Who doesn't want booze with fruit in it this time of year? (Don't answer that, beer people.) No, but seriously: a chilled martini glass with some tastfully placed rasperry and mint garnish, fun colors in a clear glass, something that tastes like a fancy restaurant cocktail but is simple enough for a backyard BBQ ... it all sounds perfect to me, but I've been trying without success to create my dream cocktail at home.
My trouble: No shaker. And, although I muddle and stir until my forearms are sore, the cocktails just don't taste quite right, and I'm pretty sure it's because the shaker has magical powers.
Even though I love kitchen gadgets and could just go buy a real cocktail shaker, my tiny kitchen is starting to overflow with one-use items, and I'm hoping all of you can help me find a way around this problem.
So ... what else can I use besides buying a real-live cocktail shaker? Or should I admit that this is one gadget I can't live without and just get one already?