November 27, 2006
Everybody needs somewhere to keep their liquor. That is, you need somewhere to keep your liquor when you haven't had an opportunity to get it inside you yet. We've found a handy dandy mahogany cart that doesn't exactly look like it belongs in Buckingham Palace, but is way cooler than leaving your bottles on the living room floor next to the TV.
The cart has wheels so you can get mobilly drunk in your home, plus a storage drawer, racks for six bottles, and a nice little spot for your decanter and glasses. Does it get any better than that?
Amazon - Liquor and Wine Cocktail Bar - Mahogany
November 14, 2006
Yesterday we waxed a bit poetic about the Screwpull lever corkscrew, and today we're taking a look at a bar tool set by the same folks. We dug the look of the thing right out of the box, all modern and sleek looking. There are a bunch of great tools in there, all high quality stainless steel - a bar knife, strainer, double-ended bar spoon (slotted and solid), a lemon zester, and ice tongs. The fact that they're steel is important, because the coolest thing about the bar set is that it's magnetic.
After you use a tool all you have to do to put it away is get it somewhere near the base and let go - it'll swing on in and stick. This is pretty crucial after you've used the tools to craft a couple rounds of drinks - you probably won't be too concerned with where your bar tools end up, but at least through the power of magnetism you'll have a chance to get them where they need to be. We thought the magnets were plenty strong, and while we couldn't get the spoon and tongs to magnetize to the side we were able to drop the spoon in the center of the console and hang the tongs off the side.
All in all we're happy with our bar tool set and we're looking forward to mixing up a whole lot of drinks with it. The tools are comfortable in our hands, and we're also secretly hoping the magnetic waves will also exude into our drinks and give us some kind of superpowers. Here's hoping. Learn more at Le Creuset and head over to Amazon to get a Screwpull Club Brushed Stainless-Steel 6-piece Magnetic Bar-Tool Setfor yourself or for a gift.
November 13, 2006
October 25, 2006
If you know anything about us, you know we're all about making our drinks doubles. Might as well...you're pouring it anyway. What, does it strain your wrist to dump out an eight count instead of a four count? Poor baby. These Riedel H20 double old fashoned whiskey glasses are just what the doctor ordered, made of lead-free glass with lots of space for lots of booze, plus you even have plenty of room for ice, if you're one of those people who likes to minimize their grimacing by chilling their drink.
Amazon: Riedel H2O Whiskey/Double-Old Fashioned Glass, Set of 2
October 5, 2006
Everybody loves throwing parties, but sometimes being the host gets in the way of the actual partying. If you're not the type who likes to flit around freshening everyone's drinks, you're the type who'll be interested in the Drink Tender. Fill it up with beer or mixed drinks, add some ice to the internal cooling chamber, flip on the light, and suddenly everyone knows where they can get their own damn drinks.
It holds 80 oz of liquid, it sits on a lazy susan base for easy access, and it's available at Amazon.
October 4, 2006
Everyone knows mixology is a precise science, and we've often been asked by bar newbies about how bartenders calculate the right amount of booze to put into a drink without using a jigger. It's not magic, and you don't have to be a Booze Whisperer to be able to get the flow down at your home bar.
Y'know those cute little silver spouts you see sticking up off all the liquor bottles? They moderate the rate of flow as the booze exits the bottle, and you can calculate exactly (more or less) how much liquor is exiting the bottle. Just remember that a four count gets an ounce and a half shot into the glass. With some practice you can get your Mississippis right and sling the right amount of liquor every time without having to break out the measuring cup.
Pick up a set of six chrome bottle pourers to get you started at Amazon.
September 29, 2006
We'll probably be laughed right out the door of next week's Alcoholics Unanimous meeting for posting about this, but we just stumbled across some novelty liquor dispensers we thought would make great gifts. After all, Chrismukkah is right around the corner. Anyway, we know most of our readers like to drink directly out of the bottle, but who wouldn't want one of these crystal and silver conversation pieces around?
Liquor Fire Hydrant
Perfect for the fireman (or firebug) in your life, this contraption will let you pump flammable materials out of something that usually puts out fires. Alternately, you and your friends can set it flowing and run through it like inner city kids on a hot day. What fun! (at Amazon)
Liquor Gas Pump
Perfect for auto enthusiasts or any drunk on the go, this contraption lets you fuel up in style. But remember - don't smoke cigarettes or operate cell phones within ten feet of the pump. Oh, and don't give into your initial thought to mount this on the dashboard of your car - good idea on paper, bad in practice. (at Amazon)
Liquor Slot Machine
This has to be the best slot machine in the universe because every time you pull this old one armed bandit, you get a hot. Luck be a lady tonight - we're getting tipsy! (at Amazon)
September 28, 2006
These cool bottle caddies (they make them for wine and liquor bottles) put us in the mind of the kindly Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. They're all handcrafted and unique, and pretty damned cool for a $70-$80 pricetag. The only downside we see is it looks like the caddy might make that bottle of Jack a bit inaccessible, but just think - get a bunch of them, attach them to you bottles and it'll look like you have an army of liquor-filled guard robots in your bar. Start your army now at OccasionsMP (via CoolBuzz).
September 26, 2006
So we just came across these Piet Hein drink cooling balls, and we're torn. Oh, we're not torn about the product itself, which is a stainless steel ball filled with liquid you store in your freezer to cool down drinks without watering them down. Nope, that seems pretty straightforward, especially since the balls are made with stainless steel and won't change the flavor of the liquid in any way.
The problem we're having is which movie to quote as we talk about it. The front runners are Glengarry Glen Ross (You know what it takes to cool down a drink? It takes BRASS BALLS to cool down a drink!) and Dune (Piet Hein reminds us too much of the planetologist Liet Kynes). We're leaning toward the whole Glengarry angle, but while we're soul searching, check out the Piet Hein coolers at Unica Home (via Uncrate).
Attention all fellow geeks...why the hell were we not informed?
Enjoy a slice of inter-galactic opulence with the Star Wars Pewter Bar Set. You get all four pieces: Darth Vader (corkscrew), Yoda (wine stopper), C-3PO (foil cutter), and R2-D2 (bottle opener). This bar set is solid pewter, and sturdy enough to withstand even a Wookie wedding celebration.