Cocktail-Shaking Machine Is How Villains Would Grant James Bond His Last Martini Request

If something's worth doing, it's usually worth overdoing. Nowhere is that mantra more apropos than when it comes to mixing up drinks. A cocktail shaker might give you the opportunity to show off your bartending skills, but this hand-cranked shaking contraption just looks altogether more entertaining.

Built as an interactive mechanical sculpture by Benjamin Cowden, the Post-Imperial Shaker is actually based on a design from the turn-of-the-century when the industrial revolution aimed to replace everyone from seamstresses to bartenders. A hand-crank powers a chain-driven system, which turns a large flywheel, which ends up shaking the hell out of a couple of cocktail shakers. It's wonderfully over-engineered, which is exactly how we like our contraptions and our drinks.

[TwentySeven Gears via Make]