Somabar: A Robotic Countertop Bartender That Mixes Cocktails As Directed By Your Smartphone

How badly do you want this at your New Year’s party? Somabar is a robotic cocktail mixing appliance that connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and precisely mixes drinks on your kitchen counter – and it does it in under 5 seconds. Forget cocktail shakers and careful measuring to produce the perfect drink, this libation delivering servant does it right, every time.

An Unusual Poison: Hendrick’s Gins New Quinetum

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Hendick’s Gin is an alcohol unlike any other. It was created by Quaker City Mercantile as a work for hire for William Grant & Sons in 1998, and it’s hard to imagine a time when people went on picnics without the option of being able to make a Gin & Tonic. Just writing this sentence is causing my mouth to salivate. I sit here, daydreaming of a time where I’m out at a park on a warm summer day, the sun on my face, a light breeze through the trees, a hard salami & mustard sandwich in hand; and I’m mixing a Gin & Tonic for the lovely woman sharing the blanket with me. Pour yourself a gin & tonic, and check out how they came about this unusual poison: Hendrick’s Gins new Quinetum.

Cheers to that: Game of Thrones is Back!

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Fire-breathing dragons, familial backstabbing, and plenty of expository sex. Game of Thrones returned to HBO this past Sunday, March 31st, and season three of the epic fantasy show promises more blood, guts and sword-wielding glory as the seven noble families of Westeros each vie to be the rulers of all.

What makes this heady cocktail of drama so addictive? For one, there’s intrigue, adventure and magic! From incestuous power plays to dragon smuggling to the fate of one family in the hands of a bastard son, the show takes scandal to new snowy heights. For another, the intricately woven plot lines, the meticulous characterizations and the lavish production value are so well executed that all this far-fetched madness makes so much delicious sense.  

The Extraterrestrial World of Whiskey Art

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 American photographer Ernie Button has a unique way of looking at the dishes. One night when he was putting the dishes into the dishwasher, he noticed there was a film on the bottom of a whiskey glass that caused, “fine, lacy lines” to cover it with intricate detail. These lines also created a vast array of different extraterrestrial landscapes. Each with its own cosmic makeup. This discovery led him to start a unique project entitled Vanishing Spirits, which entails Ernie drinking different types of whiskey, and then photographing the bottom of the glass once the whiskey has evaporated – to create the extraterrestrial world of whiskey art.

The Enlightened Happy Hour: An Interactive Drink Guide

As more restaurants make their nutrition information available, patrons are becoming all too aware of the shocking calorie counts behind some of their favorite menu items. Gut-busting appetizers like Chili’s Hot Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Chips (1,520 calories), Cheesecake Factory’s Factory Nachos with Spicy Chicken (1,930 calories), or Outback Steakhouse’s Bloomin’ Onion (1,959 calories) are dangerously delicious.

How Engineers Make Drinks: Mixing Blueprint


How do engineers mix their drinks? Very precisely and using a blueprint, it seems. Our friends over at flowingdata.com, dug up this vintage poster featuring over 30 classic drinks such as the Zombie, Gin Fizz & White Russian. According to the data on the poster itself, it seems to have been originally “issued for mass consumption” on May, 1, 1978. Ready to get mixing? A full sized pdf of the poster is available here.

Perfectly Mixed: An Infographic of Fancy Drinks

Just how do you make that favorite drink? Brazilian illustrator Fabio Rex has shaken together some very well done infographic style images describing exactly what it takes to make that perfect drink. Each image includes the proportions of each ingredient and those aesthetic bits of garnish to top it all off, making the images both informative and intuitive with just the right subtle details to keep them tasting good.

For more of Fabio’s illustration work, see his flickr page or follow him on Twitter.