Easy Drinks You Can Make in a Cocktail Shaker

Remember that time you ordered a cocktail? You watched, almost in slow motion, the barman jiggle with the cocktail shaker and you thought ‘That’s cool! I wanna do that!’? First thing in the morning you order yourself a same-day delivery and voilà! The next moment you’re holding your very own shaker. Sadly, since then, all you do is make an occasional Martini. But there are more shaker drinks and easy shaker cocktails for you to make.

Even if Martini is "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet" as H. L. Mencken once said, it will blow your mind to know about the variety of shaker cocktails you can easily make yourself. Here are some classic drinks to make in a shaker.


Gimlet is an easy classic example of shaker drinks that became popular in 1953. Rumor has it that it was the British Royal Navy’s main means of fighting scurvy!

The main ingredients are Gin and lime juice but variation made with vodka are common.

To prepare yourself this piecing potion you need to add…

2 ½  oz Gin

½ ounce sugar syrup

½  oz fresh lime juice

Shake well with ice but serve without. Pour in a big champagne glass, garnish with a slice of lime and enjoy!

Gin Fizz

Classical gin cocktail shaker drinks from the 1870s balance perfectly the taste of sweet and sour. If you’re not a Gin fan you can try making it with Vodka, Rum, or Tequila.

For this shaker drink, you will need…
2 oz of Gin
¾ oz of lemon juice
½ oz simple syrup or maple syrup 

Soda water

Vigorously shake all the ingredients together with ice according to your taste. 

Pour the mixture into a tall cocktail glass. For finishing touches top up with soda water and garnish with lemon.


Another easy drink to make in a shaker is the Daiquiri, which is believed to have been invented by an American mining engineer named Jennings Cox in Cuba. Originally served in a tall glass packed with ice, nowadays you’d usually find it being enjoyed in a stemmed cocktail glass. It’s one of the easiest shaker cocktails to make. 

To prepare this delicious elixir you’d need…
2 oz White Rum
¾ oz lime juice
½  oz sugar syrup

First, put the Rum into the shaker, then add ice cubes followed by the lime juice and the sugar syrup. Do some shaking, feel free to incorporate a little dance move or two. Pour into a tall or stemmed glass and dive in!


There are numerous folklore stories about the origin of the Margarita. Instead of investigating which one is true, let’s move on to enjoying one of the most famous cocktail shaker drinks.

For this, you will need…
1¾ oz tequila
¾ oz triple sec
½ oz lime juice

Salt (optional)

Shake all ingredients together with ice. Rub the rim of a margarita glass with lime, dip in salt, pour and taste!


For those of you who like easy shaker cocktails and a sweet citrusy taste, Cosmopolitan might be just the one for you! With bold red color, this easy shaker cocktail gained popularity in the 1990s.

Put together in your shaker…
2 oz Vodka

½  oz orange liqueur

¾  oz cranberry juice

½ oz lime juice

Complete your daily workout by shaking together with ice and pouring in a martini glass. Feel free to garnish with an episode of Sex and The City.

Bloody Mary

For those who like it hot, Bloody Mary is a feisty shaker cocktail that many like to personalize according to their taste. It’s a one-of-a-kind taste that many romanticize especially on the 1st of January that is unofficially claimed to be a National USA Bloody Mary day.

For this devilish drink, you need…

1¾  oz Vodka

8⅘  oz tomato juice

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 slices of lemon

a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce

a few shakes Tabasco

a pinch of celery salt

a pinch of black pepper

2 celery sticks, to serve with

This would be a lazy shake! To keep the taste of the tomato juice more pleasing to the buds, gently turn the shaker around a few times with all the ingredients in. Pour in tall glasses and add ice according to your taste. Garnish with a fresh celery stick and lemon slice. Feel free to go wild and add cucumber and olives, or splash more fire.