As a an amateur booze enthusiast with an extreme distaste for doing dishes, I found the idea equal parts intriguing and off-putting. The device, which first came to the public's attention as a Kickstarter campaign in November of last year, promises "the perfect craft cocktail in under 5 seconds" without the mess of strainers, shakers, jiggers or a working knowledge of bartending basics. and I was in need of a little hair of the dog. I was in town to meet the people behind the Keurig of craft cocktails, a countertop robotic bartender by the name of Somabar. On this particular occasion my hangover coincided nicely with a meeting that required I start drinking before sunset. It was one of those unseasonably warm days in Beverly Hills, Calif. In any case, I wasn't going to pass up an opportunity to simultaneously dampen the dull throbbing in my head and test the closest thing the world's ever seen to a consumer-facing autonomous mixologist.
of a week practically living in the LVCC. The horror, the horror.
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While I can't boast a list quite as long or accomplished, I've swilled my fair share of liquids over the past 32 years. Up until two weeks ago, however, I'd never met a bartender who wasn't at least mostly human.
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I just happen to be one of those people. As a replacement for fully functional bar setup, iit falls flat on a number of levels. They hold the liquor and mixers and can be easily stored in the refrigerator for safe keeping (and chilling). The device that I tested was still a prototype, but according to the company's founders, it's a very close approximation of what the final product will look and act like. Those airtight cylinders, known as Soma Pods, are where the Keurig comparison comes in. They're also the key to Somabar's licensing ambitions. The first sign of Somabar's limitations came when the company's CTO, Ammar Jangbarwala, dropped a cube of ice in a martini glass while prepping the machine to make a Manhattan. You can chill the Soma Pods separay, but failing that, you'll either have to add ice to your drinks or live with luke warm libations. As kitchen appliance go, it's a beautiful, minimal and simultaneously complex machine. Once a user has selected just the right drink, the machine goes to work, pumping precise ingredients from the appropriate pods into a mixing chamber where it marries the ingredients through a proprietary "combination of fluid dynamics, kinetic energy, and turbulence created by static vanes," before dumping the final concoction into a glass all in a matter of seconds. Users can add, adjust or choose from a series of pre-loaded cocktail recipes in an accompanying smartphone app. For those who prefers their drinks straight up that could be a deal breaker. For now, however, the containers are manually filled, as is the 150ml bitters pod which is placed under what looks like a large silver button on the top of the machine. It's a large, white plastic and hardwood device, with an recess in the front big enough to fit a normal-sized martini or collins glass, and three, 750ml clear plastic cylinders affixed to either side. In order to avoid added cost, the company opted not to add a cooling element.
Oh, and it'll be an Apple Store exclusive for a little while.
Also gin in England." -- Kingsley Amis, Everyday Drinking. "I have drunk cognac in Cognac, port in Oporto, raki in Turkey, tequila in Mexico City, moonshine in Kentucky, not to mention poteen in Fleet Street, bitter and industrial alcohol in Oxford, Yugoslav whisky in Yugoslavia, Japanese whisky in Glasgow and sweet Spanish wine and lemonade in Swansea.
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