That's right, your work has only just begun. Now it's cocktail time.
To test out the build, as any good craftsman does, I chose a classic cocktail that I love, a Whiskey Sour. Simple, but amazingly tasty.
Whiskey Sour (Cocktail Hacker Recipe)
2 oz Whiskey
1 oz Lemon Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
1 Fresh Egg White [Optional but super tasty]
2 Dashes Fee Brother's Old Fashioned Bitters*
1) Combine ingredients in your new shaker without ice
1a) Put the solid lid on the shaker and screw down the band
2) Shake for 10-20 seconds to foam egg white
2a) Remove lid and band
3) Add ice to shaker
3a) Replace solid lid and screw on the band
4) Shake until thoroughly chilled (about 30 seconds)
4a) Remove the solid lid and band
4b) Put the strainer lid on top. You don't need the band, but can use it if you like.
5) Strain in to an Old Fashioned Glass
So there you have it. A cocktail shaker you can whip up in a few minutes for an even fewer number of dollars that also works great. Enjoy your cocktails.
*You can also use any other bitters you like. Angostura can be had in almost any grocery store and make a great addition.