Piemonte Cocktail Shaker - 21 cm Height - Handcrafted in Italy - Pewter
Any occasion, from intimate dinner to full blown party, will be enhanced by this iconic bar-tool, providing one of the most enjoyable and entertaining techniques in drink preparation. The pewter cocktail shaker is of traditional 'cobbler' design - the iconic cocktail shaker style. Handcrafted in Italy by specialist pewter craftsmen, its gently aged and sleek good-looks add style, drama and authenticity to your mixed and chilled drinks.
The Italian pewter cocktail shaker is made up of 3 easy to assemble and disassemble parts, incorporating a measuring cap and strainer, perfect for separating ice and any other solid ingredients - fruit, herbs and so on - from your finished drink.
Societies have been mixing drinks in vessels for thousands of years and antecedents of the cocktail shaker date back to 7000 BC in South America and 3500 BC in ancient Egypt, though the modern shaker, as we know it today, dates from the 19th Century. 20th Century America saw the 'Golden Age' of cocktail shakers, throughout the 1920s prohibition era and Silver Screen glamour, reaching a climax in the late 1930s after the double stranglehold of both prohibition and the Great Depression ended. Its popularity waned during the Second World War, and afterwards, but the cocktail shaker, though, is going through something of a 21st Century revival.
The cobbler-style shaker is extremely easy to use. It is a simple process, add your measured, chosen ingredients to the vessel, fill ¾ full of ice, and then ‘shake’ in short, sharp snappy movements - go with your intuition – 10 seconds is the norm, longer if your mixture contains thicker and heavier liqueurs and mixers. The shaking will be mixing, chilling, aerating and diluting the contents to the ‘right’ mix. When water begins to condense on the surface of the shaker the cocktail should be sufficiently chilled and ready. Simply pour, the strainer is built in, garnish if you want to and enjoy.
Cocktail shakers made from other metals, such as aluminium, can oxidise and react with the alcohol and acids in cocktails, and a commonly held view is that it creates a 'brassy' aftertaste, as well as leaving tarnish marks. Stainless steel is admittedly tarnish resistant, but considered too utilitarian and not elegant enough for cocktails. Pewter is therefore an ideal choice. The pewter used to make this classic piece will only tarnish if left with alcohol in overnight, but most people are loathed to leave their tipple unfinished – unless it has been a particularly raucous party!! Any darkening simply lends soul to the pewter anyway, but can easily be removed, though some people prefer to see the darkening, as along scratches and dents, it can add character, in what is a soulful metal.
The Italian pewter cocktail shaker is part of the popular Piemonte range from Cosi Tabellini.
Size: Height 21 cm, Diameter 10 cm
Weight: 675 g
Materials Used: Pewter
Designers: Alberto Tabellini, David Reiss
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100% Lead Free
All Cosi Tabellini Pewter is 100% lead-free, so it is totally food & drink safe, and is both EU and US FDA approved.
Cosi Tabellini pieces come gift-boxed with a guarantee card and instructions on how to care for pewter.