September 19, 2007
It's official - there is no reason for you not to have chilled Jager shots in your house at all times. We're not about that bottle in the freezer, either. We're talking about the full-on Jager chiller you see in your favorite bar - the one that hangs from the wall? Now you can have three of them for less than the price of an iPhone! Or you could get just one - wuss.
Either way, thank you Skymall ! [via Uncrate]
August 29, 2007
Ice cubes. Shaped like Legos. We really don't have much more to say on the subject. You can't actually snap them together, but you could build some damn good cocktails we're guessing, and get some oohs and aahs out of your friends.
Lego Ice Brick Tray[via popgadget]
August 27, 2007
We got a kick out of this ceramic juicer we found over on Popgadget, so we thought we'd share it with you. It's got a distinctive look for a juicer, with a little teapot vibe going on, but that's not the cool part. It's got a cool design that lets you flip the juicer part over and put a lid on it for storage. That's not the cool part either.
The cool part is it was designed in Cuba, and it's not available for sale because of the embargo. We're not recommending anything, but we have to say nothing would make a drink taste better than some black market juice.
Tropics Juicer [via Popgadget]
August 15, 2007
There are certain things you'd like to get, and there are certain things you have to get. We think a set of six Pac-Man glasses featuring the titular hero and all his ghosty nemeses falls into that second category. Just imagine - you can set up shots of Jager all over your house like Power Pellets. If you're going to do it, do it soon, however, because this is a limited edition series of only 2,500 sets.
Club Namco [via Coolest Gadgets]
August 14, 2007
Leave it to Gizmodo to find yet another technological wonder we just have to install in our home. This one looks like it'll give all the convenience of a robot bartender without the fear it'll go all HAL 9000 on you - or we hope so, at least.
Storing 16 different chilled liquids, the MyFountain can simply dispense a brew, or mix perfectly portioned drinks at the touch of a few buttons. Through an LCD touchscreen, users can select their ingredients and measurements of choice, or allow the MyFountain to make suggestions based upon the (vile, evil, horrid) liquids on hand.
at Digital Beverages
; plus read more at Gizmodo
while we try to scrape together the $2,500 to buy one.
August 1, 2007
Oh, man, this thing is like our Holy Grail - we just moved into a house with a pool and we've been talking about how we should get something that'll float in there and keep our drinks cool. Ask and ye shall receive in the form of the Inflatable Bar from Brando
. It's got everything - a central ice chest type thing, 6 cup holders, the works.
And we're not just seeing it for the pool - can you imagine tubing down a river with this tied to your (non-drinking hand) wrist? Let's just say you can expect to see us very waterlogged and sunburned come the end of August.
at Brando [via Popgadget]
July 30, 2007
One of the best pieces of advice we ever got about mixing drinks was about the unrecognized workhorse of the cocktail world - the ice. We were told that the ice often makes the drink, and we can understand that - do you want your Mojito to taste like like the coffee can of bacon fat you store next to your cube tray?
That's where ICEROCKS from the Water Bank of America (WBOA) come in. This specially-packaged imported French water should taste much better than whatever's coming out of your faucet or garden hose. At $5-$6 for .75L worth of water it's fairly spendy, but can you put a price on taste?
via Intoxicated Zodiac and Daily Candy
PS - If you haven't checked out the Intoxicated Zodiac blog yet, do yourself a favor and do it, especially if you're into astrology. Gwen has a knack for matching your horoscope with your cocktail, and her origin story is way better than ours.
June 27, 2007
We get a lot of questions about what's the best way to stock a home bar, especially for those who aren't willing to shell out hundreds and hundreds of dollars to do so. We're constantly meaning to do some research into the topic, but it appears someone has beaten us to the punch (and done a great job doing it). Jason Wilson at the Washington Post put together a great list with some very good advice and some limitations we can get behind (trying to stick to bottles around $20, for example).
We dedicated $200 to the basic setup: the six bottles every bar needs - whiskey, tequila, rum, vodka, gin and brandy - plus several essential mixers.
But no one drinks the same cocktail season after season. Allowing for that, we decided to dedicate an additional $100 for seasonally appropriate spirits. We purchased bottles with summer in mind.
In the end, we were able to get 15 bottles, plus the two small bottles of bitters, for less than $270, leaving us with $30 of wiggle room to allow for store-to-store price variations. And it put each bottle at an average of less than $16.
So what did our budget buy?
Find out at Mercury News
: Originally featured at the Washington Post
) [via Topix.net
June 18, 2007
We're not exactly sure how much decanting affects the taste of a fine whisk(e)y, but we're guessing there's a reason people do it. Of course, if we had a decanter as cool-looking as this Ralph Lauren leather and crystal jobby we found at Uncrate, we'd probably be decanting all over the place even if it didn't have any noticeable benefits at all. It's a bit on the spendy side, coming in at just under $400, but just think - you buy this once and you can pass off the cheapest whiskeys in the world in it, because people will see it coming out of a fancy decanter and just assume that's how it should taste.
June 11, 2007
Some days, you just need a little hangover remedy to push you over the hump toward your next drink. For us, it's generally Tuesdays through Saturdays and we doubly need it on Sundays. We usually go au naturel - we've still got a huge supply of Chasers under our bathroom sink, and we're a bit gun shy after our first experience with them. We're intrigued by the "Bender Mender" from Anatomicals, however - the website says it's a "brand favorite" of Victoria Beckham, and if Posh says it works, who are we to judge?
Anatomicals [via acquire]