends and family to get involved, this Manhattan Cocktail Shaker set has everything you need. The set is made with stainless steel and comes with a strainer, muddler (for drinks like mojitos), twisted mixing spoons and measures.

It’s sleek design will fit into any drinks cabinet. But the best part is probably the fully illustrated 152 page cocktail book, so you can learn how to make something better than Sex On The Beach.

  • (AD) Manhattan Cocktail Set, Drinkstuff, for £17.99 on Amazon – buy here

2. Stylish cocktail shaker

Will fit into a kitchen space more than a bar

Combining style with practicality, the Blue Granite Cocktail Shaker Kit keeps the cocktails extra cool thanks to the triple-walled, vacuum-insulated stainless steel insides.

The granite exterior looks great and they use the same technology with the two 290ml tumblers that comes with it. It packs a much bigger price tag, but it will fit seamlessly into both modern and homely houses.

  • Blue Granite Cocktail Shaker Set, Harvey Nichols, for £95 on Amazon – buy here

3. Best cheap Boston cocktail shaker

Flair – where you flip the bottles and mixers around you – is even harder than it looks

If you want to copy Tom Cruise in cocktail, you’re going to need a Boston shaker. But you’ll also want a cheap cocktail shaker if you’re just starting out – like this one.

The set comes with a 800ml shaker with a 450ml mixing glass, as well as two measures, a strainer, wooden muddler and twisted bar spoon. Everything you need for a small price. Now get to working on that flair.

  • Premium Eight Piece cocktail Set, Savisto, for £14.95 on Amazon – buy here

4. Best cocktail making set for beginners

It’s never been easier to make great cocktails

Even when following a recipe, you can still get things wrong. With this rotating cocktail shaker set, it’s basically impossible to mess up.

This cobbler shaker spins to reveal the recipes for eight different cocktails, from Tom Collins to Margaritas. It even shows you how much to fill up for each ingredient.

  • Cocktail Making Set, Blusmart for £13.99 on Amazon – buy here

5. Best novelty cocktail shaker

This kitsch member is cute and useful

Stylish and a lot of fun, you can break the cocktail shaking mould with this pineapple mixer. Made from stainless steel with gold leaves on the top, it manages to be a lot of fun and in-keeping with any home bar.

  • Pineapple Cocktail Shaker, John Lewis & Partners for £25 on John Lewis – buy here

6. Best sophisticated Boston shaker

This is what you bring out when you really want to impress

Sleek and traditional, Rusty Barrel’s cocktail shaker is the best option for those looking for a sexy and sophisticated set. It comes with everything you need: an 800ml shaker, 550ml top tin (or glass), alongside a strainer, measure, twisted mixing spoon, wooden muddler and a silver metal pourer (so no more spills).

Also, the set comes with a booklet of classic cocktails – ideal for those looking for some extra inspiration with their new sets.

  • Bloomsbury Cocktail Making Set, Rusty Barrel, for £26.95 on Amazon – buy here


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