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Stuck at home and need a strong drink? You’re not alone. Okay, so you might, technically, be alone right now. But if you’re missing the taste of your favorite cocktails, then you’re in good company. And we’ve got a simple hack for reproducing delicious cocktails at home.
This cocktail machine from Bartesian was one of Oprah’s favorite things in 2019, and we’ve been big fans ever since. This home cocktail maker mixes premium craft cocktails with the press of a button and delivers a top-notch performance every time. If you’re struggling with the home craft cocktail situation, consider investing in this machine. If you can prepare a cup of Keurig coffee, and we assume that you can, then you can handle creating delicious whiskey sours, old fashioned’s and margaritas using the Bartesian.
‘The morning routine of pop in a cup, press a button and enjoy a delicious beverage has now come to Happy Hour. The Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine creates mixologist-approved craft cocktails in the comfort of your own home so there’s no need to leave the house to get your fix. It’s pretty much built for social isolation and Zoom happy hours, and we’re not mad about it.
You provide your own alcohol — whichever whiskey, gin, rum, vodka, or tequila you prefer — and fill the five premium glass bottles provided with the Bartesian. Choose one of nine premium cocktail capsules: Old Fashioned, Gin Martini, Margarita, Long Island Iced Tea, Cosmopolitan, Rum Breeze, Sex on the Beach, Uptown Rocks, or Whiskey Sour. (Capsules are available on Amazon or directly from Bartesian).
Select your strength — from mocktail to a good strong double — and press the mix button on the touchscreen. No measuring, no pouring (or spilling), no worrying about getting the mix and the taste just right. The Bartesian even recommends which glass to use! Within seconds you’re sipping, relaxing, and marveling at the ease of it all.
And no need to worry about your crisp Gin Martini being muddied by the sweet Cosmo made right before. The Bartesian’s automatic cleaning cycle runs after each cocktail, making every drink as fresh and clean as the one before. There is also a manual cleaning cycle, and the materials (including the glass bottles) are dishwasher safe. The used capsules are even fit to go into your recycling bin. Bar cleanup has never been easier or quicker!
At a mere 12.5-inches tall, 13.25-inches wide, and 12.75-inches deep, the Bartesian will sit unobtrusively on your kitchen counter, in your butler’s pantry or on the rec-room bar. Really, it’s suitable anywhere you want to unwind alone with a good book and an even better drink. It’s a simple unpack, fill the bottles, choose your capsules, and go!
Is your home bar overflowing with juices, simple syrups, bitters and other mixers that have been sitting around for who knows how long? Need to toss them all and restock because you don’t remember which ones are still good or not? Now you can just toss them entirely and let the Bartesian cover it all.
The sold-separately capsules are made from concentrated liquid ingredients — fruit juices, bitters, and non-alcoholic liqueurs. There are no powders that clump and refuse to dissolve. They’re dated to indicate maximum freshness when stored at room temperature, and last far longer still when refrigerated. And the capsules are alcohol-free, which means you can make mocktails or virgin drinks just as easily as the strong stuff.
And the menu just got even better! In January 2020, Bartesian released capsules for the Gimlet, Negroni, Sazerac, Paper Plane, and Spiced Coffee, along with a Mint Julep. Now, you’ve got an even wider variety to choose from as you wait out these long weeks inside.
Pop in a capsule, get your glass ready and unwind with the help of your Oprah-approved quarantine cocktail sidekick.