10 of the best cocktail shakers

Because all good tipples are shaken not stirred

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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. 

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Drinks stuff Boston style cocktail shaker

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1. Drinks Stuff Professional Boston Cocktail Shaker

For the more professional cocktail connoisseur

Specifications
Material: Tin and glass
Size: Tin: H17.5cm x W9.3cm x D6.6cm Glass: H15cm x W8.8cm x D6cm
Capacity: Tin: 800ml Glass: 450ml
Dishwasher safe?: glass: yes; tin: no
Reasons to buy
+Inexpensive+Professional quality+Large capacity (always a plus)
Reasons to avoid
-Not as simple to use as a standard shaker

You’ll probably recognise this style from when you have been out for a fancy tipple –it’s used by the pros. It takes a bit of get used to using a Boston style shaker but, made up of just two parts, you don’t have to faff with lids, fastening or strainers and once you get the hang of it, it’s really very easy – simply fill the tin cup with ice and your ingredients, place the glass cup on top at an angle to create a seal and get shaking. You will probably want to buy a strainer to go with this shaker, but still an absolute bargain. 

Pineapple Cocktail shaker from Oliver Bonas

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2. Oliver Bonas Pineapple 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

Tom Dixon Plum cocktail shaker

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3. Tom Dixon Plum Cocktail Shaker

Form meets function with this funky design

Specifications
Material: stainless steel
Size: H29cm x W12cm
Dishwasher safe?: no
Reasons to buy
+Looks incredible+Tapered ends for an even shake+Spirit measure included 
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey if only wanted for occasions 

Is it a cocktail shaker or is it some outer space communication device? Whatever, we are definitely digging this futuristic design and turns out its funky shape actually has a function too – the tapered ends are actually designed to give you a firm grip and more balance while shaking. The top also doubles up a spirit measure if you don’t fancy eyeballing your measurements (we would advise against this).

John Lewis & Partners rocket cocktail shaker

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4. John Lewis & Partners Rocket Cocktail Shaker

An out of this world cocktail shaker

Specifications
Material: stainless steel
Size: H22.6cm x W7.6cm
Capacity: 700ml
Dishwasher safe?: no
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use and easy to clean+Quirky design 
Reasons to avoid
-What’s not to love about an easy to use rocket shaped cocktail shaker?

Shake up a cosmic cosmopolitan or and out of this world mojito with this rocket cocktail shaker. The sleek design and very secure lid will allow you to shake with gravity defying efficiency. And if you are wondering how you are going to get a good grip around that cumbersome base, don’t worry, that section is removable. 

Dunelm cocktail shaker with recipes and measures

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5. 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. 

Marks & Spencer hammered copper cocktail shaker

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6. Marks and Spencer Hammered Metal Cocktail Shaker

Looks lovely and does the job

Specifications
Material: stainless steel
Size: H22.5cm x W7.5cm
Capacity: 650ml
Dishwasher safe?: no
Reasons to buy
+Hammered effect for good grip+Spirit measure included
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best for complicated recipes

If you are a magpie like us, you will love this shaker because it comes in silver, gold and copper. The textured finish makes it easy to grip and the generous capacity means it's perfect for mixing one long drink or two shorter ones. There’s also a matching wine cooler and ice bucket if you are that much of a metallics' hoarder. 

Bloomingville cocktail shaker

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7. 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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8. 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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9. 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?

Ban.do glitter cocktail shaker

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10. Ban.do Glitter Bomb Shaker

A party in a cocktail shaker

Specifications
Material: acrylic
Size: H24.8cm x W8.89cm
Capacity: 591ml **Dishwasher safe?** no
Reasons to buy
+Possibly the snazziest looking cocktail shaker ever
Reasons to avoid
-Pretty basic design

How do you make cocktails any more fabulous? Mix them in a shaker filled with glitter and confetti, obviously. Sure, the design is pretty basic but it’s perfect if you are looking for something for that isn’t complicated to use and looks insanely festive. 

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