History of the cocktail shaker

The three-part metal cocktail shaker with a built-in strainer and cap that we use today was patented in 1884 by one Edward Hauck of Brooklyn. It came to be known as “the cobbler shaker” after the sherry cobbler, a popular drink of the day made of sherry, sugar, ice and orange or lemon. While Old-Fashioneds and Manhattans should always be stirred, you should reach for the shaker if your cocktail includes juice, egg or egg whites, milk, or anything else cloudy.

Source: The New York Times Magazines’ “Who Made That?” feature, Sept. 7, 2014


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