Shave a step from your Tequila shooting with Himalayan Salt Tequila Shot Glasses. Carved from actual pure Himalayan pink salt, these glasses add a pleasant salty kick to your liquor. Fill, shoot quickly, and wipe them down afterwards (needless to say they’d better avoid the dishwasher), since freestanding liquid will slowly erode them over time.
Ever wanted your own arc reactor without the hassle of having it imbedded in your chest? Marvel’s Iron Man Arc Reactor Light-Up Coasters solve the latter part of that problem. These sleek coasters give off a cool blue glow just like Tony Starks’s reactor, but unlike his, are equipped with three rubber feet to protect your tabletop. More cost effective than palladium, this set of four arc coasters is made of aluminum, plastic and LEDs. And just like Iron Man, they aren’t pressure sensitive. Maybe they won’t power your exoskeleton super armor, but they will defend your table from unsightly condensation rings.
Find them at ThinkGeek - $30
Half the fun in cooking – or doing anything yourself, really – is reaping what you sow, so it’s no surprise that we’re all over Brooklyn Brew Shop’s Beer Making Kits. Each box arrives at your door with everything needed to brew a gallon of your own beer, including a glass fermenter, chambered airlock, thermometer, grain, hops, yeast, and more. Just add a few common kitchen accessories (strainer, pot, etc), water, a bit of elbow grease, plus two weeks wait time, and you’ve got yourself a delicious brew, or at least if all went well.
Your favorite beers await at Amazon – $40
We usually carve out campfire marshmallow roasting sticks on the fly and as needed, but even multitool-wielding gents like ourselves see the value of Grandpas FireFork Campfire Roasting prongs. These tiny stainless steel contraptions feature a tensioned design that quickly attaches to any suitable stick, no whittling or cleaning needed, and that holds up to two marshmallows or one hot dog/sausage. Each FireFork also includes a safety cap for secure storage in your backpack or pocket.
Get a four-pack on Amazon – $16
While eating nothing but canned goods and granola bars on your next camping trip might seem like a half decent idea, let us tell you, from experience, that it’s actually not very satisfying. Cooking up tasty grub with a portable stove is much more palpable, though we’re not too big on the idea of packing a bunch of voluminous cookware. And that’s where FlaPot comes in. Made of Posco stainless steel, these 1.5 litre pots pack completely flat, easily folding into a cooking pot only when necessary. And while they’re technically disposable, each FlaPot lasts for roughly 80 meals, meaning it’ll probably hold up for years of use if outdoor activities are but occasional.
We’re proponents of filtered tap water – we believe bottled water is overkill, yet we’d rather take an extra step in guaranteeing the cleanliness of our life source, particularly given the quantities we prefer to down every day. Still, our morning rush often hits a brick wall while waiting for the Brita to finish filtering. Enter Whirlpool’s EveryDrop, a water filter that basically filters out impurities from your tap water as fast as it flows thanks to a large surface area filter. It’s also small, lightweight, and filters roughly 60 gallons – or the equivalent of 450 water bottles – before requiring a replacement filter.
We love kicking back after a hard day of work and enjoying a brew or three, but this one’s better shared with a few friends. Introducing Snake Venom, whose brewing process starts off not unlike your standard beer – it’s made with a variety of malts, including peat smoked and chocolate varieties – though fermentation takes place with both ale and champagne yeast for higher alcohol content. It then undergoes freeze concentrating to hit alcohol levels way beyond those of most spirits, or 67.5%, making it one beer better sipped slow and in small quantities.
Grab a bottle at The Real Ale Company – roughly $80
We don’t invest in quality coffee and good craft beer just to drink them out of ugly, cheap and ultimately unsatisfying drinkware. Mazama’s handcrafted wares, on the other hand, are entirely worthy of your finer taste. These ceramic drinking vessels range in size and shape from small sake cups to larger coffee mugs, plus beer and wine sets. Mix and match your set’s colors with stunning choices that include ash (grey), cloud (white), glass (light turquoise), and ink (dark blue), and throw in some leather coasters for good measure.
Hit up Kickstarter in a hurry – $34+
Why own two things when one’s enough to get the job done? That’s how we feel about standard kitchen measuring tools as compared to Joseph Joseph’s 2-in-1 Measuring Jug, a clean mashup of two distinct chambers that can quantify foodstuffs from as little as 5 millilitres to 1 litre. It’s also got square corners for easy pouring from any side, a soft-grip handle, and cleans up quick and easy in a dishwasher.
Churn out drinks in a hurry with Quench Product’s Cocktail Spinner. Quench’s large 20 ounce device foregoes the need to actively shake cocktails using a shaker, instead relying on a pump-action spinning mixer to get the ingredients well acquainted with one another (and, optionally, chilled if using ice). After a few seconds of spinning, push down the pump and twist to lock it in place, then pour out its boozy contents through the built-in strainer and drip-free spout.
Find it at Quench – $25