The shaker is the basic tool for making cocktails. To be a good mixologist, it is essential to know them all, there are three different types. Alexis Kuperfis talks about it in more detail.
The boston shaker
The boston shaker appeared in the United States in the middle of the 19th century, it is the first model to be created. It is composed of a metal part and a glass part. The latter is very strong and is made to resist physical and temperature shocks.
The continental shaker
The continental or the 2-part shaker appeared in Europe in the middle of the 20th century. It looks like the Boston shaker, with the difference that the second part is also made of metal. This is the type of shaker that is most used by professionals today.
The three-piece shaker
As its name suggests, it is composed of three parts: a plug, a first metal part that includes a strainer and a main part. This type of shaker appeared at the end of the 19th century. It is widely used by the general public. Moreover, with its aesthetic look, this shaker is also a perfect decorative object for your mini-bar.
Tips for dealing with your shaker
The three-piece shaker is the easiest to handle thanks to its small size. In addition, it is impossible to reverse the content unlike other shakers that require more practice.
To close the two-piece shakers properly, you need to give a quick tap on the top before you start shaking. Then, it is essential to shake on the side and not in front of you to avoid spilling the cocktail on your customer or guests, if the shaker opens.