UV’s already colorful line of flavoured vodka products just expanded in a big way. We’re already loading sriracha onto pretty much everything we eat, and now we’ve got a way to get it into our beverages too with their Sriracha-flavored Vodka. Infused with a flavorful blend of chili peppers, garlic and vegetables, this delectable 30% vodka lends itself perfectly to making bolder drinks like Bloody Marys and Cheladas, or even for cooking, if you can spare a shot or two.
What makes a good portable vaporizer? We’ll start with it being discreet, and the Grasshopper comes out ahead of the pack in that respect. This stainless steel device is built to look just like a pen down to the click button up top, but packs a powerful 30-Watt fast heating element that warms up in seconds and handles just about any loose leaf packed into it. It’s also got a dial for precise temperature control (ranging from 100° to 210° C), unscrews like a pen near the tip for loading, and charges using a magnetic ring that slips over its button.
Find it at IndieGoGo – $100
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’d vaporize our loose leaf tobacco over smoking it any day, and we’ve got another solid contender with which to do it in Firefly. Equipped with an instant convection heater that rapidly pre-heats air up to 400°F (200°C), Firefly vaporizes your material only when you hold down the power button, preserving and then extracting flavors as soon as you’re ready to inhale. Else, it features stainless steel along the vapor path, a quartz crystal porthole for diffusing its warm, inviting glow, a magnetic lid for easy loading (and cleaning), a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that endures several sessions, plus a sleek, aircraft-grade aluminum chassis that’s perfectly suited to a piece of high technology.
Learn more at Firefly – $270
Still relying on cut-open soda cans to ash your cigars? First, start recycling, and second, upgrade to something that’s both more functional and elegant. Metal Shop’s Brass Cigar Stand & Ashtray is just that – a solid, machined brass cigar stand that won’t fall over and spread ash everywhere at the slightest breeze, given that it weighs in at a hefty 3 pounds. It’s also got a lacquer finish, a leather bottom pad to protect the table or desk it’s resting on, and offers optional engraving for a $10 fee.
Find it at Metal Shop – $150
Give your whisky (or other hard liquor of choice) a fitting home with Buster & Punch’s Rockstar Whisky Bar. This stunning bar is painstakingly handcrafted using either Blackened Ash or solid American Black Walnut, fitted with a quilted silk or leather back panel, a brass light fixture surrounded by a snake’s heat cage, and sports brass hardware all around, including two top-mounted handles for accessing its precious contents.
Find it at Buster & Punch – roughly $5,200
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
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
Your Keurig handles your morning caffeine fix, and soon Krups’ Sub will start vying for a place on your countertop to help kick back and sip on a [very] cold one after work. This anodized aluminum keg-like device chills your beer, in convenient but proprietary Torp form, down to 2°C (35.6°F), several degrees colder than most refrigerator’s can muster, for optimal enjoyment. The Sub also features a satisfying pull tap to initiate pouring, a magnetic drip tray to keep your counter clean, and keeps its front-loading Torps – choices include Desperados, Birra Moretti Baffo D’Oro, Affligem, Pelforth Blonde, Wickse, and of course Heineken – fresh for up to 15 days.
Learn more at The Sub – $TBA
While it’s not often that we don’t get through a full pop top beer and have to save the rest for later, when it does happens, we know we won’t be coming back to the same flavorful brew that we were just drinking. Short of resealing the cap (with one of these), there’s another fix: no, not cellophane, but rather Beer Savers. These durable food-grade silicone caps fit most standard beer bottles, holding in freshness longer while also serving to quickly identify your drink. Each six-pack comes with 6 distinctly colored caps which, conveniently, clean up quick and easy in a dishwasher.
Find ‘em at Save Brands – $6 for six