Elaborate, geared apparatus for shaking cocktails

Tinkertinker sez, "I am proud to have just finished this mechanical cocktail shaker, called The Post-Imperial Shaker. It is loosely based on a turn-of-the-century machine (the 'Imperial Shaker' of course), although mine is built as a horizontal unit so that it can be mounted on a bar-top. I built this machine for The Touring Pop-up Sideshow Saloon event organized by the Peerless Prodigies of P.T. Barnum. The first Saloon event is this Sunday, May 6th, at the General Beverage Co. in San Francisco. The Post-Imperial Shaker will be there and so will I."

The Post-Imperial Shaker (Thanks, tinkertinker!)



  1. Perhaps I just don’t have high enough quality shakers, but if I were to vice it closed like in the mounting, I’d never be able to break it apart again.

    1. Better than when they get loose.  Martini + eye = ouch.  If your lid gets stuck, hold a hot cloth around it for about a second and it will come right off.

      1. I know a few websites that could answer that question more thoroughly than you could possibly want.

  2. As a onetime barfly, I was prepared to be critical, but that’s a pretty ideal motion for mixing cocktails.

    1.  I agree it’s pretty good. However, if there was a way to rotate the shakers a little – maybe 30 degrees or thereabouts, there could be more shaking down the length of the tins instead of too much sloshing at the bottom.

      …I just forfeited my seat at the well-adjusted-not-a-cocktail-geek table, haven’t I? 

      1. Agreed, maybe even a similar device that accepts the shaker fully horizontal, that might be easier to construct than an angle between 0 and 90.

        Bonus points for someone who makes one that does a Kazuo Ueda hard shake method. Not that I’m a hard shake disciple, but it would amuse me.

  3. That video’s no good:
    1) There’s no loud thump-thump-thump music that forces you to turn the speaker volume down;
    2) 85% of the time wasn’t tinkertinker in a head shot, talking about why (not how) he built it;
    3) The editing and videography wasn’t all jump cuts, blurry CSI-style shakey camera, and ‘I can’t tell what the frak is going on’ too-short edits;
    4) It wasn’t at least eight minutes of video to explain twenty seconds of idea.

    (Great job, tinkertinker!)

  4. Why is the flywheel so damn big?  The distance to the attachment point is tiny…

  5. I got to sample a “Phineas Flip” shaken up by the dapper bar boys of Jupiter Olympus using this amazing steampunk shaker. English Harbour Rum, ginger liqueur, ale, whole egg, topped with nutmeg. Epic show resulting in frothy goodness. If you’re in the NYC area next week you can experience it in action at the Touring Pop-Up Sideshow Saloon in Brooklyn May 14. http://on.fb.me/saloonbrooklyn

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