A tool, without which no professional bartender can work normally, is proudly called a "shaker". What kind of thing is this? - you ask. Read more about this. The above-mentioned device, in addition, is just a wand-rod for people who use sports nutrition.
Shaker is what?
Very interesting and tasty cocktails, of course, can not be cooked without the above device. Shaker is what? Fans of fine drinks claim that it is a very important tool that allows a bartender to create a truly delicious drink.
Shaker is what? Specialists note: in translation this word from English means "shake". That is, during the shaking process, several ingredients-spirtuozes are thoroughly mixed, after which they are cooled by ice.
The shaker, the price of which depends on its kind, is not a very cheap treat. For example, a set of cocktails "Boston" costs from 1800 r. and the most common French device is about 1650 rubles.
Classification of shakers
They differ among themselves in the following indicators:
The choice of the shaker depends on the purpose of use.
Another name for this device is European, or standard. It consists of three main parts:
- a glass;
- the upper cap;
- a cover and a strainer for filtering off the liquid from the ice.
How to use the cobbler shaker? Very simple:
- In a glass, place all the necessary components of the cocktail.
- Hermetically close it.
- Shake the device for about 8 seconds.
Ice in this short time, of course, will not melt, but it will cool the drink well enough. After a good stirring, the cap should be removed from the strainer and poured into a beaker.
The device of this kind is very convenient for the bartender-beginner, since it is quite simple to use and special skills in working with it are not needed.
The above device is also called American. It consists of two main parts:
Working with it is very simple:
- Ice should be placed in a steel cone.
- All the main ingredients in the cup.
- Before you start shaking, it is recommended to drain the melted water from the cone.
- Shake the shaker for about 10 seconds.
- The resulting cocktail should be poured into a glass.
It should be noted that the above form of this device is designed for a barman with experience, so there is no strainer in it. If necessary, it can be purchased separately (under the name "strainer").
This device is characterized by the following characteristics:
- streamline shape;
- small volume;
- conveniently placed in the hand;
- there are no small details.
It should be noted that the above shaker is not very suitable for a bartender. The fact is that he has a small amount, with an abundance of customers simply will not be able to prepare a sufficient amount of cocktail. This device is streamlined and designed for home use.
Other kinds of shakers
The French cocktail set is the most uncomfortable in the work. The main advantage of the above device is its volume. It consists of two main parts: a steel cone and a glass cup. "To blow" the French set for cocktails in general can not be opened.
Another option for mixing cocktails is the speed shaker. What's this? The bartender uses a glass with thick walls, in which it is going to serve this drink, immediately as a glass beaker.
Shaker for sports nutrition
The above device is designed for quick and easy mixing of protein mixtures, substitutes for nutrition and protein-carbohydrate cocktails. A sports shaker can have a plastic mesh. It is designed to break down the lumps of the mixture and produce a homogeneous mass.
A sports shaker may not have this special net. Then instead of it inside such a device is a ball, which breaks a variety of lumps.
These kits for sports nutrition are made of plastic, silicone or metal. Shakers from safe plastic up to 750 ml are the most popular among athletes. They are very convenient to use, because the usual portion of a carbohydrate-protein cocktail is about 350 g of powder, in which liquid is added.
If the athlete uses a mixture of protein, that is, casein, concentrates or isolates, then it is quite sufficient for a device with a volume of 500 ml. The fact is that the portion of protein that is necessary for the organism of such a person is only 44 g. It also needs to be topped up with liquids.
Experts say that when buying such a device, you need to pay attention to the presence of thread on the lid. The fact is that such a shaker is more reliable, because it is less likely to open suddenly and accidentally leak. In addition, such a kit for mixing sports nutrition is much easier to close.
Use such a device to prepare a special food for athletes you need immediately before consuming the protein mixture. If it is prepared in advance (about a few hours), then bacteria can form in it.
Of course, for athletes, the most economical and convenient device for use in a gym is the shaker. Its price depends on the volume of the cup and the material from which it is made. For example, a set for mixing sports nutrition from safe plastic can be bought for only 390 rubles. (volume 1000 ml). The same shaker, but which can hold only 700 ml of the mixture, costs 280 r. Set for sports nutrition, made of metal, 700 ml, can be bought for about 600 p.
Tips for making a cocktail in a shaker
To make the prepared drink really gorgeous, you need to observe some simple rules for its preparation:
- Ice cubes should be exceptionally large.
- The maximum shaker shaking time is 10 seconds.
- Only metal cones can correctly convey the temperature of the drink to the hand.
- There is a sequence of pouring alcohol in the shaker: first - strong alcohol (loose components), then fruit juices, and only then - liqueurs and syrups.
- Do not add carbonated drinks to the device! They will just break the shaker.
Basic Shaker Selection Criteria
As already mentioned, buy the above device, depending on the purpose of its use.
Very good quality is a metal shaker, which is made of stainless steel. Such a device allows you to feel the temperature of the drink by hand.
If the bartender chooses a shaker to perform juggling, then experts say that for this purpose more suitable than the cobbler is not.
Choosing a metal shaker, you need to pay attention to the thickness of its walls. The thicker they are, the better the device. With a thin wall to open the "blow" shaker just will not work! Also, experts say, sometimes there are cases when parts of the shaker (due to the fact that its walls are too thin) just freeze.
Shaker - an excellent device for mixing a variety of ingredients.