Bartesian is the K-Cup mixologist you never knew you needed

Jun 24, 2015 at 12:21 p.m. ET

Cocktails are awesome, but if you've ever tried making them at home, you know things can get out of hand quickly.

Not only do you have to have about a bazillion different bottles at your home bar to get started, but after mixing your drink up, most of the time it's nowhere near as good as what you'd get at the bar — and your counters are left sticky and covered with strange-looking bar tools.

If you're as hapless at mixology as I am (maybe I should stop drinking so much wine before my guests arrive?), then Bartesian is for you.


Image: Kickstarter

Just like the K-Cup machine streamlined the coffee-making process for people who were hopeless at brewing a drinkable cup o' joe (again, me), Bartesian makes whipping up a batch of margs as simple as the push of a button. Literally.

After filling its four reservoirs with vodka, gin, rum and tequila, all you have to do is insert the cocktail pod of your choice and follow the instructions on the screen, which basically amount to "push that button." The pods contain liquid flavors, no weird powders and can be recycled after use.

Bartesian pods

Image: Kickstarter

There are a couple of downsides: The machine doesn't make whiskey cocktails, which to me is a travesty, and so far there are a limited number of flavors available. But the Bartesian is still in its Kickstarter-funding stage, so there may be more options to come. And as far as the whiskey goes, I guess this just gives us an excuse to buy the good stuff and refuse to drink it any way but straight up.

Currently the Bartesian can be pre-ordered through Kickstarter, beginning with a donation of $249. After the Kickstarter campaign has finished, the Bartesian will sell for around $400.


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