The Post-Imperial Shaker

This cocktail shaking machine is based on a turn-of-the-century machine called an "Imperial Shaker",

and was built as part of The Touring Pop-up Sideshow Saloon event organized by the Peerless Prodigies of P.T. Barnum. Technically, this machine uses a flywheel driven by a hand-crank, which pushes a 'crank-slider,' or pivoting piston. At the end of the crank-slider is 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.


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5 Responses:

  1. Funny, it almost looks like it's based on a certain kind of machine one might find at the SF Armory.

  2. Art Delano says:

    Are the drinks better from the shaker on the inner part of the cycle or the outer part of the cycle?

  3. Andrew says:

    Sadly any additional customers such a device might attract to a bar is probably more than countered by the vastly decreased throughput, lost counter space, etc.

  4. Steen says:

    "Jared, we all chipped in and got you something."

  5. Jason Heilig says:

    This guy was my old neighbor in Oakland. He fooking rools! He had a contraption that made drinks by pulling levers as well. Super nice guy.

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