The best cocktail shaker should be able to make your martini ice cold without giving your hands and fingers a case of frostbite. The typical martini shaker is stainless steel. Stainless steel is a great temperature conductor and is perfectly suited for making your drink super cold very quickly. The problem, however, is that you can only shake so long before you fingers and hands are so ice cold that you can no longer hold on to the shaker. There is something to be said about stainless steel cocktail shakers. They give you the classic look, sound, and feel of a 1940’s bar where the sound of Martinis, Manhattans, Rob Roys and Cosmopolitans being shaken all around you make you feel important and sophisticated – and well, happy too. Is there any other way to make a classic cocktail? I’m here to tell you there is.
Best Cocktail Shaker for Martinis
Leave the stainless steal shakers to the professional bartenders who get paid to incur painful frostbite every night. The Oxo Cocktail shaker will make your drink just as cold as a stainless steel cocktail shaker, but will keep your hands at room temperature while doing it. This Oxo martini shaker has double walled construction which prevents condensation and keeps the outside of the surface at a comfortable temperature while you shake and chill your favorite (not just martinis) cocktail. Besides just making a good, cold martini while keeping my hands comfortable, there are a couple of other things I really like about this cocktail shaker:
Martini Shaker – Getting the Right Martini
Martinis, Rob Roys, Manhattans, and Cosmopolitans are classic drinks that are usually served in an “up-glass”. While not all recipes are the same, we all have our preference on how we like them. For example, with martinis some might like only or vodka; or very dry; others dirty, and others with more or less dry vermouth. The Oxo shaker is cleverly designed with a lid that also servers as a 1 and 1/2oz measuring device. Since I like martinis on the dry side, I can easily fill it to the top with 1 and 1/2 oz then, add 1/2 oz of vermouth without having to reach for another shot glass or jigger to measure. The Oxo shaker is an all-in-one cocktail maker. Just add ice and the ingredients and you good to shake and pour.
Oxo Shaker Quality
The other thing that makes the Oxo the best cocktail shaker in my opinion is the way it is made. The quality lids fit together snugly, but not so tightly that they are hard to put on. Unlike my stainless steel cocktail shakers, there is no risk in the lid popping off or the container slipping out of your hands. Another hidden benefit of the Oxo Good-Grips Cocktail Shaker is that the double-wall construction serves as a bit of a muffler. Leave the noise to the noisy bars. When you want to make a nice, quiet, but high quality drink at home this is the best cocktail shaker for you.