Greetings adoring fans,
I am sorry I have not been entertaining you with my endless caninely wit, but I have been preparing for a new series on Twitter called “Home Bar Must Have Basics.” It will be a survival guide of sorts (for BOTH boy and girl scouts) on the necessary tools required for well prepared and properly functioning home bar. You just never know when those need to impress Jones’ will pop over!
But let this post be a pre-cursor of sorts to the home bar necessities… enter the all important COCKTAIL SHAKER!! I will prattle on next time about WHY you need a cocktail shaker and the functional qualities it should have… but for now, let’s just purely talk form… as in good looks… as in bar top eye candy… as in gorgeous “afraid to use them” vintage shakers.
Conveniently, a rather savvy man named Mark Bigler (whose personal mantras include “Life’s a Party!” and “Happy Shaking!”) has created a website called… ready for it… www.cocktails.com.
Here he has collected, “collected” being the operative word as he is a curator of unique and beautiful vintage cocktail shakers and shaker sets from all eras. Some are available for purchase and some are just there for you to drool over while the caption beneath says “currently on museum display,” which, like the Crown Jewels, means you can’t have it.
There are Cobolt and Ruby glass shakers, silver shakers, pink elephants, vintage Revere shakers, and even a Lady’s Leg!! Some of the most impressive pieces can be found within his own private collection, see the above photo of a rare 1936 Manhattan set designed by Norman Bel Geddes including cocktail shaker, the matching tray, and a full set of eight of the very most rare matching cups! Simply Exquisite!!
Prices on these beauties range from $100 to over $1000, but as we all know, you can’t really put a price on timeless beauty.
Winefully (and Shakefully) Yours- Bennett