You may or may not have heard of Jason Crawley, the Sheffield born lad who has achieved wonderful things within the global drinks industry. Without spending an age listing his entire life’s work, it is suffice to say that over the last twenty years he has been involved in a very diverse range of international bar operations, has worked for the likes of (ex)drinks giant Maxxium and has pioneered award winning bartender training programs across Europe, the US and Asia. Since 2000, he has resided in Australia (the lucky devil) and is now a very successful entrepreneur with a host of awards and accolades (not Adelaide!) .
His latest endeavor involves a 200 year old Victorian drawing of a cocktail shaker machine entitled “The Imperial Cocktail Shaker” (functional as opposed to imaginative!). These records were found in some form of antiquated document and it has been Jason’s “lifelong aspiration to finally get the shaker ready to view and sell”.
The machine is simple to operate, users crank the handle on the front of the device and pistons get the four shakers attached to the top move up and down and side to side to mix your cocktail ingredients together. These contraptions are pretty intimidating, six-foot tall in stature and constructed from powder-coated cast iron with solid brass fittings. The astute amongst you may have connected the dots and realised the materials used are strongly linked to Crawley’s Sheffield heritage – his Grandfather used to work in the steel plants of yesteryear.
Jason describes the shakers as the “finest in elegant Victorian antiquity, craftsmanship and high-end luxurious addition for those who choose the fine and rare things in life“. A bold statement but one that is probably justifiable! If you class yourself as someone who “likes to drink in the fanciest way possible”, again Jason’s words, please don’t get too excited just yet! Only twelve have been produced and they have already been sold (except one which has been donated to the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans).
However, we are following this closely and will be reporting on any further developments. All this talk of cocktails has given us all a dry mouth and, what with World Margarita Day on the 22nd of Feb, we have devised something very special for all you cocktail aficionados out there. It is with the enthusiasm of Mr. Crawley that I present to you our brand new range of Complete Cocktail Kits!
These are easy one click bundles that provide you with all the alcohol required to create a delicious cocktail. What’s even better is that all these kits are offered to you at a discount when compared to buying the products individually – convenience and value for money all in one neat little bundle!
We decided to launch the new range with a selection of margarita recipes;
Please click through and have a look at what each kit contains – I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised!