Brookstone Perfect Drink scale and app guide cocktail construction

A fully stocked liquor collection can be intimidating. Whether it's at the liquor store, the neighborhood watering hole, or just on the kitchen counter, whenever a bunch of bottles come together, it's only a matter of time before someone tries to mix the contents. And that's where things get murky. If staring at a wall of booze results in a blank stare and an empty glass, there are plenty of helpers out there designed to inspire.

The Brookstone Perfect Drink system allows for "app-controlled smart bartending." Consisting of a smart scale and an associated app (… Read more

Twitter adds age verification for following 'adult' brands

To give worried marketers peace of mind, Buddy Media has rolled out an age verification process for Twitter in partnership with the microblogging service.The idea is to reduce the liability of booze marketers and their ilk, though the process itself appears to be fairly porous.

Buddy started offering the free service to adult brands such as liquor companies, but said it could be used for other industries with age requirements.

The new service probably won't make parents feel any better, since it merely asks Twitter users to enter their birthdates -- which, of course, means users can take … Read more

A bottle opener for tough guys

Been looking for a way to look like Billy Badass at parties or cookouts without incurring broken limbs and/or pesky restraining orders? Who hasn't, right? Well, should your bottled beverage of choice not have the convenient screw-cap top, don't reach for that boring old standard bottle opener.

Instead, whip out the Bottle Blade Bottle Opener, which looks like a razor blade. The oversize bottle blade is made of brushed stainless steel and measures 4.5 inches by 2.25 inches, so you're probably not going to confuse it with your shaving blades.

You can preorder yours from for $9.99; they're expected to arrive in March. Booze and friends sold separately.… Read more

Anonymous targets Monsanto, oil firms

Military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton today confirmed that it was the victim of an "illegal attack," one day after hackers posted what they said were about 90,000 military e-mail addresses purloined from a server of the consulting firm. Hackers also today said they were targeting Monsanto and oil companies in their protests.

"Booz Allen Hamilton has confirmed today that the posting of certain data files on the Internet yesterday was the result of an illegal attack. We are conducting a full review of the nature and extent of the attack. At this time, we do not … Read more

Hackers claim they exposed Booz Allen Hamilton data

Hackers flying the AntiSec banner claimed today that they compromised a server at consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and have released internal data, including about 90,000 military e-mail addresses.

"We infiltrated a server on their network that basically had no security measures in place. We were able to run our own application, which turned out to be a shell and began plundering some booty," the hackers wrote in a message on the Pastebin file storage site. "Most shiny is probably a list of roughly 90,000 military emails and password hashes (md5, non-salted of course!). We … Read more

Medea vodka: Straight up with something to say

For the most part, vodka is vodka. There's cheap stuff that guys like me drink, and then there's premium and "superpremium" stuff that people who want to impress other people drink.

Other than that, and a few novelty flavorings, it's pretty much the same across the shelf. Thus, vodka makers have to come up with other ways to entice customers to buy their bottles of booze.

And here's a neat new gimmick from Medea: a customizable moving LED reader board on every vodka bottle.

The bottle can be programmed to hold six messages of … Read more

DIY Weekend: Spiked juice for homemade hooch

Normally for our DIY Weekend feature, we talk about things like homemade rocket launchers, mobile Xboxes-in-a-case, and powerful plywood telescopes. This week, we talk about getting drunk.

I enjoy drinking alcohol. I'm also cheap, which is why I was excited at the chance to try out Spike Your Juice, a $10 DIY hooch-making kit that might just be of dubious legal standing depending on where you live.

SYJ is an all-in-one fermentation kit that lets you take off-the-shelf fruit juice from your local supermarket and turn it into a tasty alcoholic beverage in as little as 48 hours. I was doubtful at first, but after some experimentation, I can say it works as advertised.

My first try was with a white grape juice. After two days it was easily alcoholic, but the manufacturers state that the longer you let it ferment, the dryer (read: boozier) it will be. Another day and a half and it was almost like a really good cheap champagne. Sadly, there was a yeasty aftertaste that wasn't agreeable to a few of the more picky drinkers in my life. Mixing it with orange juice did the trick nicely and made for some awesome cheap mimosas.

The secret is in the individual packets. The kit comes with six, each of which contains a mixture of yeast, cane juice, and an emulsifier. Besides the fermentation packets, there's a special bottle stopper. It has a neat gas-releasing variable seal at the top that allows the gas byproducts of the fermentation process to escape with a none-too-awesome odor while keeping the environment in the bottle air-tight. It's neat in its own right.

My next experiment was with a type of three-apple juice. After just 48 hours it was plenty boozy, though it had an odd flavor. We ran some of the juice through a standard Brita water filter, which certainly helped, but it did strip out some of the apple flavor.

So I went to a friend of mine who's a chef and has a broad if esoteric knowledge of all things fermented and distilled. We made a more porous filter out of a coffee filter and a rubber band. The outcome was fantastic. The drink was smooth and crisp. But we weren't done. … Read more

Single-serving wine glasses hopefully U.S.-bound

I'm an American bachelor. That means I occasionally eat or drink things in single servings. Soda, bachelor-chow-like microwave dinners, and cans of tasty, refreshing Pabst Blue Ribbon. And now, thanks to a plucky Brit who wouldn't take no for an answer, we in the U.S. might be getting single-serving wines.

The product is pretty simple, and therein lies the genius. The wine, currently M&S Le Froglet out of London's Mark and Spenser stores, comes in a single-serving plastic wine glass with a removable top similar to what one would find on the top of … Read more

Last call for i-Booze delivery service

I wouldn't for a moment think that anyone working late on something frightfully significant in Redmond would conceive of alcohol as a means to help them through their engineer's block.

But just in case there is one tortured soul who might be tempted to have a six-pack delivered to his cubicle, I have some difficult news.

i-Booze, the Seattle-based folks to whom you used to be able to turn online for a swift delivery of soothing liquids, seems to have fallen on difficult times.

For Techflash has delivered the information that not only has i-Booze failed to secure … Read more

Hard drive or pocket flask?

You know that business is tight when hard-drive manufacturers start competing for fashion designers to get an edge on one another. But Iomega just became our hands-down favorite for coming up with a portable version that's a looks just like an item that's near to our hearts, quite literally: a flask.

The company is touting its "eGo" line for having decent capacities (160GB to 250GB) at reasonable prices ($140 to $230), according to Slippery Brick. We, however, know subliminal advertising when we see it--especially when it's not so subliminal. All this 2.5-inch drive needs … Read more