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Open the cool aluminum briefcase and remove your weapon of choice. Charge the pistol grip with a 16-gram CO2 cartridge. Fill the lower shaker chamber with gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, Creme de Violette, and ice. Thread the shaker top and valve onto the lower chamber. Inject CO2 into the shaker. Shake. Settle. Open. Pour. You’ve just made a delicious, sparkling Aviation.

You can use the Perlini system to carbonate cocktails and other drinks that won’t work in a traditional home carbonation system, thanks to the large opening of the three-part cobbler-style shaker. I even used it to carbonate some fresh strawberries. It comes with excellent instructions (printed, and on a USB drive) that include recipes, solid explanations of the science of carbonation, a formula to calculate optimal booze-to-ice ratios, and other important mixological physics.

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works in CG animation at DisneyToon Studios and writes for Make, Boing Boing, and other places online and in print. You can find him at and twitter @johnedgarpark — if you like that sort of thing.

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