When you're into mixing up fine-quality cocktails at home, sometimes the only thing that stands between making a beverage appear professional or amateurish, is the ice — but no longer, thanks to the Neat Ice Kit ($50). This clever little kit comes with an ice mold that allows you to form a large chunk of ice, the top half of which is perfectly clear. The included ice chisel lets you split that block into a large usable chunk, or many smaller pieces. A Lewis bag and wooden muddler let you crush your ice, making it perfect for a delicious summer cocktail.
Hide away the necessaries for your little drinking habit in the Vintage Light Bulb Voltage Tester Bar ($2,000). This clever, stylish piece holds everything you need to keep the party going, or just take the edge off a long day. Based off of a 1920s German light bulb voltage tester discovered in a factory, this bar is made from iron, and antiqued to a patina finish. The bar opens to reveal three shelves, three stemware racks, and five wine bottle slots. An iron tripod supports the bar, and a small door at the front opens so you can check on your supply.
A bottle stopper is great for keeping wine fresh and tasty longer — and a bottle stopper with a built in beer-bottle opener is even better (especially if you're double fisting). The Bottlejak ($42) combines both of these useful tools into one well-designed piece. The stopper is made from stainless steel, and has custom-molded silicone o-rings with a triangular flange to better fit a range of bottles. The body is made from aluminum, and has a "top down" design that lends a low profile. The sloped base doubles as a bottle opener and lets it rest on a counter when you don't need it.
Well-made products should last forever — that's what the guys bringing us the Stout Bottle Opener ($35) think. Weighing in at a quarter pound, cast from stainless steel, heat-treated, tumble-finished and bead-blasted, it should last a while. Uniquely-designed to open a bottle without bending the cap, it has a built in magnet that keeps caps from falling away. Stout ships with drywall anchors, wood and metal screws, machine screws, and an adhesive pad, so you can attach it to pretty much anything. All you need to bring is the beer; we recommend something malty.
If you looked at the title and thought "Chillsner? Sounds kinda like pilsner." then you're on the right track. The Chillsner ($30) is a new beer-chilling gadget that promises to keep your drink cold from the first beer to the last. To use it, you simply throw it in the freezer, and once it's good and cold, crack open your beer and put it down inside. Thanks to openings in the top, you can drink straight through it, or use it to chill your beer as you pour it into your favorite mug. Either way, it sure beats watering down your suds with ice.
There's an old adage that says you should never drink alone. With the Sasquatch Cocktail Shaker ($50), that shouldn't be a problem. This massive 110 oz. shaker is made from food-grade stainless steel, stands over 15" tall, and features a built-in strainer. Considering that 110 oz. is enough to make oversized drinks for over ten people, you'd better not be caught drinking alone with this thing — or people will think you're the one with the problem.
Sure, the DraughtKeg is handy, but it's also a little messy, and takes up quite a bit of room in the fridge. The BeerTender ($135) solves these problems by serving as a standalone beer-serving machine, made especially for the 5L DraughtKeg. Co-developed by Krups and Heineken, the BeerTender features integrated refrigeration to keep your beer at the ideal temperature of 37.4º F, and the built-in display lets you know when it's time to refill. Plus, with its advanced pressure system, you'll get the perfect pour every time.
It's always classier to show up with a bottle of wine draped in some vino-specific carrier than to brown bag it like the homeless guy down the street. The Built Origami Wine Tote ($25) lets you do exactly that, without needing to carry some bulky thing home. Thanks to its unique design, it collapses down flat after use and is secured by the handle, making it easy to shove into a bag for the ride home. Available in black or the obvious dep red "Bordeaux".
Let's see... how do we like our beer? Cold? Fresh? Carbonated? The Drink Tanks Growler ($65 and up) is designed to ensure all three. Crafted from lightweight, doubled-walled stainless steel, it's designed with a cap and bale sealing system that keeps your brew fresh and cold. As for the latter part, it also plays nice with a $30 keg tap cap lid that locks in place of the standard lid, and offers a place to inject CO2, a release valve to prevent overfilling, and a tap hose that lets the whole thing serve as a portable keg. If that sounds familiar, it probably should — but just remember that your current growler probably isn't made to keep beer cold, so if that's something that you're searching for, this is certainly worth a look.
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.
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.
In one of the greater collaborations in recent memory, legendary scotch makers The Macallan have joined teams with sunglass-makers Oakley, and the result is one hardcore flask. Indeed, the The Macallan x Oakley Flask (£600; roughly $900) draws upon the latter's experience in creating high-end metal objects, with a dark design that brings together food-grade steel, carbon fiber, and aerospace-grade aluminum. Features include a rubberized bottom to keep it from sliding around, a double-sprung cap, and a machined aluminum funnel that threads into the mouthpiece and sports a small air vent on the side. Sure, it's expensive, but so is 25-year-old Macallan.