September 28, 2006

Designer Liquor Bottle Caddies

Liquor RobotThese 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).

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September 26, 2006

Piet Hein Drink Cooler Balls

Drink Cooling BallsSo 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).

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Pewter Star Wars Bar Set

Star Wars Pewter Bar SetAttention 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.
via ThinkGeek

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September 23, 2006

Shots Liquor Console by J.P. Meulendijks

Shots Liquor ConsoleThis seems like a damn cool product, but try saying that name ten times fast...the way we sound it out it reminds us of an after-hours show in Tijuana (Mule and what!?). Anyway, the table itself is just as cool as the name of its creator, with 10 angled recesses designed to hold wine or liquor bottles. Plus, you can either lay it down flat as a coffee table, or stand it up on its side so it's more like a little bar. The design's pretty damned futuristic looking, though we're not sure why they're associating their table with the old ultraviolence (check out the Clockwork Orange pic in the background). Must be a dutch thing.

The Shots Liquor Console is made of hard poly vinyl with a scratch-proof coating, and will set you back around 795 Euro, or just over a grand American. Learn more at N-U.nl.

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September 20, 2006

Violin Bottle Carrier

violin-bottle-carrier.jpgThere are some days when you just want to get all gangster. And no, we're not talking gangster like wear a bandana, slap on some bling, hold your gun sideways while you shoot gangster. We're talking pin stripe suits, cigars clenched in teeth, carry your tommy gun around in a violin case.

Or, maybe you just want to smuggle a bottle of Southern Comfort into band practice. Either way, check out the violin bottle carrier we've found that will live up to either need.

** LIQUOR NOT INCLUDED ** Holds one bottle in a beautifully flocked velvet lined interior. The outside of the bar is covered in black leather with nickel metal fittings. It is complete with handle. This is a conversational piece with real utility. Available in black only.
Pick one up at Internet Wines.

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September 15, 2006

How to Build a Kegerator

Pre-Kegerator FridgeYou know you've dreamed it, at least once. You know you've stood around that bucket on your porch, watching the keg lolling there in the icy water, thinking "Ye gods, if only I had a refrigerator mechanism to keep the beer cold so I wouldn't have to drink it all right now!" OK, so maybe you didn't start with "Ye gods" and you probably weren't looking for an excuse not to drink beer.

That's all beside the point, however...the most important thing is that you need a kegerator and you need it bad. We've found instructions for how to make one over at Kegerators.net, outlining everything you need from refrigerator specs to power tools. Of course, they're also assuming you're building your kegerator out of parts you bought from them, but that's not the end of the world is it? If you need more info, we've also found a "How to Build a Kegerator" FAQ.

Or, if that's too much trouble, you can buy a kegerator pre-made - you lazy bastard.

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September 7, 2006

Pedrini 8-Piece Professional Cocktail Set

Pedrini Cocktail Tool SetGetting sick of shaking your cocktails in an old spaghetti sauce jar and straining them through your colander? Class up your drink making operation with Pedrini bar tools from Amazon - you'll have everything from a Boston cocktail shaker to a strainer to a lemon zester at your disposal, plus it all comes in a cool-looking wooden stand.

Amazon.com Review
Ideal for either the professional or just the weekend bartender, this eight-piece cocktail set has everything needed to whip up some strong drinks. All eight pieces of the set are made from sturdy stainless steel and reside comfortably in a sturdy wooden base that would look great resting on a wet bar in the den or perched on an outdoor table in the backyard.

The set includes a cocktail strainer, a round mixing whisk, a bottle opener (or "cap lifter," if you want to be smart about it), a lemon zester, ice tongs with teeth perfect for gripping either slippery ice cubes or bothersome guests, a citrus fruit knife, a measuring glass, and a shaker. The measuring glass features recipes for seven favorite cocktails (margarita, alexander, martini, Tom Collins, daiquiri, manhattan, and whiskey sour) printed in both English and Spanish.

via Amazon

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August 29, 2006

Riedel Ouverture Tequila Glasses

Ouverture Tequila GlassesWe keep telling you you shouldn't drink your tequila - especially the good stuff - solely out of a shot glass. Now you'll have another option. Bully for you.

Product Description
Shaped for extracting full enjoyment when sipping tequila, the four glasses in this set have narrow bowls on long, slender, stylish stems. Part of the moderately priced Ouverture series offered by world-renowned Austrian glassmaker Riedel Crystal (founded in 1756), they're lead-free.

That means they're not crystal like Riedel's premium glasses but are machine blown of potash glass and are dishwasher-safe. Their thin rims are cut and polished to Riedel's exacting standards, so tequila flows easily onto the tongue and flavor is enhanced. Each glass holds 6-3/4 ounces and stands 8-1/4 inches high.

via Amazon

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August 23, 2006

...And a Bottle of Rum

And a Bottle of Rum Book CoverIf there's one thing we like more than drinking rum, it's reading about drinking rum. We'd heard about And a Bottle of Rum but hadn't gotten around to reading it yet, but we plan to pick it up at Amazon on the strength of the review we just found at American Heritage.

In his spirited new book, And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails (Crown, $24), the travel writer Wayne Curtis enshrines rum in the pantheon of things American. “Rum,” he says, “is the history of America in a glass.”

Rum has a democratic personality that suits an American drink. Of all the spirits it is the least likely to forget its lowly origins. What were those origins? Sugar cane, which had come over with Columbus, thrived in the West Indies. At first planters discarded molasses, the tar-colored byproduct of their sugar refineries. Someone, probably on the island of Barbados, got the idea of letting the stuff ferment and then distilling the mash to produce a drinkable quaff along the lines of brandy. Rum began its life, Curtis notes, as “the distilled essence of fermented industrial waste.”

via AmericanHeritage.com; available at Amazon

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August 16, 2006

Spiegelau Whiskey Rocks Glasses

Spiegelau Whiskey Rocks GlassesWe really like the look of these rocks glasses we found at Amazon. Not only do the reviews say they offer the heft and sturdiness we demand from our glassware, the fact they're used in restaurants gives us an idea of their durability as well. Plus, they come in a set of six so we'll have enough for entertaining, or just for drinking alone for an entire week if you throw in a day of rest (or maybe just wash one).

Read on for more details.

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