iFlask Flask

 

There are times when it’s okay to chug your favorite liquor straight from the bottle.  But there are also times when you wanna be a little more discrete.  The iFlask looks like a totally innocent iPhone and holds 5 ounces of your favorite alcoholic beverage.  It offers a durable construction combining a polycarbonate and a stainless steel frame.  Comes supplied with a collapsible funnel that makes it easy to fill.  $25.  Also available as part of the Ultimate iFlask Kit which comes with a collapsible metal shot glass keychain.  $35.  The iFlask is guaranteed to enhance every boring future function you’ll have to attend.  www.goiflask.com

Burnt Impressions: Daily Bread Jesus Toaster

 

Jesus crust! I’ve heard of using bread to represent the body of Christ, but representing the body of Christ on bread? Now you’ve blown my mind. I’m not sure if this is sacrilege or not; I mean it’s not like they’re burning an image of the prophet Muhammad on toast. Plus, I feel like there would be a bigger market in Christians that would actually enjoy looking upon their saviour every breakfast, as oppose to hipsters who just want to be ironic (damned hipsters). The real question though, is how well does it fare with bagels? $29.95.  www.jesustoasters.com

Espresso Veloce V12 Espresso Machine

 

Have you got petrol running through your veins?  The Espresso Veloce V12 is the ultimate espresso machine for car enthusiasts.  Limited to just 500 production units, this V12 engine-shaped machine is hand crafted from a combination of materials you’d expect to find in a real vehicle – aluminum, magnesium and titanium.  And the coffee cups?  They’re shaped like pistons, of course.  Now all you have to do is find a spot to park this thing in your kitchen, granted your significant other has agreed to display such a machine on the countertop.  Price $TBA.  www.espressoveloce.com

BattleShots! Drinking Game

 

Having drinks with your friends is fun and playing a drinking game can raise the fun to a whole new level.  Battle Shots! is a cool twist on the infamous Battleship board game.  Simply fill the shot glasses with your favorite shots, place them on your side of the board and your opponent will try to guess their locations.  When they guess correctly, you drink!  The included guide suggests some other alternate rules which make the game even more fun.  Battle Shots! comes with 16 shot glasses, 2 washable game trays, 2 coated privacy shields and 2 dry erase pens.  Just don’t play this game on school nights.  $25.  www.battleshots.com

Drink Tanks Growler and Keg Dispenser


In honor of the bender I’m sure we all just had; a new portable keg from Drink Tanks. The Growler has a vacuum insulated tank that can keep your beer cold and carbonated up to twenty-four hours. The best part is the keg dispenser top, which is interchangeable, giving you draught beer anywhere you go. It can hold sixty-four ounces (about three pints), so it’ll get the job done on an outdoor excursion. The Growler also increases the watchability of your kid’s little league game by 300%. $95. www.kickstarter.com

Star Wars Deluxe Ice Trays / Molds

 

Want to offer your guests something out of the ordinary next time you host a party?  These Star Wars molds can be used in the freezer or in the stove.  With dimensions of 11”x6”x3” they might be too big to fit in a regular glass but they will surely work in a jug of party punch.  Or perhaps you’d like to make some giant jello shooters.  And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, you could make some oversized Millennium Falcon chocolate chip cookies or brownies.  Use your imagination!  Choose from three different molds including Han Solo in Carbonite, R2-D2, Millennium Falcon.  $15.99 each.  www.thinkgeek.com

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

 

It’s hard to satisfy morning hunger with something other than a good breakfast sandwich.  This innovative sandwich maker lets you prepare a fresh breakfast sandwich in just 5 minutes.  Simply load it up with an English muffin, egg, cheese and ham (or any other pre-cooked meat) and by the time you get out of the shower you’ll be able to sink your teeth into a fresh breakfast sandwich.  And the clean-up is very quick too – just wipe the nonstick surfaces with a paper towel or cloth and throw all the removable parts in the dishwasher.  $30.  www.hamiltonbeach.com

Cap Zappa Bottle Cap Gun

This one is pretty straight forward, but it’s pretty fun too. The Cap Zappa, from Spinning Hat, is a bottle opener with a twist; the twist being that you can use your caps as ammunition against your friends, pets, or strangers. The launcher can hurl caps up to five meters. Shooting people is fun, but competing against them in feats of accuracy is a great way to have a good old fashioned drinking game. It’ll only cost you about $11. Pre-order yours @ www.spinninghat.com

UMAi Drybag Steak – Making the Ultimate Steak

 

You’re a guy and you love chowing down on a good piece of steak.  And thanks to a little help from your friends at Guydster, this BBQ season you will become the Barbeque Ninja.   How do you make a great steak taste incredible?  You dry age it of course.  The UMAi Drybag Steak allows you to dry age your own steak in the fridge.  This bag allows moisture to escape while preventing oxygen and off-flavors from getting inside it, without the risk of spoilage.  Simply place your choice of beef inside the bag, vacuum seal it and age it in the fridge for the desired number of days.  $175 (includes 6 bags and 1 FoodSaver 2400-series vacuum sealer).  www.drybagsteak.com. Photo credit: Ms. Jayden Hair of www.steamykitchen.com

EdgeStar Deluxe Mini Kegerator & Draft Beer Dispenser

 

