Cocktail shakers: 5 of the best for mixologists

Because all good tipples are shaken not stirred

Oliver Bonas bar cart and accessories
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Bond did actually have a point. Most classic cocktails do need to be shaken not stirred... so a good cocktail shaker is a bar cart essential for any budding mixologist. But how do you go about choosing a good cocktail shaker? And what even constitutes a good one? Fear not (Moneypenny), we’ve got all your questions covered with our pick of the best cocktail shakers for every style, mix-ability and budget. 

Looking for cocktail recipes to go with your shaker? These classics are guaranteed to get the party started. Know WHAT ELSE you need to go with the new cocktail shaker? A bar cart – and we've got the best buys to get the party started.

Pineapple Cocktail shaker from Oliver Bonas

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1. Oliver Bonas Pineapple Cocktail Shaker

Best cocktail shaker for the style conscious

Specifications
Material: stainless steel
Size: H29cm x W12cm x D12cm
Dishwasher safe?: no
Reasons to buy
+Fancy ornament and cocktail shaker in one+Matching accessories available 
Reasons to avoid
-Pretty weighty

Add all the cabana vibes to your drinks trolley with this quirky pineapple shaped number. It’s simple to use, just throw in your ingredients, put on the lid and you are good to go. A great option if you want something that looks great and does the job. Plus there are some super cute matching barware accessories

Dunelm cocktail shaker with recipes and measures

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2. Dunelm Aperiti Cocktail Shaker

The best for beginners

Specifications
Material: glass and stainless steel
Size: H22cm
Capacity: 400ml
Dishwasher safe?: no
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use +Includes four classic cocktail recipes 
Reasons to avoid
-Not the sleekest looking-Small capacity 

If you are an expert at drinking cocktails, but a novice at making them, this shaker is good place to start. It’s pretty basic in terms of design, but the body includes recipes for four classic cocktails, plus all the measurements needed so you don’t have to stock up on recipe books or a jigger. 

Bloomingville cocktail shaker

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3. Bloomingville Glass Cocktail Shaker

Bring back the roaring '20s

Specifications
Material: glass and stainless steel
Size: H22cm x W8cm
Capacity: 385ml **Dishwasher safe?** no
Reasons to buy
+Lovely vintage look
Reasons to avoid
-Small capacity 

There’s something very Gatsby-esque about this cocktail shaker, the textured glass and classic shape definitely give it a lovely vintage look. Just team it with some delicate martini glasses and keep the sidecars flowing. 

Argos rose gold cocktail shaker

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4. Argos Rose Gold Cocktail Shaker

A cocktail making lesson and a shaker combined

Specifications
Material: stainless steel
Size: H24cm x W8.5cm
Capacity: 750ml **Dishwasher safe?** YES (FINALLY!!)
Reasons to buy
+Can be bunged in the dishwasher+Generous capacity +Easy to follow recipes 
Reasons to avoid
-We love it – it goes in the dishwasher

Another snazzy one for beginners. This shaker rotates to reveal eight delicious cocktail recipes, including daiquiris and mai tais. It looks the part and is great value since you don’t need to buy any extras. 

VonShef Matte Black Cocktail Set

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5. VonShef Matte Black Cocktail Set

The full monty

Specifications
Material: stainless steel
Size: H24cm x W9cm
Capacity: 550ml **Dishwasher safe?** no
Reasons to buy
+Comes will all the trimmings+Professional quality and finish 
Reasons to avoid
-The sheer amount of kit may be a bit overwhelming for beginners...  

This is a serious piece of kit, and you definitely get a lot for your money. This isn’t just a cocktail shaker, oh no, this is a nine piece cocktail making set, complete with a muddler, bar spoon, strainer, sieve, a double ended jigger and a recipe book! It also comes in rose gold, because, really, what doesn’t these days?