Among the many holiday traditions, enjoying a celebratory libation with family and friends ranks high on most people’s list. We especially appreciate (and secretly envy) the mixologist whose spirits are always precisely measured, artfully displayed in the proper glass, and served with diamond-clear ice. In this “spirit” of the holidays, Hammacher Schlemmer offers unique gifts to toast a favorite barkeep or to perhaps inspire your own inner mixologist.
Recalling the covert cocktail shakers developed during prohibition, this Art-Deco airplane shaker surreptitiously serves up chilled libations. The fuselage-shaped shaker rests horizontally on the winged stand with two propellers, evoking an executive’s desk ornament. At the launch of happy hour, the fuselage removes from the stand, and its rounded Art Deco lid opens for adding your favored cocktail’s ingredients.
For imbibers who prefer to enjoy their spirits neat, The Spirits Aerator instantly enhances the aroma and flavor of scotch, cognac, brandy, and other fine libations. Along these same lines, The Non-Diluting Whisky Cold Stones keep distilled spirits chilled without watering down the flavor as melting ice does. Two stones can lower the temperature of a 3-oz. pour by as much as 25 degrees, and keep the liquid cool for a half hour.
On occasion, the home bartender may want to relax and just enjoy his own cocktail party. Enter The Robotic Bartender. This is the computerized mixologist like those found at country clubs, stadium luxury suites, and fine hotels that automatically makes perfect cocktails at the touch of a button. The touchscreen interface allows users to select drink categories or start by choosing a spirit, and it searches its 600-drink database for matching cocktails. The unit holds spirits and mixers, ice, and even a built-in garnish tray that keeps blue cheese olives and lemon twists close at hand.