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SHAKERCobbler shakers (the three-piece ones with the small hat) may look
prettier, but with practice, a Boston shaker is easier and quicker to use.
It won't fall apart and spill all over you, and the cooling eect of the ice
creates a vacuum seal. To use it, add the ingredients and ice to the glass,
then place the metal half on top with a gentle thump. Shake for your life,
and when you're happy that the drink is suciently chilled and mixed,
ease the two pieces apart. If they're refusing to budge, a gentle tap
against the side of your worktop where they join should help.
Alessi Boston cocktail shaker; £76, store.alessi.com
BAR SPOONWith a longer handle than your average cutlery, a bar spoon is
ideal for ensuring all ingredients are mixed together properly in
drinks where a shaker isn't required. It's also a handy measure
for when a recipe calls for only 5ml of an ingredient. It's best to
go for one with a at end (as opposed to the Japanese ones that
have pointy ornamental ends), as this can be used to crush sugar
cubes and muddle smaller items, such as mint leaves.
Urban Bar classic bar spoon; £14.95, selfridges.com
STRAINERYou've shaken your drink
with all your might, and now
you need to pour it without the old,
slightly melted ice falling into your fresh
glass with brand-new cubes. That's where a
Hawthorn strainer comes in, �tting neatly over the
top of the Boston shaker. Place your �nger behind
the convenient metal ridge to hold it in place, then
pour. If your recipe includes ingredients such as
mint, which tends to break up into tiny, unattractive
green specks, then hold a �ne-mesh strainer
underneath the Hawthorn/shaker combo to doublestrain
the drink. Hey presto: a clean and clear libation.
Urban Bar Hawthorn cocktail strainer; £6.65,
masterofmalt.com, Urban Bar ne strainer;
Although not essential in the preparation
of cocktails, they nevertheless help pep up
the look of any drink served in a tall glass.
Barcraft pack of eight novelty cocktail
stirrers; £2.45, houseoraser.co.uk