You Could Win This Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker!

November 12, 2012 | By | Comments (441)
Mason Shaker

Photo by Ralph Anderson

Leave it to Virginia natives-turned-Brooklyn hipsters to come up with the most spirited take yet on the endlessly useful Mason jar: a cocktail shaker. Everyone here at Southern Living is all shook-up over the Mason Shaker, featured in the Holiday Gift Guide in our December issue. It’s festive, practical and super-Southern. We’ll drink to that!

You could win this cocktail shaker!  In the comments section below, tell us your favorite use for a Mason jar. Our favorite answer wins the shaker. The contest begins now and ends December 31. Click here for official rules.

Let’s hear how you up-cycle the Mason jar!


  1. Susan Tilley

    …Use them to store the extra button and thread that come with shirts, sweaters and other clothing.

    November 13, 2012 at 2:27 pm
  2. Robin Hunter

    I store my jewelry in them on my dresser.

    November 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm
  3. deb richards

    To make specimen containers for mad scientist party. Canning. putting a string of battery operated lights in for luminaries, storing small objects such as nails and pins

    November 13, 2012 at 11:34 am
  4. Meghan M

    I use them to hold the wet sponge/wand next to my kitchen sink. It makes the mess look a bit more classy!

    November 13, 2012 at 11:14 am
  5. Courtney

    Using them to store homemade peach jam each summer!

    November 13, 2012 at 11:09 am
  6. Angelia Howard

    To give mixes in for holiday gifts.

    November 13, 2012 at 8:22 am
  7. MJ

    Iced tea

    November 13, 2012 at 7:06 am
  8. Gloria

    I give them to friends and family at Christmas, filled with my homemade peppermint schnapps.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:20 pm
  9. Ellen

    I use mine as soap dispensers, small 1/2 pints for storing spices in, and then I also store things in them – dried peppers, coffee beans, etc.

    November 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm
  10. Tammy

    I use my mason jars to store bathroom items like cotton balls and q-tips. The blue jars are really pretty for this sort of thing. I also use them to store pantry items like dried beans.

    November 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm
  11. kel pearce

    Canning everything

    November 12, 2012 at 8:06 pm
  12. patticake

    I use mason jars to drink real southern sweet tea out of. Made with lots of sugar & Lon judt the way God intended!

    November 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm
  13. Patricia Zoulias


    November 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm
  14. Missy Fitts

    I love to serve cocktails and wine in the small ones. Use the large ones for mixing salad dressings and marinades and of coarse canning green beans in the summer.

    November 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Use Mason for my cocktails in summer~winter for my salad dressing~I use them all year long.I also do crafts with them,so pretty filled with lights:-)

    November 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm
  16. Ladonna manis

    Raspberry Lime Flavored Water (beautiful color and mildly tart) — Quarter 2 limes; with your hands, squeeze the juice into the jar, then throw in the squeezed lime quarters. Add raspberries. Press and twist with a muddler to release some of the juices (don’t pulverize the fruit). Fill the jar with ice, then add water to the top. Stir, cover, and refrigerate.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm
  17. Tanya

    I make jar cake using my mason jars. Then I put fancy ribbon on and give them to friends as gifts.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  18. Lucinda

    Simple, I drink my sweet tea with lemon out of them. May have to add a little Jack Daniels to this one.

    November 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm
  19. Betty Rogers

    I use them for food storage,and making green tea in them

    November 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm
  20. Jennifer Thompson

    I use them instead of tupperware-style containers, for storing soup and other leftovers in the frig. This is aside, of course, from using them for canning!

    November 12, 2012 at 4:56 pm
  21. Janet Gushleff

    Use them for everything! Screws, nails, nuts & bolts in the garage; store pecans & walnuts for baking in the refrigerator; store string & twine & pull thru a small hole in the top.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm
  22. shirlee roberts

    I just made Apple Butter from my Apple Tree and canned it in Mason Jars, I think my Grandkids could smell it cooking a mile away. They showed up for their jar or two to take home. As they were leaving I ask them to return the jars if they wanted them refilled.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:21 pm
  23. Brenda D

    I use them for Christmas gifts in a jar,(like bean soup, brownies, and such), for storing ready made salads in the fridge, for candle holders, vases for flowers, holding candies, button and different little things. I also use them for what they were made for, canning vegetables and jellies. In fact, I use them for everything!!! They are great!

