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How To Use A Copper Boston Shaker Like A Pro

Ever watched your favorite bartender shake your cocktail using a Boston shaker skilfully and feeling envious? The good news is, you too can use a Copper Boston Shaker like a pro with just a few tips and tricks!

If you own one of our Copper Boston Shaker Set and want to start making cocktails like a pro at home, this guide is for you.

This article covers how to shake a Boston Shaker for the best results, how to unseal it after making your cocktail and basic care for your Copper Boston Shaker Set. 

Engraved Sertodo Copper Boston Shakers


A brief overview of a Copper Boston Shaker

In a nutshell, a Boston Shaker is essentially a two-piece cocktail shaker. Traditionally, it consists of a glass and metal tin. Our Copper Boston Shaker Set takes this a few steps further, by incorporating 100% pure copper throughout both cups. 

Unlike a Cobbler Shaker which has a built-in strainer, you will need a double-sided jigger for precise measurement, a separate strainer and a good quality bar spoon when mixing cocktails. However, using a Copper Boston Shaker does give you superior cocktail mixing results, as the positive seal from the two copper cups helps to prevent ice from melting quickly. 

Whether it is for the serious connoisseur or professional bartender, our hand hammered copper bar essential consists of an 16-oz cup (above) that seats and seals into the other 25-oz cup (under) for great mixing results.

Solid Heavy Gauge Copper Boston Shaker Set

When you hold each of the Boston Shaker Set cups in your hands, you will feel their weight as they are solidly handmade from copper. On top of that, our Boston Shaker Set boasts these awesome features:

  • Unique style and superior quality, our equipment gives beautiful service that lasts for generations
  • Heavy gauge, which means durable, long-term use
  • Does not easily break compared to the traditional glass and tin Boston Shaker
  • Pure copper from 100% recycled sources for a healthier environment
  • Copper is a clean material with various health properties

How do you shake a Boston Shaker?

A Boston Shaker is not only a great multitasking tools for bartenders to shake multiple cocktails at once, it also offers a solid positive seal due to its design.

So, how do you shake a Boston Shaker whenever you want to make delicious craft cocktails? 

Bartender shaking two cocktails at a time

Shaking your cocktails in a Boston Shaker is not only a great bartending skill to have, it is also incredibly entertaining to watch. With a few tips and a bit of practice, you too will be using your Boston Shaker Set just like a pro bartender.

The process of shaking your drinks in a Boston Shaker set is quite straightforward. Here are some suggested steps to help you improve the quality of your cocktails:

Step 1: Measure your ingredients using our Double-Sided Copper Jigger. Pour the ingredients into your the smaller, 16-oz cup from your Boston Shaker Set.

Pro Tip- Avoid overfilling the cup so that you allow the ingredients some room to move around. Doing so also helps to prevent spills. 

Step 2: Fill your shaker with ice cubes. 

Step 3: Secure the bigger 25-oz cup on top of the 16-oz cup to create a solid seal. 

Step 4: Hold the copper shaker with both of your hands. Keep one hand on each piece of the Boston Shaker Set and shake vigorously. Shake in a horizontal motion over your shoulder.

Pro Tip- It is important that you shake your cocktail like you mean it! Use considerable force and power when shaking your Copper Boston Shaker.

Step 5: Continue shaking for a slow count of ten, or until you feel the outside of the shaker frosting up.

Step 6: Pour your cocktail over fresh ice when preparing drinks served on the rocks.

Pour Cocktail From Boston Shaker To Glass With Rocks

Are you more of a visual learner? Watch how a pro bartender uses our Boston Shaker to shake a cocktail below!

How do you open or unseal a Copper Cocktail Shaker?

After shaking and mixing your cocktail using the Copper Boston Shaker Set, you might find it difficult to open or unseal them.

This is due to the vacuum seal from the Boston Shakers, which makes it so tight and almost impossible to open. The presence of ice cubes inside the Boston Shakers makes the copper shrink even more due to contraction. 

Professional bartenders have a way of unsealing them without causing spills with a tapping technique that works every single time. 

Watch this quick video by Sertodo Copper's founder Jonathan Beall to learn how you can easily open your Boston Shaker so that you can enjoy the delicious cocktail you just made.

Cleaning and Caring For Your Boston Shaker Set

Our Boston Copper Shaker Set can be hand-washed and is dishwasher safe.

After using your Boston Shaker Set, dry your copper cocktail shaker and copper cup with a cotton towel immediately after washing. For more details on how to spot clean or care for your Boston Shakers, check out this guide here.

DO NOT use steel wool, steel scouring pads or harsh detergents on all copper cocktail goods. Copper will develop a rich patina over time.

To keep the exterior looking new, we recommend Wright's Polishing Cream, effective and easy to use.