Flair Bartending Lesson #71: Cocktail Shaker Split to a Stall

First things first, make sure you are already comfortable with last week’s move, the Cocktail Shaker Split Behind the Back. Make sure you can land that 90% of the time before you move on to this week’s move.

As for the hardware: make sure you are using two 28 oz. cocktail shakers. Whether you prefer weighted cocktail shakers or unweighted cocktail shakers is up to you (check out this video to see why I prefer the weighted ones.)  In the lesson I’m using two 28 oz. powder coated neon cocktail tins –  you can get fancy colored ones like this if you want or you can save a few bucks and just get the normal ones. Whichever you choose, just make sure: 1) you get 28 ounce tins (not 16, 18, or other), and 2) you get two of the same tins.

So, all we are doing differently in this week’s move is stalling the right-hand cocktail shaker (the bottom one of the stack, which travels the furthest.) We’re still catching the other tin with the left hand, to keep things easier, so we only have to focus on the stalling one tin.

Make sure you are also already comfortable with the Stall and the Flip Stall. In these videos, we learned it with a bottle, but you should be practicing this with a tin as well.

Once you’re good to go on those previous moves, this should just take a little bit of practice to synthesize them all together. Remember, you are not “dead-handing” the stall; rather, be sure to cradle the catch and give a little movement in order to land the tin.

If you’re having a difficult time with this, try doing it in front of you (not from behind your back.) Also, it never hurts to go back to the basics and practice just the basic stall and the flip stall over and over.

Flair Bartending Lesson #70: Cocktail Shaker Split Behind The Back

First things first: let’s talk hardware. For this move make sure you are using two 28 oz. cocktail shakers. Whether you prefer weighted cocktail shakers or unweighted cocktail shakers is up to you (check out this video to see why I prefer the weighted ones.)  In the lesson I’m using two 28 oz. powder coated neon cocktail tins –  you can get fancy colored ones like this if you want or you can save a few bucks and just get the normal ones. Whichever you choose, just make sure: 1) you get 28 ounce tins (not 16, 18, or other), and 2) you get two of the same tins.

Alright, now let’s talk about the move, starting with the grip. Stack the two tins, one inside the other, and place your thumb inside while wrapping your 4 fingers down the outside of the tin. Make sure the tins are not stuck together – it helps to keep the inner tin raised about an inch from the bottom of the other tin.

Next, holding your arm out to the side with your elbow facing you, let the tins swing like a pendulum in front of you. Practice this move Continue Reading » Flair Bartending Lesson #70: Cocktail Shaker Split Behind The Back