The Martini Hourglasses keep track of drinking time

Discover non-drinking drinking games with these Martini Hourglasses. Each drink houses an hourglass in its stem.

Brian Krepshaw
Brian is the author of two culinary based books published via his imprint Storkburger Press. A lifelong Californian, he has been consistently exposed to some of the best food in the world. With a deep appreciation for the kitchen, he is always on the lookout for that perfect appliance that combines style and grace with the ever-popular ability to save time.
Brian Krepshaw
Hammacher Schlemmer martini hourglass.
An hourglass in a martini glass doesn't mean you should rush things. Hammacher Schlemmer

Drinking games are kind of silly. Drinking with games however, is great (well, depending on what game one might be playing, that is). But every game, great or not, depends on a set of rules, quite often game pieces, and something to dictate how they are used. It could be dice, a spinner, a deck of cards or some combination of all that sets the action in motion and from that point forward the race is on. At least until time runs out. Oh, did I mention the timer?

The Martini Hourglasses available at Hammacher Schlemmer ($74.95) combine drinking and games, without the need for a drinking game. The odd combination is a martini glass with sand in each stem. Featuring the familiar bulbous hourglass shape, the martini glasses are really 10 minute timers. After time is up, the glass can be flipped over like any other hourglass to start again.

With only a 10-minute countdown, perhaps it's not such a good idea to try to keep pace with your glass. Luckily, it can be said that the hourglass is an effective commentary on the fleeting nature of time. Which is something barroom philosophers and game players alike might agree upon -- if only to keep track of happy hour.