Monkey Shoulder is bringing retro back into the world of bartending with the Konga Shaker. With its vintage rotary action, the Konga Shaker looks set to change the way cocktails are made.
Cocktail shakers with rotating handles were once the must-have item in the 1930s. However, under mysterious circumstances, the rotating shaker had been reduced to just being a part of private collections and auctions. Now, 75 years later, the rotating shaker is about to make a comeback in top venues all around the world thanks to Monkey Shoulder.
Hailing from Dufftown, Scotland, Monkey Shoulder is a malt whisky blended from three of Speyside’s finest single malts, using ex-bourbon casks. The three malts are then blended together in a small marrying tun for up to six months. When the mix is ready, it is first taste-tested by master cooper and blender Brian Kinsman before receiving its triple monkey badge and getting bottled to be sent to bars and homes worldwide.
Manufactured in its original design, the Monkey Shoulder Konga Shaker retains its stainless steel cylinder, red plastic handles, with subtle branding on the base. Improvements are made to the sieve to simplify assembly and pouring. The increased size allows between three to four cocktails to be made simultaneously, significantly cutting down on customer waiting time. Using the Konga Shaker is a combination of throwing and stirring, which helps control the dilution and chilling, producing better drinks.
The Konga Shaker is set to change more than just drink mixing. According to Dean Callan, Monkey Shoulder Global Brand Ambassador, cocktail bars are starting to take themselves too seriously these days. The Konga Shaker brings with it new levels of theatre, sociability, and great-tasting drinks. Bartenders can put on a show making drinks, while also interacting with guests as the Konga Shaker makes do without the racket of other shakers.
While the Konga Shaker is not up for retail sale yet, Monkey Shoulder has distributed 250 shakers to various bars around the world. Consumers in Jakarta eager to see the Konga Shaker in action can head down to LOLA, Olivier, 3rd Avenue, The Sofia and other selected bars.