It’s the holiday season, which, for the Albrechts, typically means some kind of holiday soirée complete with a signature cocktail. Though that cocktail typically involves large pitchers, eyeballing ingredients (followed by many adjustments) and generous overpours.
Perhaps the new connected coaster from Barsys could help us better moderate our mixology. Yesterday Barsys, the company behind the sleek, eponymous $1,000 cocktail robot, announced a new product called, appropriately enough, the Coaster. Simply put, the Coaster is a connected drink scale that pairs with the Barsys app to guide your pours.
Users input their available ingredients into the app, which then tells you what drinks you can make. Then set a glass or pitcher (or the Barsys Mixer) on the coaster and start making your drink. The lighted coaster changes color to indicate when to start and stop pouring each ingredient. The result, according to the company’s website, is “drinks taste exactly as they would at a cocktail bar in Manhattan.” Which, I assume, also means you can charge your guests $20 a pop.
Barsys is taking pre-orders for the Coaster now at $95 before it goes out to retail in December for $149.
The Coaster comes at a time when all manner of technologies are connecting your cocktail experience. The Perfect Drink cocktail scale doesn’t have a fancy light show, but it only costs $40 for the basic version and $100 for the Pro. And of course if pouring your own cocktail is too much work, you can always get a Bartesian countertop drink machine to make your drinks using flavor pods. Or if you really want to take it up a notch, wait for SirMixABot to show up for your party.