We have discovered one of the most amazing cocktail shakers on the planet. It's imaginative. It's aesthetic. It works. And once we had the chance to sample this little piece of genius we decided that everyone on the planet who makes cocktails needs to get one too.
Eric Prum and Josh Williams are the inventors/designers/cocktail shaker aficionados behind the Mason Shaker®. We caught up with Eric last week to learn more about their creation and here's what he has to say.
This Girl: How did you conceive of the idea for this mason jar shaker?
Eric: Josh and I were random roommates our first year of college- we soon found ourselves throwing impromptu cocktail parties and late night get togethers, and frequently made cocktails using makeshift mason jar cocktail shakers. A few years, cocktails, and designs later, we finally came up with the four-piece design that works and looks the way we had envisioned it.
This Girl: What advantages does your shaker have over traditional shakers?
Eric: The Mason Shaker® has a few really cool things going for it- the mason jar itself has both metric and imperial markings on the actual glass, and the cap is exactly one shot, which helps a lot as well. The four piece design is easy to use, and you can actually see what you are mixing up- pretty fun overall. The Ball mason jar has a thirty-two-ounce capacity as well- which is great for making and serving a few drinks at a time.
This Girl: Where were you and what were you drinking when you had your first cocktail?
Eric: I was in Virginia and had a particularly delicious and simple Old Fashioned- really good!
This Girl: Clearly you have a talent for breathing new life into mundane household objects. What can we expect from you next?
Eric: We have a great design space in Brooklyn and are constantly bouncing around ideas for spring and summer this year- we have a great summer cocktail kit in the works- stay tuned for more from W&P Design.
This Girl: What is your favorite spring cocktail to make in your shaker?
Eric: In the spring I tend toward more floral and fresh cocktails and absolutely cannot resist a good mint julep, but my favorite would be the Cel-Ray Spring tonic:
The Cel-Ray Spring Tonic Underutilized celery leaves, cucumber, lime and ginger ale come together in this verdant spring cocktail, which pays homage to the classic New York deli fixture: Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray Soda.
Ingredients Makes Two Drinks 3 shots of Good Vodka (Josh & Eric love Tito's Vodka too!) 1 Large Sprig of Celery Leaves (From the Top of the Celery Stalk) 6 Slices of Fresh Cucumber 3 Slices of Fresh Lime ½ shot Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice Good Ginger Ale
Directions I. Combine the Celery, Cucumber, Lime Slices and Celery Sprig in the Mason Shaker™. II. Muddle the ingredients together in the Shaker until fragrant. Add the Lime Juice and Vodka to the Shaker. III. Add Ice to above the level of the liquid, cap and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. IV. Strain mixture into rocks glasses containing large cubes of ice and top with Ginger Ale.
To order one of these shakers for yourself, click here. To enter our giveaway and win one for yourself, leave a comment below with which cocktail you'd make first in the Mason Shaker®, or ask Eric and Josh a question! A winner will be drawn at random on Friday at 5:00PM PST.