How to Open a Cocktail Shaker

By Noel Stanchfield

Classic metal cocktail shakers with threaded tops can be the bane of a bartender's existence. They look nice, but have an inconvenient habit of becoming stuck together. This presents a problem because with the two halves conjoined, you obviously can't make any more drinks.

Martini shakers can be tricky.

Step 1

Empty the shaker of its liquid contents.

Step 2

Wrap the dish towel securely around the shaker.

Step 3

Tap the shaker against the bar, at the connecting point of the two halves, rotating to strike it evenly all the way around the ring of the shaker.

Step 4

Twist the two halves apart.