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How to Use a Cocktail Shaker

Improve your home bartender skills by learning how to use a cocktail shaker. The cocktail shaker not only helps you combine the drink ingredients, but also helps you chill it properly, since the cocktail shaker mixes it with ice. Being able to use a cocktail shaker not only helps make a drink properly, but it helps impart a sense of style as well.

Choose the type of cocktail shaker that's easiest to use. Bartenders use a Boston cocktail shaker that features a mixing glass and stainless steel tumbler. For ease of use and convenience, you can also choose a three-part stainless steel cocktail shaker that includes a strainer and small cap.

Fill the cocktail shaker tumbler with ice and the ingredients of your cocktail, such as liquor, fruit juice, mixers or chunks of fruit.

Cover the cocktail shaker securely. If you're using a Boston cocktail shaker, place the glass mixing cup on top to form a tight seal. If you're using an all-stainless steel cocktail shaker, place the lid and cap on top.

Shake the cocktail in a vigorous motion, counting to 15. If you're mixing a drink with thicker and heavier liqueurs or mixers, shake the cocktail shaker longer to allow the ingredients to combine and chill inside the cocktail shaker.

Strain the cocktail into a glass. When using a Boston cocktail shaker, hold a Hawthorn strainer over the top, allowing the strainer's coil to catch the ice cubes. If you're using the all-stainless cocktail shaker, remove the cap and pour the drink out through the built-in strainer.

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