If I had one of these in my dorm room…well, I would have gone to class even less. The Deluxe Mini Kegerator from EdgeStar is great for those of you that prefer draught over bottle or can, and don`t want to spend all your cash going to the bar every night.  Its sleek silver and chrome design will make it right at home next to that lame coffee maker you have. Plus, after sixty kegs or so, this baby pays for itself. Granted, we have some work (partying) to do. Make sure you have a spotter for mini keg stands and drink responsibly. $299.  www.edgestar.com

Quirky Glide Knife Attachment

 

You might prefer eating out but your budget probably doesn’t allow you to do so every night.  Making a meal at home inevitably leads to chopping.  But how do you get the chopped onion off the knife?  Using your fingers is downright dangerous.  The Quirky Glide is a nifty knife attachment which lets you easily and safely slide the chopped vegetables into the pot.  Simply slip the Glide on to your knife and slide it up and down to clean the knife – its ergonomic finger grip that fits your finger just right.  www.quirky.com.  News via www.gizmodo.com

Wiser’s Spiced Vanilla Whiskey

 

If you’re like us, you love to drink (responsibly). But how do you drink? Do you make cocktails, mixed drinks, or do you just throw the alcohol at the back of your throat and hope for the best? Well, however you choose to inebriate yourself, Wiser’s Spiced Vanilla Whiskey is a great choice for a night out. With notes of vanilla, caramelized toffee and raisins; Wiser’s Spiced goes down smooth without overpowering the whiskey taste with sweetness. For you number crunchers out there, don’t fret over loss of alcoholic content; the spiced actually has a higher alcohol percentage than the original. We recommend trying it straight or adding a little cherry whiskey and coke for a tasty little cocktail we like to call: “The Guydster”. $27.95 for a 750ml bottle. www.wisers.ca

Drink Guide: Best Rums Under $50

 

At Guydster, when we work, we work hard.  And when we party we party just as hard.  So when the weekend rolls around, what better way to reward yourself than spending time with friends and drinking some excellent, long-legged rum.  We recommend skipping white rums and going straight for the good stuff – the dark or spiced rums.  In addition to the classic rum and coke, we suggest trying rum with ginger ale – you might be surprised at what you’ve been missing.  Ginger ale allows more of the rum tones to reach your palate.  And don’t be a wuss and measure the amount of rum you pour in the glass, we recommend the free-pour technique.  Some of these rums are so good, you don’t even need mix.  Here are five tasty rums under $50 that we suggest for your liquor cabinet.

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Deglon Meeting Knives

 

This stunning set of nesting knives by the French company Deglon won’t make you a better cook but it should certainly inspire you to dust off that cookbook you got from your mom for your last birthday.  These stainless steel knives, designed by Mia Schmallenbach, nest together in a design based on the Fibonacci sequence of numbers.  This set consists of four pieces: a paring, a utility, a Chefs and a carving knife.  Included with the set is a beautiful oak stand.  Despite their name, we advise you not to bring these to your next working meeting.  $749.  www.deglon.fr

WMF SmarTea Teapot

Every morning at Guydster starts with a hot pot of English Breakfast tea – hot until the tea cools down anyway, which happens quicker than we’d like.  But now thanks to the WMF SmarTea Teapot that will never have to happen again.  This attractively designed teapot sports a stainless steel/streamlined glass pot with a removable steeper positioned at the optimal brewing position.  Best of all though, its base holds a tea light candle which will keep your tea hot for hours.  $122.  Available on www.amazon.com

Nestle Star Wars Coffee Machines

Ever wonder what kind of coffee they brew in a galaxy far, far away?  Well now you can finally taste it for yourself!  Based on Nestle’s Gold Blend coffee machine, these limited edition machines feature awesome Star Wars graphics and offer the taste of a Tatooine coffee.  Sold exclusively through the Nestle website in Japan, the “Dark Set” (limited to 3,000) will feature Darth Vader graphics while the “Light Set” (limited to 2,000) will feature our favourite shiny robot, Threepio.  Included with each machine is a matching dark side or light side mug.  $120 (converted from 9800 Yen).  News via Ohgizmo.

Fashion Designer John Varvatos Rocks Patron Anejo

Patron Anejo is one of favourite tequilas thanks to its amazingly smooth and distinctive taste.  And now that world-renowned fashion designer John Varvatos has teamed up with Patron to craft a limited edition bottle stopper, a bottle of tequila has never looked cooler.  The miniature guitar head is made of metal and adorned with the Patron bee.  Available with a 750ml bottle of Patron Anejo, just in time for the 2012 Holidays.  It definitely on our wish list!  www.patrontequila.com/johnvarvatos

Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters

Wanna impress some friends next time you host a party at your place?  Try adding some of this Woodford Reserve bitters to bourbon cocktails.   This product will infuse herbal essences, the bitterness of natural gentian root, the sweetness of cherry and spice notes – all enriched by aging in barrels that previously matured Woodford Reserve bourbon.  Woodford Reserve suggests making the Classic Manhattan Cocktail as follows: 2 oz Woodford Reserve, 1 oz sweet vermouth, 2 dashes Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters, stir with ice and strain (served up), stir and serve over ice (on the rocks) & garnish all with an orange twist.  $15 for a 100ml bottle. www.woodfordreserveshop.com

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