From zeppelins to penguins, cocktail shakers come in all shapes and sizes. While many of them look gorgeous sitting on a bar cart, it’s actually not easy to find one that is simple and enjoyable to use. That’s why I am delighted by my OXO cocktail shaker, which delivers on both form and function. My affinity for it makes sense. OXO makes plenty of my favorite kitchen products; the brand’s tongs are truly excellent and its fish spatula is the only spatula I use. Scouted Editor Jillian Lucas is absolutely obsessed with its measuring cups.
Why do I like this cocktail shaker so much? While the three-part cocktail shaker design, which includes a built-in strainer, has been around for ages, OXO found a way to improve it. Like a high-end water bottle or coffee cup, the shaker has a double wall that keeps drinks super cool, but also allows you to hold it without freezing your hand. It has an 18-ounce capacity, which is more than enough room to make several drinks at one time.
The brushed stainless steel shaker is tapered, making it easy to grip in one hand, and there is a rubber coating around the cap. The cap is also a jigger, with half-ounce, ¾-ounce, and 1-ounce marks. I initially thought I’d never use this feature, but it’s actually ingenious. I never need to search for my jigger. And unlike many other shakers that I’ve used, the cap stays on no matter how hard I shake and comes off easily when I’m ready to pour no matter how cold things get.