The Boston Cocktail Shaker: Tin or Glass?

Boston Steel Shaker

What’s better – shaking up your cocktail tin on tin or tin on Boston glass. To be honest, it doesn’t make much of a difference. Technically both options count as a Boston cocktail shaker. At Beaumont we are passionate about all things cocktail, so we always strive to create the most effective cocktail experience. Before we tell you the secret as to why our Boston cocktail shakers are the best, let’s find out who started using them in the first place.

History of The Boston Cocktail Shaker

The original cocktail shaker is believed to date back to 7000 BC. It was invented in South America. But the cocktail shaker we think of, was created in the mid-19th century. Before it became a must-have bar accessory, the bartenders used to create mixed cocktails by rapidly pouring the liquids back and forth between two glasses. Luckily someone put two and two together, no pun intended, and realised that putting the two glasses together was a much better option.

George Foster was credited by The New York Times for his description of the modern shaker, written in 1848: “With his shirt sleeves rolled up, and his face in a fiery glow [he] seems to be pulling long ribbons of julep out of a tin cup.”

As with any new idea, people started tweaking it and adding changes to the concept of a cocktail shaker. After the bad ideas fell away, three types of cocktail shakers made it through to the final round of staying in circulation. The cobbler shaker, the French, and of course the Boston.

Creating the Perfect Shaker

Yes, the name Boston shaker hints at its origin. The modern cocktail shaker was developed and perfected in America. A drinks shaker is not rocket science, it has remained simplistic from the beginning. It was always a combination between either two tin cups or a tin cup and glass. Its sole purpose is to mix different liquids together.

The Cobbler and French are simply variations on the Boston shaker. By the late 20th century the name had stuck, and so the Boston cocktail shaker was born. Over the years it evolved, and the improvements perfected the cocktail making process. The early versions used tin, or nickel-plated material. The high society used sterling silver. But the big game changer was the invention of stainless steel.

The Beaumont Boston cocktail shaker is made from high-quality stainless steel. This wonderous compound looks stylish while being highly durable. Most importantly, it’s very close to being completely rust-proof.

Let’s Get the Party Started

To create the perfect tin-on-tin shaker, you can combine the Beaumont 28oz Boston tin with the 18oz Boston tin. You can also combine a Boston tin and a Boston glass. This way you can keep an eye on your concoction, offering you more control over the cocktail making process.

A Boston cocktail shaker is great for creating a double-sized cocktail or a larger drink. And it’s perfect if you need to capture smoke. With the tin-glass combo you can create more cocktails. Also, this Boston cocktail shaker variation is a great way to impress customers at your bar.

To Tin or To Glass

If you are looking for the best seal option, you must stick to the tin-on-tin shaker. The tin-on-glass shaker has the nasty habit of sometimes leaking, despite all your efforts to perfectly fit them together. It’s a case of inconsistency in the materials, the point where the glass meets the tin. The Japanese Koriko shaker was the first tin-on-tin shaker to create a leak-proof seal. Beaumont learned from the best and our tin-on-tin shaker is just as effective.

Boston Glass Shaker

Stainless steel provides the ideal heat insulation and absorption. Whether you want your cocktail deliciously warm or delectably cold, the tin-on-tin option will do the trick. From a hot toddy to a Moscow Mule, your cocktail will come out perfect every time. But some bartenders still prefer to stick with the glass-on-tin option – a tin-on-tin shaker can become unbearably cold.

Both the Beaumont 28oz Boston Can and 18oz Mini Boston Can are made from durable stainless steel. This ensures product longevity, offering you great value for money. The cans are suitable for glass washes and other cleaning methods. Even after strain and consistent use, the Boston tins will keep making amazing cocktails. Want to jazz things up a bit more? Then our copper plated tin-on-tin shaker is just the thing for you. Or why not splurge on the stylish antique brass tin-on-tin shaker?

Boston Steel Shaker


A Shaker to Stand the Test of Time

Our manufacturing process is highly unique in the market. The average Boston cocktail shaker will feature a single or double point weld, attaching the Boston tin bottom to the rest of the tin. The problem with this manufacturing technique, is that the welding points weaken, causing the bottom to detach from the Boston tin. Our Boston cocktail shakers stand the test of time because our welding points circle around the whole circumference of the Boston tin.

One of the biggest challenges when using the tin-on-glass Boston cocktail shaker, is to not break the glass when separating the two. After wear and tear, the palm slap on the bottom can cause the glass to shatter. Or if your bartender is a little bit clumsy, a bump against the counter can also cause breakage. By using the Beaumont tin-on-tin Boston cocktail shaker, this hazard can be avoided.

Beaumont Loves Shaking Things Up

We don’t want to reinvent the wheel, or in this case the shaker. But at Beaumont we are always striving to remain at the forefront of the cocktail industry. Our product designers constantly research new trends and developments. We want to offer you high-quality, functional, and affordable products.

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