The Birdy cocktail shaker is elegance in form and function, inspired in collaboration with the world-renowned Erik Lorincz, former head bartender at The Savoy hotel’s American Bar in London. The three-piece Birdy shaker is uniquely designed for an efficient and excellent shake, and micro-polished for a superior tasting cocktail. Available in two sizes, hand wash only. $154 (500 ml., 16.9 oz.), $149 (350 ml., 11.8 oz.), santokunyc.com.
The Hawkins New York midcentury-inspired brushed brass shaker is giving Old Hollywood glam, and is a great addition to any chic home bar cart. It holds 24 ounces of liquid and has a separate matching ice bucket, tongs and jigger. But beware, this beauty is hand wash only, so shake with care. $48, for cocktail shaker, $184 for complete bar set, food52.com.
The “Crafthouse by Fortessa” design is a classic Boston-style two-cup shaker. The pair of professional-grade stainless-steel cups fit together to form a tight seal, and features ribbed sides for easy gripping and measuring of liquids, up to 20 ounces. $40, surlatable.com.
With the Grain
Brümate’s 20-ounce insulated cocktail shaker in walnut is perfect in a chic bachelor pad or moody, masculine home bar setting. It’s fashioned with a tight-fitting lid for a leak-proof shake, plus the body doubles as a pint tumbler, making it ideal for boozy tailgating, picnics or any outdoor excursions. Also available in 11 additional colors, including polished chrome, glitter rose gold and metallic dark aura. $39.99, brumate.com.
Rabbit’s “Twist to Lock” shaker will have you twisting and shouting at how easy it is to use. Featuring a “bayonetted” locking lid, it’s almost impossible to spill with shaking. It holds 18 ounces and has a free-standing jigger lid, angled pour spout and an integrated ice strainer. Hand wash only. $30, rabbitwine.com.
A Gripping Story
OXO’s home cook-friendly products have gained a well-earned reputation for designing easy to use, multitasking kitchen and bar items. Their “Good Grips” cocktail shaker is no exception. It holds 16 ounces, has double-walled insulation to prevent sweating and includes a marked jigger cap for easy measuring. It’s also nicely priced so you can pick up one for your home bar, to take on beachy vacations or to bring along to holiday parties (along with tasty bar snacks) for a thoughtful, and useful, host gift. $11.99, Oxo.com.