    November 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm
  24. Gerri Faggart Nash

    Vases for fresh cut flowers!

    November 12, 2012 at 3:47 pm
  25. Stacey Caletka

    As a wine glass!! Hot glue a glass candle stick on the bottom!!!!

    November 12, 2012 at 3:46 pm
  26. carol wessel

    I have used them for all the above ideas. Main thing is for broth to make gravy.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm
  27. Lori

    I have several blue mason jars…they were my grandmother’s….just knowing her hands were on them make them special to me. During Christmas I put a string of lights in the jars….what beautiful glow they give….very peaceful…

    November 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm
  28. Kathy Hubbard

    One of my handiest usages for mason jars is after painting a room in my house, I fill a mason jar with the leftover paint and simply write on the lid with a marker as to which room it belongs to. Painting touch ups are super easy when all you have to do is unscrew the lid and grab a foam brush that can be thrown away afterwards!

    November 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm
  29. Guin Reese

    Save used bar soap in mine to make bubble bath.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm
  30. Rachel Sauls

    I love to use them as vases for flowers with raffia tied around the jars. So pretty and southern.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm
  31. Terri

    Storing leftovers and taking salads for lunch to work.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:18 pm
  32. Melanie Ryder

    Love to use them to catch lightening bugs. My girls loved that when they were little.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm
  33. Mary Beth Rigsby

    On this day of giving
    From Southern Living
    My Mason Jar is filled with Sweet Tea

    November 12, 2012 at 3:15 pm
  34. Lara Smith

    Salad! Dressing in the bottom to keep the greens from wilting and when you are ready to eat: Shake and enjoy!

    November 12, 2012 at 3:14 pm
  35. Josh

    Is there anything better out of a mason jar than moonshine

    November 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm
  36. Jennifer J.

    I like to infuse my olive oil with different dried herbs in a mason jar.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:04 pm
  37. Linn

    Taking iced coffee or other cold beverages to work with me.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm
  38. Ann Lowry

    Our son is named after Mason jars!!! promise!! While he was growing up, birthday parties, sleep overs, or when he had friends over, I would serve them in Mason jars, on honor of their host. Birthdays, I would fill them with jelly beans, and his guest would have to guess the number of beans, to win the jar filled with the candies.

    Now, I serve ice tea, margaritas,& beer in the jars

    November 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm
  39. Sheila

    I take my liquid soap and put it in my mason jars and put in a plunger …so much better than those old plastic bottles on the counter ..
    Love my mason jars …so cute and practical

    November 12, 2012 at 2:58 pm
  40. Gail Littlejohn

    I have Mason jars for storing the SCOBY used to make Kombucha Tea with. For shaking and storing dressing for a salad, e.g., cole slaw. I also use them to keep a little of the leftover maple bacon grease in to be used later in making a warm bacon vinaigrette for potato salad.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:56 pm
  41. AJ Ratliff

    no better use than as a good old drinking glass

    November 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm
  42. Tim Glenn

    I use a quart size for iced tea with a half of a lemon.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm
  43. tina kelly

    would love to have this

    November 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm
  44. Sharon

    Holding tea bags!

    November 12, 2012 at 2:49 pm
  45. Barbara Roberts

    My Mason jars are precious to me…I use them for canning and giving away some of what I can….asking that they give me back the mason jar so that next year I can repeat if the crop is good ….. pickles, beans, tomatos, soup, spaghetti sauce, and then between canning seasons, if some tea is left over at the end of the day, there is always a mason jar near buy to put the little bit in so I have the picture for fresh tea the next day….Love em….

    November 12, 2012 at 2:47 pm
  46. discusshf

    Crawdad menagerie.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm
  47. Alison Shepard

    I use the smaller mason jars for rubs for steak, chicken, pork or fish!

    November 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm
  48. Vera


    November 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm
  49. Melissa Dil

    I use it as a cup with lid and straw for my daughter and all her friend. We love them.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm
  50. K Gillispie

    Mixing up my salad dressings

    November 12, 2012 at 2:41 pm

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