I’m not much of a drinker, I must admit, but I have a great fondness, nevertheless, for great looking barware. All the different shapes of glass, the arcane tools, the endless hours of amusement I’ve gotten from watching others take one drink too many…good times, my friends, good times.
But if there’s one thing about barware that I love above all others, it has to be the cocktail shaker. There’s just something about the shape of it, the gleam of silver, the sound of the ingredients sloshing inside, being turned from a group of distinct flavors into one frothy (or not so frothy, as the case may be) concoction. It’s a form of modern alchemy, and I find the tools endlessly fascinating.
In this case, too, there’s nothing like a classic. Take, for instance, that handsome silver shaker pictured above. Ralph Lauren has created it in utterly pitch-perfect Art Deco style, which is, I think, the best possible look and feel for cocktail shakers. It stands a handy 9″ tall and is made of silver-plated brass. The best thing of all, though, is the perfect taper, the graceful lines. Even if you never use it to create martinis, it’s worth having just so you can look at it as a piece of elegant design.
At the price it’s going for right now, it’s well worth getting just to look at, too! Originally priced at $295.00, it’s been marked down to just $104.00!
Perhaps I’ll get one to mix cranberry juice cocktails in….