August 10, 2006

Boston Cocktail Shaker Set

Boston Cocktail Shaker SetWe 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.

Product Description
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.)

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August 4, 2006

Cocktail Gear for Camping Out

Vortex Crank BlenderWe'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.

via News.com; Vortex Blender is pictured

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Octopus Tap Arrives for Review

Octopus TapDon'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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August 3, 2006

Outdoor Swing Top Bar/ Liquor Cabinet

Outdoor Bar and Liquor CabinetTo coin a phrase, there's always room for drinking outside. We've found a nifty weatherproof outdoor bar with chairs from Brookstone that will look great on your porch, deck, or the sidewalk in front of your house. Just make sure you order it soon enough that you can enjoy it while it's still summer.

Product Description
Bar folds up and rolls against the wall for space-saving storage of your favorite beverages. Open, it reveals a large cabinet space with shelves for wine, liquor bottles, glasses and more, and two drawers for openers and accessories.

Smooth-rolling casters make it easy to move and position the bar where you want it. When not in use as a bar, it doubles as a liquor cabinet. Matching bar chairs fold for easy storage (Sold Separately). Arrives Fully Assembled. Open: 70 w x 19 d x 40 h. Closed: 30 w x 19 d x 41 h.

Outdoor Swing Top Bar/Liquor Cabinet at Amazon.

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July 17, 2006

Waring Professional Ice Crusher

Waring Ice CrusherBig old ice cubes have their place, but there are some summer drinks that need crushed ice in them. Whether you think crushed ice completes the look, makes your home bar seem more professional, or you subscribe to the "smaller pieces means more surface area of coldness" theory, it's time to start crushing your ice.

For a while we were just putting cubes in a sandwich bag and smashing them with the toaster, but we've discovered a sweet ice crusher at Amazon that simplifies things immensely. When we checked, it'd been marked down from $130 to $79.95...nothing wrong with that.

One note - people are complaining that this thing doesn't shave the ice small enough, but we've been happy and think about it...we're not here to make snow cones, we're here to get messed up.

Amazon Product Description
The Waring Professional Ice Crusher can hold up to 12-cups of ice and crush up to 30 lbs of ice per hour. It features a brushed stainless steel housing, an ice chute attachment and sharp stainless steel blades for commerical mechanism.
via Amazon

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July 13, 2006

Cocktail Vibe Cocktail Glasses Review

Drinking in the Name of ScienceWe've been seriously stress-testing the Cocktail Vibe glasses that arrived at the Liquor Snob offices last week. The interns have been scurrying around like ants as we sequestered ourselves near the liquor cabinet...err, in the testing lab...bringing us the crushed ice and limes we needed to perform our strict diagnostics.

So do Cocktail Vibe glasses live up to our expectations, and make it worth it to cash in on the 10% discount or free shipping offers they're currently running? Read on to find out.

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May 30, 2006

Advanced Drinking Gear from Cocktail Vibe

Test Tube Shot GlassesGenerally, it takes more than a cool shot glass or highball to make us sit up and take notice. In fact, we're much more interested in the contents of the vessel than the vessel itself, and nine time out of ten you can serve our drinks out of a chipped coffee mug or old tennis shoe if it's going to get us where we're going. But sometimes we come across some barware that really catches our eye, and the glasses over at Cocktail Vibe have done just that.

Not only does the site carry striking barware from cocktail glasses to highballs to shooters, it also accompanies each with a recommended drink recipe for when it's "down the hatch" time. From the "Bond. James Bond" that accompanies the Conical Martini glass to the Bronze Twilight you'll find with the Portofino Goblet, this is an idea we could learn to stand behind. Don't just sell us the glass...tell us how to fill it up!

We'd show you more, but they really don't make it easy to link to their individual product lines, so you'll have to check out all the different glassware varieties, from Martini Vibes to Bubbly Vibes to Shot Vibes, for yourself at Cocktail Vibe. Oh, and if you're wondering about the test tubey shot glasses pictured above, they're called the Laboratoria Shot Set...you'll have to do your own experiments to find them.

