September 23, 2006
This 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.
September 20, 2006
There 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
September 15, 2006
You 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.
September 7, 2006
Getting 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.
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.
August 29, 2006
We 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.
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.
August 23, 2006
If 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.”
; available at Amazon
August 16, 2006
We 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.
Continue reading: "Spiegelau Whiskey Rocks Glasses"
August 10, 2006
We spent a long time trying to find the perfect cocktail shaker, and for our money you can't go wrong with the Boston shaker. There's nothing wrong with those three piece shakers with the strainer built right in, but go into any bar and you'll see the bartenders frothing their little hearts out with a Boston shaker.
This set we found at Amazon is nice because it comes with a jigger and a strainer, but as you practice more you'll be able to strain your drinks just by pulling the two sections apart slightly. One thing to note - if you lose/break the included glass part you should be able to replace it with a pint glass...that's what we did.
At your next cocktail party, impress friends with your talents and taste using this polished Boston shaker set complete with jigger and bar strainer. Get the perfect mix when you measure using the glass. It gives you measurements in U.S. or Metric. The stainless shaker holds enough for two or more drinks. Pair the Boston shaker set with a favorite brand of gin or vodka and you have a great gift!
Buy the gift set at Amazon
, or if you just want a cheapy one for yourself check out Bar Supply Warehouse
(you can make your own set with a 16oz and 28oz shaker, or a 28oz and a mixing glass.)
August 4, 2006
We're all about hunkering down on the weekends, glued to the couch with the bottle of our choice. But, to quote Tenacious D, "Sometimes you gotta leave your zone of safety. You have to manufacture Inspirado. You gotta get out of the apartment. You've got to run with the wolves. You've got to dive into the ocean and fight with the sharks. Or just treat yourself to a delicious hot fudge sundae. With nuts." We feel the same way, if by "hot fudge sundae" you mean "cocktails." A good way to do that is to get your ass out there and go camping, but just because you're outside doesn't mean you can't have the comforts of home - namely, your bar tools.
GSI Outdoors makes all kinds of camp cookware and well, bar accessories for campers, and provides a link to peak62 where you can buy the products, often for less than the retail price, online. So you can find that margarita glass in stainless steel for $8.95, while plastic costs $4.95.
Of course, if you like frozen margaritas, you'll need a blender. GSI lists a hand-crank model called the Vortex that crushes the ice in your cooler to the right consistency for margaritas and other frozen drinks. It'll set you back $69.95 at peak62. For $34.95, you can get a small table that clamps to your trailer hitch, and holds your blender while you crank.
; Vortex Blender
Don't be surprised if we seem four times as happy this weekend (or at least four times as drunk). Our Octopus Tap has arrived in the mail, and we'll be putting all four beer lines to use as often as possible for as long as possible. We're trying to figure out how we can pull off four keg stands at a time, and we may try to separate off into teams of four to play a version of that game where you squirt water in the clown's mouth.
Anyway, get the full scoop on this multi-tap monster at OctopusTap.com.
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