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Cocktails tools - shakers en jiggers

Cocktail shakers

Cobbler shaker

Pour Cobbler cocktail shaker into a glass

The cobbler is perhaps the most commonly used shaker for making cocktails at home. This is the shaker with a small cap, a built-in strainer and the shaker tin. Because it already has a strainer in it, it is easy to use. After shaking, pour the drink directly into the glass. 

You will not easily find this shaker in a professional cocktail bar. It can often hold a little less and the built-in strainer is more difficult to clean than a separate strainer. In addition, pouring is also slower. At home you don't have that problem and this can of course be a great shaker. I never use it myself and am very loyal to my Boston shaker. But a cobbler shaker is the most commonly used shaker in home bartending.

Boston Shaker

The Boston shaker consists of two cups, one slightly smaller than the other. You have them in combination glass with pewter and pewter on pewter. Glass on pewter is beautiful to look at, especially when you're shaking. And you can use the glass part as a mixing glass to stir a cocktail. The disadvantage is of course the vulnerability. I am a fan of my tin on tin shaker. I really never use another one. It is large enough to shake two cocktails at the same time and is very easy to clean. In addition, it is lightweight and therefore easy to shake with. Make sure you stack the shaker properly before you start shaking. Otherwise you run the risk of not being able to open it again. You can read more about this under the heading "Techniques". 

Boston Shaker
Parisian Shaker

Parisian Shaker

The Parisian shaker, as the name says it all, is a French cocktail shaker. That was somewhat obvious from the name. It looks a bit like the Boston shaker, only the top is smaller and the two parts fit exactly together. I have never used this shaker myself. What you often hear is that this shaker gets stuck quickly and is difficult to loosen. They also seem to leak sooner than the other two variants. But there are certainly very good ones available. So pay close attention to this when you choose a Parisian shaker.

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