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May 10, 2006

The Poker Drinkware Collection

Poker Cocktail ShakerWe're not huge gamblers here at Liquor Snob, mostly because we like to keep a limited number of addictions. We do, however, like to play the odd game of poker, and we know quite a few folks who enjoy getting a little blind while they play Texas Hold'em. We've found an interesting set of cocktail implements with poker themes, so you can jazz up your next poker night or just spend your winnings.

Each piece is sold separately at Target, and you can also buy them at Amazonfor the poker player in your life. Read on to learn more about this interesting set:

Your monthly poker night started out with a folding table and some paper cups, but it’s grown into quite the snazzy event. Serve your full house of players with this Poker drinkware collection. The pieces are made of glass and embellished with red and black suit symbols. The set includes beer mugs, highballs, double old-fashioned glasses, shooters, martini glasses and shaker, olive picks, swizzle sticks and coasters. Each sold separately. Dishwasher safe. Imported. Bullet: Poker-theme drinkware Bullet: Glass with black and red suit symbols Bullet: Beer mugs, highballs, double old-fashioned glasses, shooters, martini glasses Bullet: Cocktail shaker, olive picks, swizzle sticks and coasters Bullet: Dishwasher safe; imported
Plus, if you're interested in mixing your gambling with your boozing, check out the Roulette Shot Glasses we found.

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March 28, 2006

Lazy Drinker

Lazy DrinkerSince the dawn of time, man has yearned to find an easier way to get his drink on. Well, maybe not since the dawn of time, but at least since the invention of the Kegbot and the AI Bar, and our newest discovery, the Lazydrinker. It's basically a cooler hooked to a laptop so you can mix drinks without getting out of your La-Z-Boy, or you can build your own and install it in a fridge, mini fridge, baby stroller, whatever.

The Lazy Drinker quite simply is a computer controlled mixed cocktail dispensing device. It's designed to hold 16 ingredients and multiple units can be chained together to get more. By using a series of pressurized valves, the ingredients are mixed automatically by your computer perfectly every time. With a database of over 5000 drinks, you'll have plenty to choose from.

The Lazy Drinker comes assembled in a cooler or as a do-it-yourself kit which can be installed in any manner you desire. Requiring only a Co2 tank and a PC with a serial port, the Lazydrinker can be set up anywhere: from a portable dispensing unit, to a bartop installed unit, to a refrigerator mounted unit, the possibilities are endless.

Most likely to be a Lazy Drinker was our superlative in our college yearbook, so we're definitely interested in trying this guy out, though we're still a little nervous about the introduction of a computer into our drink mixing. With our track record, our laptop would end up soaked in nine kinds of booze...maybe we'll have to get a couple of the interns to stand guard, towels at the ready. Anyway, check out the Lazy Drinker site while we figure out how to waterproof electronics.

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January 20, 2006

Friday Fun: The Book Bar

Book Bar!Love to drink? Hate to read? Have a crapload time on your hands? Maybe it's time to take all your books and turn them into a bar? Introducing the Book Bar. This thing was created by some Stanford types, so they're probably all philosophy or engineering books or something - if you ask us, you should make yours out of naughty books.

Over the past summer a number of Vestal Designers lived in the same house, a 70s-era ranch west of Palo Alto. As it was on a golf course, and had an actual vineyard attached, we referred to affectionately as "The Vineyard" and had a lot of social gatherings there.

One of our non-Vestal housemates worked at the Stanford library, and his job included the task of throwing away old books, which apparently the other librarians couldn't bear to do. We decided to rescue these books from that awful fate - and what better use for them than a bar from which to entertain our frequent guests?

Check out the process and see more photos of the Book Bar.

via B3TA Newsletter #212

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