The Best Cocktail Shakers for Your Home Bar
Looking to shake things up? These are our favorite functional (yet stylish!) cocktail shaker options on the market.
Cresimo is known for two things—stainless steel coffee products and the most affordable top-of-the-line barware you can find. And this 24-ounce shaker ($17) is no exception. With more than 2,000 favorable reviews on Amazon, this sturdy shaker is definitely worth every penny. Bonus: It’s available as a one-piece, three-piece, seven-piece or 12-piece set—recipe book included. Here are easy cocktails even a novice mixologist can master.
Pro tip: When buying a cocktail shaker there are usually two choices: Boston and cobbler.
- Boston shakers are typically two-piece shakers where the bottom half looks like a standard pint glass. They’re typically made of lightweight stainless steel and do not have a built-in strainer.
- Cobbler cocktail shakers are rounded and great for beginner mixologists, as they come with a built-in strainer on top.
Top Shelf Bar Supply is a family owned-and-operated business that’s dedicated to crafting the perfect cocktails. This husband-and-wife team specializes in hospitality, product development and professional mixology—which is why this two-piece Boston shaker set ($20) is on our list. It’s tough, dishwasher-safe, and, unlike cobbler shakers, it won’t freeze shut!
OXO produces everything from bakeware to cleaning supplies, but this stainless steel cocktail shaker ($30) is by far one of the brand’s best products. Not only is it easy-to-use (one-handed, at that!), it’s equipped with a built-in strainer—guaranteeing a leak-free pour every time. Next, check out the kitchen gadgets our Test Kitchen loves most.
If you’re expecting a crowd, Ehome’s 30-oz. mason jar cocktail shaker set ($27) is the way to go. Designed with a built-in ice strainer, this shaker is perfect for creating your favorite cocktails or experimenting with new mixers and ingredients. Check out our favorite ways to reuse glass jars.
VonShef is an English kitchenware brand that’s known for high-end blenders, stainless steel pan sets and stylish cocktail shakers. This showpiece shaker ($35) has everything a new bartender needs, including a muddler, double-ended bar spoon, julep strainer, Hawthorne strainer, two steel pourers, measuring jigger and recipe guide. By the way, theses are the classic cocktails you should know before you’re 30.
Give your bar cart a lively touch with this four-piece rainbow chrome Boston cocktail shaker set ($30) by Bar Supply NYC. Complete with two weighted shaker tins, a Hawthorne strainer, double-sided jigger, and recipe booklet, you’ll be ready to make even the most difficult of cocktails right at home. Taste a rainbow, too, with these colorful recipes.
Feel like Daisy Buchanan herself with this Dublin crystal martini shaker ($20) by Godinger—a New York-based retailer that specializes in handcrafted silver, pewter, crystal and stainless giftware. And don’t let the affordable price fool you. More than 70 customers swear by this well-made shaker.
For a premium experience, try the Nicholas Collection’s Martini Shaker ($64). It’s heavy—which helps you shake—and the size is perfect for large hands. Plus, the shaker’s silicone grip makes it easy to hold on to, while the built-in cap lets you pour your drink in any direction.