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Openers, Shakers & Bar Tools

Complete Your bar setup with Rapids Wholesale's bar equipment and bar supplies. Choose from a wide selection of bottle openers, corkscrews, cocktail shakers, and other bar tools that will help you complete your bar setup in no time.

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What is a Cocktail Shaker and How Is It Used?

A cocktail shaker is a tool that is commonly used to mix alcoholic beverages through shaking. Ice is usually placed in the cocktail shaker, which cools the drink quickly before it is served.

A shaken drink or cocktail is prepared by adding all the ingredients (usually fruit juices, syrups, liquor, and ice) in the cocktail shaker. The concoction is then shaken vigorously for around five to ten seconds, depending on the ingredients and bar customer's desired temperature.

History of the Cocktail Shaker

The origin of the cocktail shaker can actually be traced to South America as early as 7000 BCE, where the jar gourd was used as a container that could be closed. In addition, as long ago as 3500 BCE, Egyptians were already adding spices to their fermented grain beverages before they were served, to make them more drinkable. In 1520, a drink made from cacao was served frothy and foaming from a golden cylinder, which served as a very early drink shaker.

Close to the end of the 19th century, the modern cocktail shaker was already widely used. It was invented by an innkeeper who, while utilizing two containers to pour drinks back and forth, noticed that one container's mouth was smaller than the other. The innkeeper held the two containers together and shook them; thus, the cocktail shaker was born.

Cocktail Shakers Available Here at Rapids Wholesale

We at Rapids Wholesale have a wide range of drink shakers available. Our cocktail shakers can be used as an excellent shaker of both nonalcoholic mocktails and cocktails and can be used as an excellent martini shaker. 

All our three-piece cocktail shakers are made of durable stainless steel and come in 10-ounce, 12-ounce, 16-ounce, 24-ounce, and 28-ounce sizes.

A Look at Bottle Openers

A bottle opener is a tool that facilitates the removal of metal bottle caps from drink bottles, most commonly sodas and beer. In general, corkscrews can be lumped under the category of bottle openers. Wine corkscrews are used to remove cork or plastic stoppers from wine bottles.

So how do bottle openers work? A metal bottle cap is affixed to the rim of the neck of a bottle by being pleated or ruffled around the rim, thus effectively closing the bottle. A bottle opener is used as a specialized lever that is inserted beneath the pleated metalwork of the bottle cap. The person using the bottle opener uses a point on the bottle cap as a fulcrum on which to pivot, and with a quick upward or downward motion (depending on the kind of bottle opener used) of the bottle opener using the hand, the bottle is opened.

Different Kinds of Bar Bottle Openers

There are several types of bottle openers. Wall bottle openers are commonly found in bars, taverns, or pubs, while hand-tool bottle openers are commonly used in the home or other domestic environments.

Here are some different types of bottle openers:

A simple bottle opener is usually a spartan piece of metal with a rectangular or rounded opening in one end and a solid handle big enough to be comfortably gripped between the thumb and forefingers on the other. The opening contains a lip that is positioned under the edge of the bottle top or crown, pulling it off when upward force is applied to the handle end of the opener. This type of bottle opener is small and durable and is very portable.

On the other hand, the speed bottle opener is a flat blade of steel that is around four centimeters wide and sixteen centimeters long, with a thumb hole at one end and a letterbox cut at the other to remove the crown seals from a bottle. The thumb hole is effective in helping pull bottles out of ice which is done by placing the hole over bottleneck and then lifting the bottle. The speed bottle opener is widely used by professional bartenders in various countries but is more commonly used in Canada, in the United States, and in the United Kingdom. The speed bottle opener is carried in the pocket or against the body or on a zip string. This type of bottle opener is both convenient and fast for use by the modern bartender.

A wall-mounted bottle opener is attached to the wall to allow for simpler bottle-opening, which can be done with one hand. The bottle cap or crown can fall into a bottle-cap catcher mounted below the opener, or can be retrieved after removal from the bottle.

Other Kinds of Bar Tools Available at Rapids Wholesale

Aside from bottle openers, corkscrews, and cocktail shakers, we at Rapids also have other tools for serving and preparing liquor. Choose from a wide selection of wood muddlers, lemon/lime squeezers, ice tongs, ice scoops, cocktail strainers, bar spoons, funnel sets, margarita glass rimmers, and jiggers.

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