There's nothing better than coming home from a long day at work and shaking up a signature drink in your own home bar, creating a comfortable after-work elegance in your own home. Make a pair of cocktails for yourself and a date, and you have an instantly great night.
A good cocktail set starts with shakers. Great shakers are made from great materials, and luckily, these days, you can get an awesome cocktail from a shaker made from stainless steel, glass, plastic or silver - depending on your personal style, your budget and of course, how badly you want to impress that date we were just talking about.
Also, you must choose between a traditional cocktail shaker and a Boston shaker. The main difference between these two styles is that the cocktail style has a built in strainer, where as the Boston does not. While the traditional one is simpler to use, the Boston style is convenient because it serves a dual purpose. The Boston style contains a 16 ounce mixing glass as well as a larger, flat-bottomed bar tin. The glass can be used alone for stirring drinks over ice or use the two pieces together for shaking your drink ingredients. The Boston style is typically used by professional bartenders and also requires the use of an outside strainer. This makes it a little bit more labor intensive, but that can be a good thing if you are entertaining guests with your skills.
Plastic shakers are great for parties, since multiple people can be shaking up drinks and enjoying stress-free time without worrying about dinging up or breaking an expensive bar tool. The only downside is that flavors can get caught in plastic, so you'll need to wash your shakers out well after each use. Metal is the most traditional bar tool material, and both stainless steel and silver are great choices. Just be sure that you purchase high-quality stainless steel, as some versions can smell a little metallic and can lend that taste to the drinks. Glass is one of the best materials for creating cocktails, since it doesn't hold flavors and is easy to use for measuring. The only downside is that it can break easily!
Hopefully these tips can help you find the perfect tool for making great cocktails for family and friends, and enjoying those enjoyable after-work gatherings.
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