I know there are a ton of holiday gift guides floating around out there, but none quite like this!
Here are my 7 Gadgets for at Home Craft Cocktails:
1. Coffee Siphon:
This contraption can be used for so much more than coffee! Try loading the top with herbs or whole spices, warm up the liquor in place of water, and voila! Once the liquor passes to the upper chamber, turn of the heat and the now infused liquor will drip back down and cool. You can get really techy with it by timing how long the liquor sits with the herbs and seeing how that changes the strength of the infusion. They sky is the limit with flavor combinations!
2. AMBER BOTTLE ATOMIZER
Amber bottles are a great way to store tinctures and liqueurs that are used in small quantities. For example, try using an atomizer or spray bottle for an absinthe rinse in your glass before pouring in the cocktail. Or, use the spray to finish your cocktail with something smoky like scotch or mezcal. What I like about amber in particular, is that minimal light disturbs your contents, this is especially important for herbal tinctures that can discolor over time.
3. DIGITAL TEMPERATURE GUN
This non-contact temperature gun ensures the temperature of your cocktail or wine is perfect. I know this may seem over the top, but it really is the gift for the bartender who has everything. Even craft beer has a recommended drinking temperature (41-53 F). This tool goes beyond liquids and is useful for baking, grilling, and smoking.
4. IMMERSION CIRCULATOR
Immersion circulators (aka sous vide) machines are versatile tools in the kitchen and behind the bar. Use large mason jars to sous vide infused spirits, make syrups and cordials, and tinctures. Low and slow heat can speed up infusions for homemade bitters as well. Try using sous vide technique for making brandied cherries or other candied garnishes.
5. DIY DRAFT COCKTAIL KIT
Kegs are not just for beer these days! Forget making drinks one at a time, with draft cocktails you can be prepared for an army in advance. Be mindful of scaling up the recipe, dilution, and choice of acids. The great thing about keg cocktails is you don't need to fill the entire keg for the pressurized system to work. This can be tested in a bar or at home for the serious hobbyist.
6. ICE PRESS
Perfectly clear, round ice cubes are attainable! Instead of carving the ice, this gadget presses the ice into dazzling little spheres. Throw these into your next scotch, premium whiskey, or craft cocktail. It is a show stopper bringing one of these out at a party.
7. OAK BARREL
Making great drinks is not all high tech these days, put some good ole fashioned oak on your spirits to liven them up! Barrel aged classic cocktails taste great in a short amount of time. The smaller the barrel the faster the age since there is more liquid on the surface area of the barrel. Oak chips pressurized in canisters with cocktails can speed up the flavoring process as well.