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Why does my cocktail shaker get stuck?

If your cocktail shaker is getting stuck, there could be a few reasons for this issue:

  Temperature and condensation: When you shake a cocktail, the cold temperature can cause condensation to form on the metal parts of the shaker. This condensation can create a vacuum seal, making it difficult to separate the two parts. To avoid this, you can try running the shaker under warm water for a few seconds or use a towel to provide a better grip and twist the parts apart.

  Overfilling: If you fill the shaker with too much liquid or ice, it can cause the ingredients to expand, putting pressure on the shaker and making it harder to open. It’s best to fill the shaker only about two-thirds full to allow room for proper shaking and to avoid excessive pressure buildup.

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  Tightening too much: While it’s important to ensure a tight seal when shaking your cocktail, over-tightening the shaker can also make it difficult to separate the parts afterward. When closing the shaker, give it a firm but not excessive twist to create a secure seal without making it too tight.

  Wear and tear: If your shaker is old or has worn-out parts, it may become more prone to getting stuck. Check the condition of the shaker, especially the rim and the seal between the two parts. If it’s damaged or worn, it might be time to consider replacing it.

  Remember to exercise caution when trying to separate a stuck cocktail shaker to avoid injury. If you’re unable to open it, using warm water, a towel for grip, and applying gentle force should help resolve the issue.

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