VonShef Cocktail Shaker Set in Gift Box, 17-Ounce

Last updated date: February 15, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0

VonShef Cocktail Shaker Set in Gift Box, 17-Ounce

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the VonShef VonShef Cocktail Shaker Set in Gift Box, 17-Ounce placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
10.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
282 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Epitomizing modern style, the matte black finish of the VonShef barware raises the profile of any home bar. This set is for people who want to raise their game and look every bit the professional while preparing top class tasty cocktails. The minimalist design of the Parisian shaker only bears the logo in gold type. It’s a substantial 19 oz capacity shaker made from premium stainless steel that gives you a confident air in use. So feel free to shake this vigorously! This set’s accessories are all matching too, finished with a matte black look that mean business. We have a 9” double-ended bar spoon/fork (a first in this guide!), a Hawthorne strainer, and a substantial muddler to get the most out of your ingredients. Two spirit pour spouts and a double jigger with half ounce and ounce measures complete the set. In use, the shaker is great; our initial concerns of it being easy to scratch were unfounded and it will take some rough treatment in its stride. VonShef also produce this set with a copper finish and a stainless steel finish.
- Mixstik
VonShef's offering comes as part of a set, alongside a muddler, hawthorne strainer, bar spoon, sieve, 25ml/50ml jigger, two pourers and recipe booklet. While the shaker itself has a classic urn form with an Art Deco feel, this particular edition has been coated with a modern matte black finish. While it may not be to everyone's taste, it is good to see something different, especially without having to climb up the price scale.
- BBC Good Food
It comes with a 550ml Parisian Cocktail Shaker, a muddler for crushing hard ingredients to release the flavours, bar spoon/fork, shot measuring jigger to get the perfect amount, bottle pouring spouts and a Hawthorne strainer. The gift box also comes with a recipe booklet featuring a selection of recipes to try out. Using it is fairly easy, even if you’re an amateur mixologist like myself. But more importantly, the minimal style helps it suit many kitchen decor styles. This set you’d want to be kept out on display with a plain simple backdrop. My plan is to do this, I just need to get the bar cart, mainly for the Instagram opportunities
- In Two Homes
What experts didn't like
I wouldn’t expect the entire set to remain perfectly pristine over a the years. The VonShef shaker is slightly smaller than the Mezclar.
- BBC Good Food

From The Manufacturer

Go bold with your barware! Containing everything you need to treat friends and family to a multitude of delicious cocktails, this set is a must when you’re next entertaining. The super-sleek Parisian shaker features a contemporary body made from robust stainless steel to withstand even the most vigorous mixing and shaking!

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An Overview On Cocktail Shakers

If you buy nothing else for making cocktails at home (besides liquor), you’re going to need a cocktail shaker.

Its purpose is fairly simple. It’s a container specifically made for combining cocktail ingredients in all the fun and showy ways they can be mixed: Stirring them, muddling them, and of course, shaking them. As such, it doesn’t need to be fancy. Some professional bartenders would argue that the less fancy it is, the better. But the design does matter and has a lot to do with what kind of drinks you’ll be making — and how often you’ll be making them.

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There are three basic types of shakers, and the most common for home bartenders is the “cobbler” style. For cocktail newbies, this is the most failsafe and easy to use. It’s a tall tin (typically made of stainless steel), topped by a smaller lid that incorporates a strainer. Add the ingredients, pop on the lid and a well-made shaker should ensure that you don’t get any spillage out of the sides as you shake. And of course, the strainer makes it easy to filter out solids like mint leaves or fresh citrus.

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If you want to make drinks like a professional (or at least look like one), most working bartenders use a Boston shaker. This type is deceptively simple, being just a tall, steel cup. Bartenders top it off and make a seal with another glass as they shake drinks, and pull them slightly apart if they need to strain ingredients. It’s trickier by far to learn, but faster once you get the hang of it. The fact that there’s one less lid to clean between drinks makes it ideal for high-volume drink slinging.

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Less common is the French, or Parisian, style. This is essentially a two-piece version of the Boston shaker comprised of a steel tin and a smaller, tapered lid sans strainer. They work together the same way a Boston shaker does, though some users say the metal makes a tight seal that’s easier to open.

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DWYM Fun Fact

You might pride yourself on fixing a tastier drink than your local bartender once you’ve had some practice. But when it comes to making them quick, there’s no higher bar than the one set by Arizona native Sheldon Wiley. He’s the current holder of the Guinness World Record for fastest bartender, serving up 1,905 drinks in a single hour.

The Cocktail Shaker Buying Guide

  • It’s possible to find cocktail shakers made out of plastic or other materials, but most decent ones are made out of stainless steel. There’s a good reason for that. As the name implies, stainless steel is rustproof, and it’s easy to clean between drinks. It also won’t hold odors or flavors from the last cocktail you made with it.
  • Just because it’s a shaker doesn’t mean you need to shake every drink in it! Yes, shaking up a concoction is fun, but it’s going to ruin simpler, boozier drinks like a Manhattan. If your drink involves juice, eggs or dairy, you’re typically safe to shake away. Otherwise, double-check the drink recipe.