When you're having a few friends round for drinks, you don't necessarily want to be taking time away from the party to mix drinks. At the same time, some fancy cocktails would be pretty neat. There have been several cocktail machines seeking crowdfunding, but the Bartesian, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, wants to make it even simpler. Based on Keurig-style coffee capsule technology, all you have to do is pop in a pod and press a button.
"The initial idea was actually from a friend of ours. Story goes she was at a hotel for business, and wanted a cocktail after work. The hotel had no bar, but had a Keurig in the room. Boom, lightbulb," explained Bartesian co-founder Bryan Fedorak, a former bartender and engineer.
"She wasn't interested in pursuing the idea further, so [co-founder and mechanical engineer] Jason [Neevel] and I kept developing it. We had always liked beer and whiskey, and cocktails were always this special type of drink beyond our reach, really. We are literally liberating cocktails for people."
To make cocktails, the Bartesian needs just two things: basic spirits -- vodka, rum, tequila and gin -- which are supplied by the user and a Bartesian capsule that contains the remaining ingredients. You would purchase the spirits and fill the machine's reservoirs so that you'd be able to make a whole bunch of cocktails before having to refill.
To start with, there will be six cocktail capsules available: Margarita (tequila, Cointreau, lemon juice and lime juice), Sex on the Beach (vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and pineapple juice), Cosmopolitan (vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime juice), Bartesian Breeze (rum, strawberry, pineapple, lime and coconut juice), Uptown Rocks (gin, white grape, peach and lemon juice with a sprig of cilantro) and the Zest Martini (vodka, grapefruit juice and cucumber bitters).
The system uses a barcode on the lid of each capsule to read the cocktail, and automatically adjusts for each one, so you don't even need to input recipe instructions. There's even provision for those who prefer their drinks "shaken, not stirred." The Bartesian comes with a cocktail shaker, so you can deposit the cocktail into the shaker rather than a glass and shake it all up for a martini, 007-style.
And, while it might not provide you with a morning caffeine buzz, it does have what Fedorak feels is an important advantage over a Keurig machine. The capsules can be thrown in with your general household recycling.
On the Kickstarter page, the team has posted a list of cocktail capsules that could be made in the future, and Fedorak said that Bartesian is also considering the possibility of capsules that you can fill yourself to experiment with your own spirits and mixers.
The machine is currently being offered as a reward with a minimum early bird Kickstarter pledge of $249 at time of writing, which includes 12 capsules. After the Kickstarter campaign ends, the Bartesian cocktail machine will retail for over $400. You can also add packs of 12 capsules to your reward for $20 per pack. Head on over to the Kickstarter page to check it out.