Frisky Whiskey Bottle (ca. 1963-69)

"Frisky Whiskey" bottle produced  by Poynter Products, Inc. of Cincinnati Ohio. The copyright date is 1963. Approximately eleven inches tall.

Kindly donated by William Bashaw.

According to the label on the front of the bottle, it was produced by the fictitious Oak Ridge Distilling Company, aged by radiation and tested with a Geiger Counter. In reality, it is an empty plastic container with a battery powered motor inside that causes the bottle to shake violently when it is picked up. That's what the label is referring to when it states "you will note its 150 proof strength from the moment you pour."  Since it comes empty, it is up to you to fill it with your favorite beverage.

The earliest reference that I have found for the "Frisky Whiskey" is a brief mention in the December 13, 1965 issue of the Odessa American. It was said to add laughs galore to a Christmas party - exploding cigars were also recommended. The following year, it was advertised as a great Father's Day present (Cincinnati Enquirer, June 12, 1966):

"Frisky Whiskey bottle looks so innocent . . .watch the unsuspecting dad pick it up . . as he starts to pour, the bottle starts vibrating to shake his hand uncontrollably."

For what it is worth, the phrase "whisky makes you frisky" apparently dates back to the late 1800s.

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