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Best for Beginners: Tablecraft Boston Shaker at Amazon
"This stylish shaker takes the memorization out of mixology with see-through walls to show how much you’ve poured."
Best High-Volume: Mason Jar and Stainless Steel Shaker Set at Amazon at Amazon
"At 30 ounces, it holds more liquid than your average cocktail shaker."
Best Classic: Julia Knight Classic Cocktail Shaker at Amazon
"Turns the classic look on its head while still offering a timeless feel."
Best Copper: Hammered Cocktail Shaker at crateandbarrel.com
"Make your shaker stand out as a bar centerpiece."
Best Double-Walled: OXO Good Grips Cocktail Shaker at Amazon
"The entire area around the top of the shaker is covered in non-slip material, so you can close, shake and open again with ease."
Best for Beginners: Tablecraft Boston Shaker
Much like a baker, a bartender needs to get her proportions right in order to mix up a great cocktail. But who can remember the exact ratios of whiskey and vermouth needed for a Manhattan, not to mention what exactly goes into a mojito? Not to worry: this stylish shaker takes the memorization out of mixology. It has see-through walls to show how much you’ve poured and guidelines for measuring out a martini, Manhattan, mojito, Long Island iced tea, margarita or cosmopolitan. This shaker even includes instructions for how to garnish your drinks.
Best High-Volume: Mason Jar and Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker Set
Who said a cocktail shaker set has to feel haughty and stuffy? This mason jar cocktail shaker sets aside the expected cosmopolitan design in favor of a down-home vibe. At 30 ounces, it holds more liquid than your average cocktail shaker. And with a wood muddler and stainless steel jigger included, you’re all set to mix up the perfect batch of mojitos for your friends or family. Bonus: the jar lid shaker top is a standard size across all mason jars, so any mason jar you come across can become a cocktail shaker just by screwing on this top.
Best Classic: Julia Knight Classic Cocktail Shaker
Cocktail shakers don’t have to be made of smooth, shiny aluminum or stainless steel. This one from Julia Knight turns the classic look on its head while still offering a timeless feel. Sure, the inside and top of this shaker are made of stainless steel — since it’s an ideal material for routine exposure to liquids — but instead of a smooth, polished finish on the outside, the surface of this shaker is coated in a scalloped enamel finish. The edges of this textured section are ringed with tiles of crushed mother of pearl. The manufacturer claims that no two shakers are the same. We’re certain that no one will have a cocktail shaker quite like yours.
Best Copper: Hammered Cocktail Shaker
Get seriously stylish when outfitting your bar cart by grabbing this handcrafted copper cocktail shaker. The contrasting stainless steel lid and hammered, copper-plated base make your shaker stand out as a bar centerpiece. The lid seals well and the shaker holds enough liquid to make two martinis, old fashioneds, negronis or whatever else you decide to whip up. And if you’re a fan of delicious Moscow mules — and who isn’t? — you can display this shaker along with the drink’s distinctive copper mugs. Now all you need is some vodka, ginger beer and lime juice and you'll be on your way to a good time.
Best Double-Walled: OXO Good Grips Cocktail Shaker
The signature finish of OXO’s Good Grips line of kitchen products is its non-slip plastic coating in any spot where you’re likely to grip, twist, squeeze or shake. OXO’s version of the cocktail shaker is no exception. The entire area around the top of the shaker is covered in non-slip material, so you can close, shake and open it again with ease. And unlike most run-of-the-mill cocktail shakers, this one is double-walled, so your cocktails stay chilled and your ice melts slower, even if you let your freshly shaken cocktail sit in the vessel for a bit.