Just in case you’ve been wishing for an espresso machine that’s shaped like a car engine, we bring you the Espresso Veloce V12 Machine ($TBA). Limited to just 500 pieces, this insane machine is handcrafted from common automotive materials like aluminum, magnesium, and titanium, and features a filter that resembles a coffee filter, dispensers that resemble tailpipes, and other little touches that tie the Veloce to its racing inspiration. Perfect for the garage, racing-themed man cave, or just a standard kitchen that happens to use a Ferrari as a dinner table. Source:Espresso Veloce V12 Machine
No matter if you’re drinking vodka, gin, rum, or whiskey, your booze of choice came from a plant of one form or another. the Drunken Botanist ($12) takes a look at this grand tradition of fermentation and distillation, with tons of information and stories about various drinks. And should you think it’s all just boring facts, rest assured that the 400-page book also contains over 50 drink recipes, as well as growing tips for those looking to grow their own garnishes. Source:The Drunken Botanist
Tired of your growlers going flat before you have a chance to finish them? Well then drink faster! Just kidding — you should look into a TapIt Cap ($45). This clever new gadget fits over your growler’s opening, ensuring that the beer in your growler stays fresh, carbonated, and ready to drink. Thanks to a slot that accepts standard-sized CO2 canisters and a built-in tap and tap handle, it turns your growler into a handheld keg and tap, perfect for barbecues, social gatherings, or anytime you want fresh, draught craft beer. Source:TapIt Cap
Liven up your next gathering by letting Bartendro ($500-$2,500) take care of your drinks. Available in models with 3, 7, or 15 dispensers, this Raspberry Pi-powered gadget lets you hook the dispensers to various juices and liquors, then choose a drink you’d like to make out of them from your tablet or smartphone. The desired specifcations are sent over Wi-Fi to the machine, which uses peristaltic pumps to precisely dispense the ingredients that are then mixed and dropped into your glass. Prefer to keep things simple? $300 will buy you the same tech in a single Shotbot. Source:Bartendro
How better to celebrate the upcoming holiday than by a sampling of booze? The whisky advent calendar ($245) is just the traditional advent calendar you’ve come to know, only behind each of the 24 doors lies a different 3cl sample of whisky. For added fun, one of the doors contains a sample of 50 year old single malt Scotch, a full bottle of which would run you over $550. Happy holidays indeed. Source:Whisky Advent Calendar
Whether you’re looking to add to your knowledge of classic cocktails or are simply too lazy to mix them up yourself, this line of Experimental Series Antique Cocktails (£40-£50; roughly $65-$80) should be on your booze shopping list. Each bottle of pre-mixed Negroni, Manhattan, Rob Roy, and Martinez is made using rare spirits bottled in the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, giving them a slightly more complex and mellow flavor than anything you’ll get at the local bar, and thanks to the Handmade cocktail Company’s experience, you can ensure they’ll be mixed properly. Cheers. Source:Experimental Series Antique Cocktails
We’ve had plenty of beer-based concoctions before, but a milkshake? the Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake ($TBA) is here to make us believers. Available through November 11 at Red Robin, this unique drink is a blend of soft serve ice cream, Samuel Adams Octoberfest draft, vanilla, and caramel, and pairs well with the chain’s warm pretzel bites and Pub Crawl Tavern Burger, which boasts beer cheese spread, beer mustard-onions, and bacon. Source:Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake
The cube tube works to prevent spills when carrying a full tray of water to the freezer. It also makes it easy to drop the ice into a beverage. Simply fill up the tube, insert the divider, seal and freeze. After the ice cubes are frozen, hit the flexible bottom of the tube against a hard surface to loosen the ice up, and you’re good to go.
A mug with a built-in coaster? Brilliant! Inspired by a banana holder, the floating Mug($40) is exactly that: a white porcelain mug — perfect for coffee or tea — that separates the liquid-holding portion from the ground by integrating a coaster into the handle, keeping the heat away from sensitive surfaces like wood, while giving the cup itself a cool floating look. Hence the name.
If you’re stumped for some drink ideas or just want to try something new for your cocktail party this summer, try this interactive tool from the New York Times. Choose your three ingredients or click the randomize button to get a mixed drink recipe.
The cocktail generator starts with a modifier like Campari or orange Curacao, then you add a base spirit, and finally a dash of bitters, citrus or vermouth for a classic drink. It’s a quick way to discover a new drink to try.