Stainless steel "professional" pounds 16
Lucio: 'Light but solid. Fixes together securely, giving you confidence that your cocktail isn't going to hit the wall'
Viv: 'The ridge provides a finger-hold when shaking, and it's easy to control the pouring even with slippery hands. Big enough to make a decent batch'
Richard: 'Ergonomically sound, with a bonafide catering feel. The shaker behind the man behind the bar'
Available at John Lewis: 0171 629 7711
Mesh and glass pounds 25
Kezia: 'Beautiful shaker with brains; the mesh gives really good grip and provides excellent insulation'
Richard: 'A classic. It took three strapping young men to undo the top, though, and we couldn't get the pouring lid off at all'
Viv: 'Substantial, luxurious-looking shaker; one for the cocktail show-off '
Stockists: 0171 408 4444
Glass pounds 8.99
Mathew: 'Excellent, inward-fitting top makes for a leak-free cocktail
shaking experience. Feels practical, yet classy'
Viv: 'Like shaking a milk bottle. Just too domestic for the cocktail experience'
Kezia: 'Not nearly decadent enough, and I would be very nervous of dropping it after one too many'
Stockists: 0171 376 3825
Pewter pounds 39.95
Will: 'Looks great. I don't know if it's subliminal, but my cocktails taste better out of this one'
Richard: 'Glamorous to use, but the pewter makes it uncomfortably cold to hold'
Viv: 'Too large for small hands and too streamlined for its own good. I didn't feel confident giving it a good old shake. The loose-fitting top didn't help either'
Stockists: 0171 399 0710
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Frosted plastic pounds 5
Charlotte: 'Looks like something for a kiddies' party. Lacking in any glamour'
Will: 'Slightly see-through, so good for cocktail novices who don't know how much they're pouring in. Nice grip and impressively precise pouring'
Mathew: 'A bargain shaker that also performs. Didn't leak, came apart easily and easy to clean'
Stockists (selected stores only): 0171 963 2236
Stainless steel pounds 16
Charlotte: 'The Austin Metro of cocktail shakers. Classic - but not in the Sean Connery league'
Viv: 'So small you only get a thimbleful of cocktail out of it, although it is nicely curvy and squat, like a Fifties starlet'
Lucio: 'The worst leaker of all. You have to be careful not to fill it up too much'
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