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Fantastic cocktail set and a real step up from a cobbler!
on 15 December 2015
I already own a basic cobbler shaker and this Boston style shaker really is a step up, in short it’s brilliant quality, you get all the accessories you need and it really has broadened my cocktail making horizons! It’s fantastic.
A cobbler shaker is where the strainer is in the top of the shaker, with no need for a strainer / any additional parts.
A Boston Shaker set is a bit of a step up; because of the tin and glass combination you can see the ingredients as you add them which you can’t in a cobbler. With a Boston you can also can make more cocktails (because of the increased capacity). This is why the type of shaker you will always see in a professional bar is this type – the Boston. And I think this one is a very good set indeed.
This Boston shaker set comes wonderfully gift boxed and consists of:
Bar spoon – super long, perfect for mixing all tall drinks
2 x professional spirit measures
A ‘definitive’ cocktail book – very useful with lots of recipes (for more review details on this see below)
In use the shaker is so straightforward whilst it looks impressive:
-Pour all your ingredients into the mixing glass
-Place metal tumbler on the top and seal it shut with a firm whack
-Then shake it like a polaroid picture!
-Once mixed, another firm whack to separate
-Strain into your serving glasses and enjoy
The initial firm whack and ice inside the two parts creates a vacuum seal that really does keep the two sides together for whilst you shake.
Honestly I love this set and it’s made me realise the limitations of my little cobbler shakers, which whilst very useful and I will certainly keep, this just feels more ‘proper’ and the increased capacity is hugely appreciated when entertaining.
I also love that the set gives you literally everything you could want for to get making proper and professional cocktails (everything apart from the cocktail ingredients).
The book is a bit or a dark horse with lots of great recipes split out according to main ingredient. Each recipe has a nice bit of context then clearly set out ingredients and method, honestly a great accompaniment. The contents page includes:
Other Spirits and Liqueurs
Wines, Beer and Cider
The morning after!
All in all this has been a real pleasure to receive and test, I am fortunate that I get a lot of items to review but this is likely in the best I have used lately in terms of fun, practicality and sincerely I have no criticisms of it whatsoever. An absolutely fantastic set. The highest recommendation I can give.
I was kindly provided a sample by the manufacturer to review; the opinions expressed here are entirely my own view of this cocktail shaker.