In a world that speeds up more and more with each passing second, a courageous few – and we count you among them — find it satisfying to see people take the time to do things the proper (albeit often slightly more complex) way, and Benjamin Cowden’s “Post Imperial Shaker” is exactly the type of spectacle of which we speak!
Based on a turn-of-the-century machine called an “Imperial Shaker,” the device you see in the video uses a flywheel driven by a hand-crank, pushing a crank-slider (or pivoting piston.) At the end of the crank-slider there’s a carriage where two cocktail shakers live. The elliptical motion produced by the crank-slider lends itself to mixing cocktails, as the ingredients are swirled horizontally as well as vertically.
It goes without saying (but we’ll take this moment to do so, as you know how we feel about shortcuts) that this contraption would almost certainly mix best with a gin that is as peculiar as it is well crafted. That gin being Hendrick’s, of course! So, with that in mind, we leave you with a link to a few most unusual concoctions from the fine quaffers at Hendrick’s.