Wine to beer, 7 drinking gadgets, tools to keep you in high spirits

By: | Updated: July 3, 2016 6:55 AM

From intuitive wine systems that safeguard wine against oxidation to devices that bring back a beer’s lost froth and aroma, here are some innovative drinking gadgets and tools that will keep you in high spirits. Compiled by Nitin Sreedhar

The alcohol is ready and the hors d’oeuvres have been served at your party. But the bottle opener is nowhere to be found. The alcohol is ready and the hors d’oeuvres have been served at your party. But the bottle opener is nowhere to be found.

FLAVOURED VODKA

Flavoured vodka has become quite popular among enthusiasts over the years. And this is where devices that let you make it without any added sugar or artificial ingredients come in.

How it works: One such device is Vodka Zinger. You need to unscrew the small jar, or grinder, at the bottom of the machine and add the ingredients of your choice to it. Once you have attached the jar back on, fill the bottle with vodka and shake it. The blades in the grinder mince the ingredients and the natural flavours travel, through a mesh, into the vodka.

Availability: Online

Price: Rs 4,439

ULTRA-FAST CHILLING

The freezer of any refrigerator takes at least 30 minutes to chill a drink. But what if you didn’t want to wait that long? Now, there are gadgets that can get you a cold drink in just 60 seconds.

How it works: Take, for instance, SpinChill. You clip the can on to the device and place it on ice. Spin it for a minute and your cold beverage is ready. By spinning, the device introduces convection, which allows the warm liquid at the centre to make its way to the can’s outer edges to be cooled instantly. This increases the rate of heat transfer, aiding cooling.

Availability: Online, select outlets of The Beer Cafe in Mumbai and Delhi

Price: Rs 2,990

COLD WINE SANSICE

The perennial question on every wine drinker’s lips is: how do you keep wine at the right drinking temperature, as ice buckets often make wine too cold. The answer comes in the form of innovative products, made of non-toxic freeze gels, that keep wine chilled without the use of ice buckets.

How it works: The Corkcicle Wine Chiller is a good option. Just keep the device in the freezer for around 90 minutes before using. After that, insert it into a bottle of wine. Once inside, it keeps the wine perfectly chilled for an hour.

Availability: Online

Prices vary depending on the model

TEN-IN-ONE TOOL 

The alcohol is ready and the hors d’oeuvres have been served at your party. But the bottle opener is nowhere to be found. The Bar10der is a handy equipment for situations like these. This small, easy-to-carry tool is a cocktail lover’s dream. No wonder, some cocktail enthusiasts call it the ‘mixologist’s Swiss army knife’.

 

How it works: As the name suggests, the Bar10der, made of high-grade steel, is a ten-in-one tool. It works as a corkscrew, knife, stirrer, jigger, strainer, muddler, reamer, channel knife, zester and, most importantly, a bottle opener—all the tools you need while making that perfect drink or playing bartender at a house party.

Availability: Online

Price: Rs 3,000

WHISKEY REALLY ON THE ROCKS

Any whiskey aficionado who loves his/her drink on the rocks would know that too much ice makes the drink lose its flavour, as it gets diluted. Products like Whiskey Chill Stones keep the drink at the right temperature, without chilling it.

How it works: All you need to do is place the stones in the freezer for a couple of hours before placing them in your glass of whiskey. They will not only preserve the taste, but also chill the drink without diluting it. The stones are perfectly cleaved, so your glass also doesn’t end up with any scratches.

Availability: Online

Prices vary

PREVENT WINE OXIDATION

Intuitive wine systems now let you pour wine without opening the bottle’s cork, using a thin wall needle to do so. These systems essentially safeguard your wine against oxidation.

How it works: You need to fix the gadget on to the neck of the wine bottle and press the needle through the cork. Argon gas is released and this forces out the wine through the hollow needle and into a glass. Once you are done pouring, you can extract the needle and the cork is sealed again, preserving the wine against oxidation. One such gadget, Coravin Model Two, works best with natural corks.

Availability: Online

Price: Rs 3,700- Rs 45,369

BEER FOAMER

What do you do with a beer that has lost its froth and aroma? Bear foamers help revive that beer by bringing back its aroma and froth. The only caveat is that you have to use cold beer.

How it works: The Sonic Beer Foamer, for instance, uses ultrasonic waves to get the froth back in a flat beer within seconds. You need to pour two teaspoons of water on the device’s base and place your glass of beer on it. Once you press the start button, the ultrasonic waves work their magic and your beer is saved.

Availability: Online, select outlets of The Beer Cafe in Mumbai and Delhi

Price: Rs 3,750

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