The party problem: You wanna shake things up with fancy cocktails at your next party. However, you don't own a cocktail shaker and you're not really in a rush to run out and buy one either.
The party trick: Use a Mason jar instead.
It's true: A mason jar is just as good at mixing up cocktail ingredients as a real-life Boston shaker (did you know that's what the classic stainless steel gadget is technically called? You're learning so much today!) Simply fill the jar with ice and pour in your ingredients.
When it's time to shake, you can replace the lid and the screw-on ring if you are worried about making a mess, but if you have an extra strong grip, you can just use the lid. Shake away and then pour.
You can even make a lid that will double as a strainer by drilling or hammering some holes into the lid. (This goes without saying, but just in case: Do not use the strainer as the lid when you're shaking!) Once all your holes are punched out — 15 to 20 along the bottom half of the lid should do the trick — use a piece of sandpaper to remove any extra metal bits that may still be hanging on the lid. Why? You don't want to end up drinking them. Note: You can also hold an un-drilled lid slightly askew while you pour.
This hack might remind you of The Mason Shaker (above), which you've seen online and comes with a special strainer attachment? The store-bought version is certainly cute, but it's also an extra expense, which you were trying to avoid in the first place, right? Just grab one of the dozen Mason jars you already have and you'll be good to go.
Buy (if you want to!): The Mason Shaker, $17