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Win a delicious afternoon tea hamper

Here at Shake A Cocktail, we do enjoy the finer things in life. An afternoon tea is no exception, especially when it includes the possibility of some deliciously refreshing cocktails! In this month’s giveaway, the prize lets you do just that, as you can win a delicious afternoon tea...

How to make a delicious Dirty Martini

Have you ever tried a Dirty Martini? Do you know what makes a Dirty Martini “dirty”? The Dirty Martini is a classic cocktail which comprises vodka, dry vermouth and olive brine. The Dirty Martini is believed to date back to 1901, when it was invented in New York, but...

Alternatives to Russian vodka

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began in February 2022 and has shocked the world. Here at Shake A Cocktail we find it equally concerning. We have seen the news about major global brands quitting the Russian economy, and as we often do, we got to thinking about vodka. In particular,...

How to make an amazing Strawberry Daiquiri

The Daiquiri is a classic cocktail which most commonly comprises rum, citrus juice and sugar. In a Strawberry Daiquiri, the sugar (or sweetener) is optional as the strawberries already provide a good degree of sweetness. Commercially-made Strawberry Daiquiris are often made with a pre-prepared strawberry syrup mixture, but this...

How to make the perfect Mojito

The Mojito originates from Havana, Cuba and makes a deliciously refreshing drink on a summer’s day, or practically any other time of the year! The Mojito is rumoured to have origins in a medicinal drink dating back to the 16th Century. In this article, we take a closer look...

How to make the perfect Espresso Martini

The Espresso Martini was created in 1983 by Dick Bradsell, a British bartender who was famous for his innovative cocktail creations. There are a couple of variations, but we are going to show you a method with one of the best balances of flavour combinations. Read on to learn...

How to make your own coffee liqueur

Coffee liqueur is used in several cocktails, from the popular Espresso Martini to a White Russian, Black Russian, Bahama Mama, Mudslide and many others. The most well-known branded coffee liqueurs are Tia Maria and Kahlua, and these work well in cocktails. But did you realise that you can make...

Eight of the best frozen cocktails

Frozen cocktails are – as the name suggests – frozen drinks made with alcohol. While you may think that they are most suited to sitting by the pool in an exotic location, they are great at any time of year. In this article, we will look at eight of...

Why you need a cocktail shaker

A cocktail shaker is an important piece of equipment in any home bar. In this article, we take a closer look at the reasons why you need a cocktail shaker when making drinks at home. A Better Mix of Flavours The primary goal of shaking drinks is to combine...

Choosing the right cocktail shaker

When you’re ready to make some cocktails at home, you’ll need to give some thought to choosing the right cocktail shaker. A cocktail shaker is a container that allows for mixing of cocktail ingredients by shaking them together. It normally consists of a large cup, with an attached strainer...