Drinks on a Plane

I’m not a frequent traveler.  I seem to have found my location in the universe and seldom wander far from home.  On the rare occasion that I do travel, flight is not my preferred method.  I have nothing against it, it simply has gotten too hairy since the TSA started their security theater project. In…

Silipint: Tool Review

I just received my first Silipint and I have to say that out of the box I am impressed.  This is a flexible pint glass made out of silicon.  It will not shatter, grips well in the hand and keeps a pretty even temperature regardless of the contents.  Because silicon has such a high melting…

Impractical Barware: The NES Flask

At first blush this appears to be a simple cartridge game from the original Nintendo Entertainment System.  Fond memories and nostalgia for the days when you had to blow on your games to make them work properly will fill anyone old enough to drink at this point. I know my own childhood was occupied by…

Bartools: Perfect Black and Tan

I’ve discovered my kryptonite.  I can see kitchen gadgets, drinkware, tools and any number of other items on the shelf but if their use is obvious I can ignore them.  At a recent trip through Williams Sonoma I wandered near the barware and nestled among the cocktail shakers and bottle openers was this simple coaster…

Funding and Patreon

For those of you who are not already familiar there are a number of new things around to help content creators fund their projects without the hassle of dealing with low paying advertising. If you’re not running an Ad Blocker (and honestly why wouldn’t you?) you may have seen that I have both Amazon and…

Impractical Barware: Sempli

The history of barware is the history of housewares itself.  Properly storing your home brew required a ceramic crock able to handle the fermentation without breaking down.  Given the stretch of time since the dawn of human civilization the drinking glass has undergone numerous beneficial improvements. This is not one of them.  Produced by the…

Make Your Own: Bitters

On July 24th 2014 I backed a kickstarter by Hella Bitters  The thrust of the idea was to build a kit that gave the home kitchen all of the necessary items to make a simple cocktail bitters. I have to say that when the kit arrived a few months later I was quite surprised with…

The Rejigger

A couple of months back I kickstarted a new drinking tool.  It had caught my eye from another blog I was reading and for $20 it looked like a fair deal even if it never came about. The good news is that not only did the kickstarter meet their goal but the finished product has…

Ice, Cubed.

Looking back to my post about Ice, it occurs to me that I haven’t given much in the way of practical advice about how to do ice at home.   These lovely beauties are silicon ice trays that I picked up at a Kitchen Collection outlet store.  The pair of them were not that expensive,…

Ice, Ice Baby

One of the more overlooked aspects of drinking is the part that doesn’t always go into the glass.  Making cocktails is like being a chef, and you are cooking with the chill of ice over alcohol.  The cooling effect combined with shaking or stirring has an impact on solution, flavor, mixture and temperature of your…

Tools: Working Glass

Glassware is an important factor in any cocktail.  It can make or break the drink you’re attempting simply for lack of space. Consider the double old fashioned.  One of the reasons the glass style has that name is the drink the Old Fashioned which calls for a very minor amount of liquid but does ask that…

Tools: Trav-L-Bar

One of the most frustrating things about drinking well is the general inability to make that experience carry over outside your home.  It’s all very well to allow people to see your collection, witness your skills with a shaker and partake of the libations you can craft when you have your entire collection at hand….