"People from a planet without flowers
would think we must be mad with joy the whole time
to have such things about us."
~Iris Murdoch, A Fairly Honourable Defeat

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Vintage Thursday: Shaken not Stirred

Many years ago, my friend Karen's daughter collected vintage drink mixers. She has some of the most beautiful pieces you ever saw. I just fell in love with the crome and bakelite style and finally bought one for myself. At some point Karen's daughter sold her collection and I have always wished that I could have bought a few of them from her. Now, they are real collectors items and as I researched them, on line, I found that they are very expensive.
The one that I bought all those years ago, is made of "stainless crome" with a black Bakelite handle and produced in Brooklyn, New York by Forman. (I think this is what it says. It's hard to see.) What I love the most is that all the drink recipes are ingraved on the bottom of the mixer. It tells you what the name of the drink is and whether to "shake" or "stir" it. Drink names like Clover Club, Side Car and Palm Beach make you want to mix one up and rent an old 40's movie for the evening. My Dad's favorite was the Manhattan(without the bitters). I can still remember the smell of a Manhattan and the parties that my parents had in the 50's. Great food, singing at the piano and everyone having a good time.
When I look at this old mixer I think of all the good times my parents had together and also, how much drinking was done then. It was so acceptable..., so was smoking. A drink in one hand and a cigarette in the other. Why not..., all the movie stars did it.

We don't have big parties here on the farm. Mixing drinks for a crowd doesn't happen very often. Never did. So..., now I use it for a vase. Looks kind of nice with French Pussywillow in it. Doesn't it? Humm.., French Pussywillow..., sounds like a good name for a new mixed drink: 1/3 Gin, 1/3 Kahlua and 1/3 cream and some ice. Shaken not stirred.


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22 comments:

ClassyChassy said...

Great new use for a great vintage item!!! Thanks for sharing!

Stephanie said...

ohhhh I really like this piece! Very fancy :) Great display with the pussywillows too!

Madeline's Album said...

What a wonderful piece. I know you enjoy it and it looks great with the pussy willows in it. It is nice that it brings back memories of your father. have a great day. Madeline

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What a wonderful piece! I remember my parents having parties too. Big parties with everyone with drink in hand, cigarette smoke hanging over head and others crowded around the pool. I was just a little girl back then.
We have parties and we do get to mix drinks now and then, but it's just the easy stuff...rum & coke, 7 & 7.

Becky said...

That is very nice. I like the mixes on the bottom, too.

Do you grow your own pussywillow? I want to but I missed it bare root and not sure I can find it now.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

The shaker is still in such good shape, yep the 50's and 60's were the time for Mixed drinks. I have collected several shakers but gave them to DIL for her collection. Yours looks nice with the flowers in it.

Julie said...

Love it how you have it displayed! Your blog is really cute!

Jo said...

How times have changed.... I have always loved the looks of a whiskey sour. Don't ask me why. When I was a lot of years younger I got sick on a boiler maker dare and have not been able to even smell whiskey without it turning my stomach. Hope you are having a great week.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

so creative of you! nice way to display flowers!.. Happy VTT

CC said...

How beautiful..and even more so with the pussywillows. Happy VTT and have a wonderful weekend.

Coloradolady said...

Oh, I really like this as a vase! Cute idea. Great post for VTT. Thanks for showing us your treasures.

Susan said...

Love the new use for the shaker. I just read Ian Fleming's Casino Royale and in that book James Bond is never without a cigarette and a drink--shaken not stirred.

Protector of Vintage said...

What a neat item! It looks great with the pussywillow. Have a nice evening!

jojo said...

that is quite a find...how lucky for you. very interesting too, thanks for sharing ;D

Karen Deborah said...

sounds wonderful and how cool! i enjoy a nice drink now and then and love a party!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

what a fabulous thing and perfect for displaying your pussy willow..very classy :)

Sarah said...

This is definitely a classy looking shaker...almost art deco. It has a much gentler purpose now sheltering those beautiful pussy willow!

Postcardy said...

I have never made a mixed drink, but I like the look of the old cocktail shakers.

Jan Ely said...

What a great item! I like it but love that you use it for those beautiful pussy willows.

Joanne said...

Beautiful shaker! I still have my favorite ones, especially the red bakelite handle and the tortise shell handled ones.

Lisa said...

Thanks so much for visiting my blog AND for giving me the name of the homer laughlin creamer pattern!

Yoo Hoo! I appreciate it!

Kate in NJ said...

I have a couple vintage shakers picked up somewhere. My Grandmother just passed away, and we have been talking about all the parties and partying that went on
back then.