If you’re still using that tacky foam koozie you picked up at a souvenir shop, it’s probably time for an upgrade. Yeti’s Rambler Colster steps it up with a double-walled vacuum insulated build that keeps your drink inside as cold as it started for hours, letting you enjoy every sip should you decide to take it slow. Its insulation also guarantees to keep its exterior sweat-free, and a Thermolock screw-on gasket locks your can inside all while minimizing contact with ambient air — though it’s also compatible with glass beer bottles.
With a flourishing craft beer scene and the city with the most breweries in the world, it only makes sense that North Drinkware’s first product — the Oregon pint glass — be named after the state. This handmade, custom-blown glass holds a pint of beer and boasts a detailed model of Mt. Hood in its base, made using United States Geological Survey data. Fittingly, they’re made from start to finish in Portland by a local glass blowing studio and optionally include gorgeous laser etched birch coasters with topographic data of the mountain to match.
Hit up Kickstarter to pledge – $35
Whether you’re bringing wine to or from your destination, packing bottles in alongside your clothing is a bad idea, especially considering the manhandling they’ll undoubtedly be submitted to by baggage handlers. Instead, treat your vino with the respect it deserves and carry it in a WineCruzer. Available in sizes accommodating 2 to 24 bottles, each WineCruzer is based around a nigh indestructible hard shell case that’s fitted with a thermally insulating closed cell foam interior to dampen shocks and vibrations, all around water and airtight seals, plus wheels and telescoping handles on most models carrying upwards of 4 bottles. They also come with an unconditional lifetime warranty, so let the baggage handlers do their worst.
Sure, you could continue uncorking your champagne the traditional way, but sabrage is both far more interesting and entertaining. And if you’re looking to pick up the technique, invest in a proper tool like Menu’s Champagne Sabre. This unabashedly flamboyant polished stainless steel sabre is devoid of sharp edges, yet still cleanly cuts off the bottle top at the neck with just a bit of practice and a spectacular pop. And no worries about glass shards falling back into your bottle: the positive pressure already present within your bubbly ensures nothing’s getting in after the break.
Find it at Amazon – $150
Enjoying a few cocktails every day after leaving the office can really eat into your salary. Bring the bar home with Somabar, the most affordable consumer robotic bartender to date. Connect Somabar to your home’s WiFi, fill the Soma Pods with 7 of your favorite ingredients — three per side, with a seventh container for bitters, simple syrup, and the like — then scroll through their app’s extensive cocktail list before letting the machine craft your cocktail with dead-on precision. It also makes suggestions based on ingredients at hand, mixes each drink stronger or weaker to suit your taste (and tolerance), and boasts dishwasher safe components to make cleaning a breeze.
Find it on Kickstarter – $400
With breathalyzers now wholly affordable, there’s really no excuse to not be in the know and risk a DUI. Breathometer’s Breeze is sized for a keychain and lets you check your blood alcohol content in seconds — no warm up time required — using nothing but your smartphone. Powered for over a year by a single coin cell battery, just pair it to your Android or iOS phone via Bluetooth, launch the accompanying app, and blow. And on top of quickly deciphering your blood alcohol levels, it can also call you an Uber cab with the push of a button and boasts Back to Zero, a function that estimates at what time you’ll be totally sober.
Hit up Amazon for more info – $90
The benefits of keeping your cigars in a humidor are no secret, but perhaps they weren’t as obvious regarding marijuana. A huge upgrade from the classic Ziploc, Cannador aims to be that humidifier for your bud by coupling an airtight, mahogany-lined box with a reusable two-way humidity system that maintains the relative humidity at a stable 70% in order to preserve taste, potency, and to ensure a controlled burn. Cannadors also come in a variety of sizes with either walnut or cherry exteriors, are devoid of glass to keep out damaging UV rays, and include vented metal cars to split up and store your different strains safely.
Hit up Cannador for details – $120+
Make your favorite liquor your own with Infuse, a tool created to simplify the process of imbuing unique flavors to your spirits. Each kit includes a 550ml hand-blown lead-free crystal decanter and a rubber-topped borosilicate glass infusing rod crafted with small perforations that let liquid flow into contact with your ingredients. Experiment with sliced fruit, chile peppers, hops, herbs, or whatever else tickles your fancy, swirl it around occasionally for ten to twenty minutes — simplified thanks to its convex bottom — and enjoy.
Find it at BespokePost – $55