Enter the 5 Minute, $5 Cocktail Shaker. You can make your own quality cocktail shaker in a few minutes from items you may already have floating around. And, worst case, if you buy everything it'll be less than 5 bucks. The great thing about this shaker is it lets you bring cocktails to a friend's house and leave the shaker with them. Spread the cocktail goodness far and wide!
Step 1: Materials and Prep
- 1/8" Drill Bit
- Center Punch (or a nail)
- Round Needle File [Optional]
- Wide Mouth Mason Jar (1 quart is best)
- Two Wide Mouth Jar Lids
- One Wide Mouth Jar Ring
Some thoughts about the choice of materials and tools:
Jars - Make sure to go with a Mason jar. The brand you choose doesn't much matter, there are even some cool antique ones out there. The reason you want a Mason (AKA canning jar) is because you can buy replacement lids and bands, which we're going to make use of.
Drill Bit Size - I opted for an 1/8" bit for my strainer lid mainly because it's large enough to allow good flow while still stopping floaty bits like juice pulp. If you find a better size or, for that matter, combination of sizes I'd love to hear about it.
Round Needle File - You'll need this to finish off the holes, but it's not 100% required. You could also use sand paper or even a pointy rock in a pinch.
Prepping the lid for drilling:
This step is semi-optional, but very much encouraged. Take your center punch or nail and tap indents at each place you want a hole drilled. For mine I spaced the indents about 1/4" apart and filled the bottom third of the lid. Following that make 2-3 holes at the top of the lid to allow air to flow in. This will make the strainer pour much easier. Check Step 2 for a picture of my hole pattern.