Once upon a time, there was only one way to enjoy your liquor: by drinking it. Not anymore. A simple, small-scale design with potential to make a big impact on how we consume our booze, the Vaportini converts your alcohol into air for smoother, more flavorful effects — without impurities, or even calories.
Of course, incorporating vapors into newfangled cocktails is no new thing for many modern-day mixologists. But the Vaportini, based on a 2010 design that Julie Palmer first introduced at her Chicago-based bar Red Kiva, is designed for home use.
Essentially, it’s a globe that sits on a glass containing a small candle. Fill the globe with your liquor of choice (Palmer notes the higher the proof, and the more flavorful the stuff, the better), then heat for 4-5 minutes until the alcohol converts to vapor, and inhale. Because the alcohol goes directly into the bloodstream, the effects are almost immediate. And, since breathing in alcohol’s vapors actually makes the subtle flavors more distinct, that small batch bourbon may taste totally different than your usual double shot. Just think of all the alcohol out there, waiting to be rediscovered.