The Professional Waring Martini Mixer.*
How well does it shake; how well does it stir?
The little platform that the shaker rests in pulsates up and down for abut 40 seconds; press the buttons again for an extra long shake. As a result, the Martini is given a lot of “mini shakes”; hard shakers eat your heart out.
Martini aficionados may notice from the picture that then drink is clear where as a shaken martini is usually cloudy. I can only think that the mix is not shaken with sufficient force to aerate or “bruise” the gin. Overall a very pleasant drink with an apparent lack of dilution, the gin really shines through, clean crisp and weighty.
As both drinks are made in the stirrers, the drink is merely rotated rather than stirred; there is no paddle inside to stir the liquid, the shaker just rotates.
Taste: Noticeably less cloudy than the shaken Martini (a good start for any stirred Martini),
I found the mixer very useful for drinks that need to be shaken for a long period of time, such as the Ramos Gin Fizz (9 minutes), but, beyond that, I have found it easier to get out my usual shaker and use a bit of elbow grease.
The machine has some flair: the little LED lamp and its quirky, robotic movements are two attractions, but, as for you, the organ grinder, you just have to stand there and wait.
Showmanship Score: Machine: 4 out of 5, You: 1 out of 5
This is very curious and no-one has come into our kitchen without commenting on it and asking to see it demonstrated. As it runs on the mains and is easily stocked (with ice and spirit), I’m usually happy to oblige.