Aug 17, 2014 2:33 PM GMT
Eric Prum, left, and Josh Williams created the Mason Shaker, a cocktail shaker that incorporates a Mason jar.
I recently had a cocktail called the "Porch Swing" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle. The cocktail was served in a Mason Jar. How weird? Then I found:
NYT: Until several years ago, the simple Mason jar was more likely to be found in the nooks of grandmothers’ pantries than on retailers’ shelves. It was salvaged from near extinction by millennials who have fetishized the jars in photographs on Instagram and Pinterest.
Sales of Mason jar lines, Ball brand jars, have doubled since 2001.
Though the Mason jar has become a symbol of hipness, it started as a necessity. In 1858, John Landis Mason found a way to preserve fruits, vegetables and other perishables when he devised a lid that screwed to the threaded-glass lip of a jar over a rubber ring that sealed previously boiled contents.
“A hundred and fifty years ago, these jars meant survival,” says Douglas M. Leybourne Jr., a Mason jar expert and collector, and the author of books in a series called “The Collector’s Guide to Old Fruit Jars.” “You have a house full of people, and it’s wintertime. You couldn’t go down to the store — there wasn’t one.”