If you’re a fan of late-night TV, you might have caught an episode of Futurama where the crew was seen drinking futuristic “cloud” martinis. While we don’t yet have the technology to make tiny clouds hover over a glass and pour your next drink, there is a surprisingly cool way to “drink” alcoholic vapors. It’s called Vaportini, and it just might be the next big trend in the bar scene.
The Vaportini isn’t a specific type of cocktail as the name suggests, but a whole cocktail setup. You take a pint glass and place a lit candle inside. Then, you take a small glass globe, add an ounce or two of alcohol through a funnel, and place the globe inside a metal ring, which rests on the lip of the pint glass. The alcohol heats up in about five minutes and starts releasing vapors, which you then inhale through a glass straw.
The whole Vaportini process is a bit involved, adding a layer of ceremony to the proceedings. I purchased a Vaportini some time ago and use it occasionally. The buzz you get from using a Vaportini is pleasant, although part of that “head rush” feeling just comes from sucking air through such a tiny straw! I wish the rush could be a bit stronger for me, but your experience may vary.
Vaportini has one main benefit for the calorie conscious: consuming the vapors via the lungs is practically a calorie-free endeavor (although that has been disputed by some).
A few of my friends weren’t wild about the Vaportini experience, but they all agreed that’s it’s unique and worth trying at least once.
You can purchase a Vaportini kit online for $35-$45. The makers suggest using high proof spirits (bourbon, flavored vodka, or rum), provided the spirits are under 100 proof. Some lawmakers want to ban the Vaportini and other “inhalable” alcohol delivery systems, so you might want to buy one sooner, rather than later.
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