Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Have Bar, Will Travel


Are you an amateur mixologist who likes to bring the party with you wherever you go? If so, then I might just have the perfect gear for you – especially if you’re something of a traveler. On the other hand, if you’re not a globetrotting barkeep, but you do know someone who might just fit that description, then this could be the ideal gift for that special someone.

A company called Tumi has partnered with those good folks at Ketel One Vodka to put together some equipment for bartenders-on-the-go. One such item is The Mixology Set and its not-so-evil twin is The Mixology Backpack. While The Mixology Set is being offered again after Tumi introduced it last year, The Mixology Backpack is a new item to the company’s line of products; both of them belong to the company’s Mixology Collection category of items.


The Mixology Set is made of canvas with black leather trim – a design that just so happens to be modeled after the company’s trunks. When opened, The Mixology Set expands into something akin to a totable mini-bar.


This Italian-made kit can carry two bottles of whatever liquor you can fit into the spaces provided (although in the spirit of full disclosure, it should be duly noted that it was originally intended to carry Ketel One Vodka) and contains various barware tools including the following:

  • Leather bottle holders, custom-sized to fit Ketel One
  • Two premium martini glasses with removable supports that double as coasters
  • Ice bucket, tongs and scoop
  • Zester metal bar spoon
  • Vermouth spritzer
  • Two olive picks
  • Removable beech wood cutting board with integrated recess for signature Tumi knife
  • Shaker with 1 oz. and 2 oz. jigger
  • Two complimentary bottles of Ketel One


Does The Mixology Backpack seem more well-suited for your needs?  That one consists of the following:

  • Two exterior, water-resistant pockets to hold liter-sized bottles of Ketel One Vodka
  • Black interior lining around the main opening accentuated gunmetal hardware, fully unzips to reveal a spacious compartment
  • Expandable pockets neatly stock polished, stainless steel utensils including a shaker, 1 oz. and 2 oz. jigger and mixing spoon
  • Sleek removable pouch in main compartment that holds the essential bar accoutrements to blend the perfect drink anywhere, ideal for the on the go traveler
  • Additional zippered opening is perfect for large gear, such as laptops and iPads.


Arguably, that should be enough to keep the Transportation Security Administration agents on their toes, don’t you think? At the very least, I suppose you’ll have some great stories to share with friends about how you tried to get through airport metal detectors with all of this gear.

If you’re considering these lovely adult toys, be prepared to dig a bit deep. The Mixology Set will set you back nearly $5000 and the price of The Mixology Backpack is around $700.

Interested in purchasing? You can either order them from the Tumi Web site or visit a Tumi store near you. If you want to find a store, go here.

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