They aren’t just for martinis! From emulsifying salad dressings to decanting fine wines, these stainless-steel (or glass) devices have a million other uses

Stainless-Steel Cocktail Shaker
Stainless-Steel Cocktail Shaker

Don’t let your cocktail shaker hog space in the cupboard in between parties. The stainless steel (or sturdy glass) sides can take a beating under extreme shaking, which means it’s an emulsifying, latte-making, wine-improving machine. Here are four ideas for using the tool beyond the bar.

Shake a Shakerato

Make an almond-milk shakerato (basically a frothier iced latte) by combining 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar, a double shot of espresso, 1/2 cup of Malk Organics cold-pressed almond milk, and 1/4 cup of ice cubes, and shaking vigorously for 10 seconds.

Make a Mess of Dressing

Whip up a week’s worth of salad dressing by combining a 3-to-1 ratio of extra-virgin olive oil and Wild Groves balsamic vinegar. Add 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard and shake until fully emulsified.

Syrup Is Simple

Quickly make a batch of simple syrup for iced tea or lemonade (or cocktails) by combining equal parts Bob’s Red Mill fine-crystal cane sugar and water and shaking until fully dissolved.

Decant, Then Decant Again

A shaker set is essentially two decanters, which makes it ideal for double decanting. Pour an age-worthy red like the 2016 Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Syrah several times between the two vessels to aerate the wine and soften the tannins.