How To Shake And Strain

Bartending Basics Video Tutorial

How To Shake Drinks
and Strain

How to Shake drinks and the different Methods of Straining from a Shaker Tin

Learn the different methods bartenders use to shake and strain drinks in this bartending basics video tutorial. Many cocktails require them to be shaken and / or strained. While this is not difficult to do, if you don’t use the proper tools, you may find yourself serving drinks with shards of glass in them. Ouch!

Once your tin is filled with ice, choose the top you want to use to seal it – a mixing glass, a shaker top, rocks glass etc -place the opening of the mixing glass inside the shaker tin till it forms an airtight seal. Then, holding the mixing glass in place with one hand, the other holding the shaker tin, shake hard over your shoulder.

How to Shake Drinks and Strain Bartending Basics

Depending on how hard you shake the drink, you shouldn’t have to shake any more than 6-8 times before the drink’s thoroughly mixed and the tin gets frosty on the outside. This means the drink is chilled and ready to be strained.

Many bars use different methods and many bartenders have personal preferences. Some bartenders like the convenience of using rocks glasses because they are always on hand. Some prefer to use the shaker tin and others, the proper mixing glass. Only way to find your personal preferred method is to try – but you may not have the luxury of choice if your bar is not stocked properly!



[Video Transcript] Bartending Basics Video Tutorial: How to Shake Drinks and Strain

How To Shake And Strain

Hi there! Reese Richards from with another bartending tip. So, in this bartending tutorial we’re going to do shaking – how to shake your ingredients. OK. So i have some ice in here with my ingredients already in here. I have the different shaking and straining devices. So, here is my mixing glass and my shaker tin here. I have a strainer here. And i also have a different style of strainer here. It has a straining piece on top. So different bars use different bartenders and bars use different techniques, you can use the one you’re more comfortable with or the one that your bar already employs. So we have our ingredients in here. We’re going to put our glass securely on top. I’m right handed so i’m going to put my left hand on the mixing glass and my right hand on the bottom. I’m going to shake it hard over my shoulder. You can shake it from 3 to 10 times depending on how hard you actually shake it but i mean somewhere around 4 or 5 should be sufficient, 3 to 5. OK. So i’m gonna shake it hard and you want to keep pressure on it to make sure that it doesn’t spill. Now i want to move it up so i could break the seal. Now here are the different ways you can strain into the glass. So you just have these two – shaker tin & mixing glass, you can go this way and just make sure that the ice does not come out. And you can stray this way here or you prefer or you can use a strainer and here you might use this for shots for shooters, you can strain right into the glass like this, or you can use this one here and you could have shaken with this already. Ok, you already have shaken with this and now you can pop the top off and you can pour. OK. So let’s say we go this way here to finish it off. A lot of bartenders don’t like using the mixing glass, instead they use a regular glass – rocks glass, works as well. Which you don’t want to do is improvise and use something like two glasses and think that if you do something like this then you can create a shaking tin. Never ever do this. Its gonna chip the top and it doesn’t have a seal anyway. It’s really bad right here. Make sure that you get a shaker tin. Okay there you have it, shaking and different methods or ways of straining. My name is Reese Richards, this has been a bartending tutorial from Thanks a lot.

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Reese Richards aka "the Barman" is a 20+ year veteran of the bar industry and founder of His goal is to bring the joy of bartending to as many people around the world as possible by producing high quality content in the form of articles, interviews, infographics, recipes, videos and training courses.