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Looking for the right type of cocktail shaker

Making cocktails at home for your special occasions or for your exclusive guests requires some essential cocktail equipment. They can range from cocktail shakers, ice crushers, bar spoons to citrus juicers.


Everyone knows that the cocktail glass does make your cocktail and your guests will love drinking their favourite cocktails out the finest quality glasses whether they’re martini glasses, hurricane glasses or even shot glasses.  It is essential to make sure you have the right cocktail glasses to serve those cocktails.


When you prepare for a bar at your home, there some essential items that should never be missed out or your cocktail party will be incomplete. A cocktail shaker is considered the most essential piece of cocktail equipment.  There are different types of cocktail shaker.  The Boston shaker requires a mixing glass and a Hawthorn strainer, whilst the Cobbler shaker already has a built in strainer so you can get shaking those cocktails straight away.


The Boson shaker is the choice of the professionals.  If you go to a bar you will usually see the barman shaking this type of shaker.  A mixing glass is the essential partner to a Boston shaker.  Firstly, you add all ingredients into the mixing glass and then fill the mixing glass with ice.  The Boston shaker then fits over the mixing glass and after a solid tap on the shaker, it forms a tight seal, allowing you to shake that cocktail and make sure you wake it up!  After you’ve shaken the cocktail, a tap on the rim of the shaker releases the mixing glass allowing you to strain the cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass.  Easy!


The Cobbler shaker is the most common shaker and the one that is easiest to use.  It can be seen in some bars more commonly found in homes. It contains a tumbler, an inbuilt strainer that is usually small in size and a lid, which tightly seals the shaker. It is easy to use because you can just pour the things into it and shake it. The small strainer may cause the cocktail to come out slowly and hence is not generally used in very busy bars.


The quality of the material with which the cocktail shaker is made from is also a point to consider when shopping for cocktail equipment for your home bar. The most preferred ones are those of metal bodies, stainless steel shakers are the most common and some even have a vinyl covering allowing more grip, especially when flaring.  A cocktail shaker may also be made in silver, these are less common and very expensive.


Many new concepts are evolving and newer types of cocktails shakers can be found.  However, the classic cocktail shaker whether a Boston shaker or Cobbler will always remain the peoples favourite as they are quick to learn and make the best cocktails.


Select the right kind of cocktail equipment for your home bar and make sure you serve your guests some delicious cocktails.

Avoid These 5 Cocktails And You Will Stay Looking Great

Article by Paul Atkins

When it’s time to have a drink it’s time to have a drink. The problem with that though is that many drinks are just plain not good for you. Never mind if you’re on a diet plan and trying to lose weight these 5 are the cream of the crop when it comes to calories, sugar, and just plain old bad stuff you don’t want to have floating around inside you.

Not only do these types of drinks wreck your system and help fluctuate your sugar levels up and down faster than a bobble head they tend to always be the ones that leave you with that wonderful early-morning hangover headache that always seems to come at the worst possible time. It’s also a good idea to keep in mind that the drinks mentioned in this article are ones that are very popular. This is important because your odds of running into them are high. These drinks tend to be the ones that are more socially inclined and lend themselves to large groups of people who will more than likely want you to drink them with everyone.

To start things off let’s begin by discussing how a tea from long island is anything but a tea and actually not from long island either. The long island iced tea is not teaming with antioxidants but rather a concoction of five different hard liquors as well as sweet and sour mix and Coke. All mighty fine ingredients you want in a drink when you’re trying to lose weight and get fit, not really.

Next on our list would be the newest bad alcoholic concoction the infamous red bull and vodka. This drink seems to be popular among the youth and occasionally among the older. Who knows why this particular drink has become such a craze maybe it’s because of the fancy red bull cars driving around with their giant cans strapped to the roof or maybe it’s the annual flugtag festival of idiots driving their homemade cars off a ramp into giant lakes sending everyone into a frenzy. Whatever the case the person who decided to combine these two drinks deserves to win the worlds worst drink combination award.

I say this because only the supercharged college age drunk who desires nothing more than the worst hangover in the morning or the inability to sleep is really who’s right for this particular drink. Granted there is a positive side to this drink which is when you drink them you’re so stupidly energized you might bounce off the walls enough for hours to burn a few of those ridiculous amount of calories you just ingested.

A favorite drink of mine is an unfortunate part of this list, the redneck’s drink of choice a Jack and Coke. As much as i hate to admit it this particular cocktail us fully loaded in an unfortunately bad way. A little bit of Jack on the rocks is no biggie, but throw in that Coke and the whole ball game changes. There is a bright spot in the whole Jack and Coke saga which is those that generally drink this cocktail usually end up in a pretty serious brawl outside the local bar which is a great way to get rid of a few extra calories you just drank.

Numero 4 on the list of most offensive cocktails to the health nut or fitness buff is the anti-typical pool bar / Tiki hut drink the Pina colada. This drink tends to have not just have ridiculous amount of calories and sugar all swirled together in a lovely delicious dessert like cocktail but usually comes with a boatload of fat as well. The ending result is that of an alcoholic milkshake that comes close to surpassing the calories of a whopper with cheese. In fact you might actually be better off ordering a whopper with cheese and go ahead and throw some fries into the mix from the pool bar over this fourth offender.

Last but not least on our list of worst offenders is the scorpion. The scorpion is a favorite drink of those who are throwing tropical themed pool parties or some other equally ridiculous themed event. There’s not much worse than throwing together a lot of sugary-based alcohol’s and serving them up, other than of course serving them up with a lot of sugary-based juices in a giant bowl shaped glass that contains six draws. A couple of these babies and you wonder where the roasted pig went and end up face down in the toilet.

A well-prepared and proactive person who has their defenses up before the party or vacation begins will prevent disaster from happening. These 5 calorie and sugar rich cocktails are definitely the ones that need to be avoided at all times. Staying from these drinks and not making stupid health decisions will help you stay on track and protect you from taking several steps backwards in regards to all the weight-loss and fitness progress you’ve made so far.

A strong drink is great and sometimes just plain needed, just make sure it doesn’t kill the progress you’ve made with your workout routines. A 90 day exercise routine that is a heck of a workout but also enjoyable is P90X by Beachbody, a personal favorite of mine.