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With the “Cocktail Computer,” Imbibing Just Got Even More Fun

A classic conundrum: a semi-stocked bar, a desire for a decent cocktail, the willingness to make aforementioned cocktail, but no idea how to go about it with the smattering of ingredients you have on-hand. The options are usually to hit the Internet, flip through a bar book, or forge ahead blindly.

Designer Lily Szajnberg was all too familiar with this problem, so she crafted a solution in the form of the “Cocktail Computer.” While perhaps not the kind of computer you’d immediately imagine, the device is based on early digital models with the look of a super stylish, retro kitchen appliance. You can get one of your own by donating to Szajnberg’s Kickstarter effort.

The Cocktail Computer aims to be reliable, well-curated, and catered to your individual supplies, achieving that end through punched cards and cocktail pins. In her research, Szajnberg concluded that most classic cocktails can be made from combinations of 24 basic ingredients, which are listed on the top of the contraption. Choose which three you want to use by inserting the pins into the corresponding holes, and the recipes with those components will filter down so when you open the lid, options await. You can then make your libation and repurpose the pins as a cherry or olive skewer.

The cards can be updated as your cocktail prowess grows, though there are more than 100 included in the initial batch. The project has already earned $7,552 of its $50,000 goal with 24 days left. To see the Cocktail Computer in action, check out the video below.

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New Pop Chart Lab Poster Is a Boozy Blueprint For Making Classic Cocktails
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Pop Chart Lab's posters combine design with data, and their latest offering—a full breakdown of the ingredients in 60 classic cocktails—is no exception. From the exact ratio of gin and tonic that should go into a G & T (2 ounces and 4 ounces, respectively) to the garnishes you'll need to make a proper Tom Collins (a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist), the 3-foot-by-2-foot "Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" artwork teaches mixology basics you'd typically learn in bartending school, sans tuition fee.

In addition to mainstays like the Negroni and the Whiskey Sour, the poster also includes relatively obscure drinks (ever heard of the Golden Dawn, or the Journalist?), which you can attempt after drinking your way through your favorite concoctions. Before you know it, you'll be explaining to your friends the intricacies of why you should stir martinis instead of shaking them (sorry, James Bond), or the difference between a highball and a Collins glass. Bottoms up!

"Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" costs $37, and is currently available for pre-order. Shipping begins on Friday, October 20, 2017. (To see the poster's details up close, visit Pop Chart Lab's website and click on the diagram.)

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Attention Beer Lovers: A London Brewery Is Hiring a Professional Taste-Tester
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Beer lovers aren’t given many chances to discuss their passion for imbibing at job interviews. But a new open position at London's Meantime Brewing Company lists that expertise as one of the top qualifications. As Fortune reports, the brewery is seeking a professional beer taster to help improve its products.

The brewery’s part-time employee will “join the panel brewers as they taste, discuss, and pass opinion on a range of different beers,” according to the job listing on LinkedIn. On top of steady access to free booze three hours a week, the taster will receive a competitive salary “with beer benefits.” As the description reads: “Yes, this could just be the best job in the world.”

Meantime isn’t just considering any casual beer drinker for the role. Their ideal candidate will have a precise palate that can distinguish “chocolate malt from dark malt” and “Fuggles from Cascade hops.” They will also have an understanding of global consumer markets, a functioning knowledge of English, and an extensive beer vocabulary. The brewery is located in the London borough of Greenwich, so applicants who aren’t local should be willing to relocate.

Founded in 1999, the Meantime Brewing Company made its name on the beer scene with signature beverages like their London Lager, London Pale Ale, and Yakima Red. If you’re interested in joining the team, post 30 words on your LinkedIn profile explaining why you deserve the gig, along with any photos or videos that may help your case, with the hashtag #pickmemeantime. The company will narrow down the pool to three candidates for an in-person beer tasting before deciding their top pick. Meanwhile, you can prepare for the job by brushing up on your beer facts.

[h/t Fortune]

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