Mixology in the Wild
Take your favorite libation on the road.
Picture yourself in a scene from Out of Africa, the 1985 film starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep as an adventurer and novelist falling in love against a stunning Kenyan backdrop. As the tents on the plains go up, the sun goes down. A camp table awaits, set with a white cloth and a perfectly prepared meal. Now all you need are your favorite drinks. Take your spirits on safari – or any other trip - with elegant gear that’s made for mixologists.
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The Safari Bar Case, a leather-bound kit with brass hardware and a green suede leather interior, looks like an heirloom and becomes more handsome with use. Waterproof compartments hold two 750-ml bottles and two “on the rocks” glasses, and there’s room for a corkscrew and other accessories. This is a high-end kit for serious mixology on the road.
Not sure what supplies to pack for various kinds of trips? An instruction booklet comes with the leather-and-canvas Stephen Kenn Travel Cocktail Kit. Elastic webbing inside the case holds 9 empty bottles, a mixing spoon, and recipes for 15 different cocktails served at popular bars around the world.
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If you prefer a classic cocktail, consider the Martini Travel Bar Set with Case. Two 3 ½-ounce martini glasses and a stainless steel flask, double jigger, funnel and shaker nestle inside its velvet interior. This lockable kit even includes two olive spears—but you’ll have to provide your own olives.
If you need more space, pack two full-size bottles of your favorite alcoholic beverage into the Picnic Time Deluxe Portable Travel Bar Set. The case is available in black or mahogany leatherette and contains two martini glasses and cotton napkins, an atomizer spray bottle, and a stainless steel strainer, jigger, tongs, bar spoon and 16-ounce shaker. A removable, adjustable carry strap and padded handle makes it easy to take this setup to your favorite spot, and a velvet interior adds an elegant look.
Before your plane touches down in the wild—or wherever you’re going—brace yourself while you soar at 30,000 feet with a Carry On Cocktail Kit. Choose from Old-Fashioned, Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule or Champagne Cocktail kits. Each comes in a small tin with a recipe card and the tools and ingredients you’ll need to mix two drinks during your flight. The Old-Fashioned tin even has a linen coaster, so the airline’s paper one won’t stick to your glass. Alcohol and ice are not included, of course; see your friendly flight attendant for those items. The Carry On Cocktail Kit Travel Pack offers three cocktail varieties, tucked inside a handmade leather and canvas bag. Be forewarned: these kits are almost sure to generate conversation with your seatmate.
While the Bitter Truth Cocktail Bitters Traveler’s Set isn’t a complete bar for travelers, it makes a great addition to one. Five different flavors of bitters are included: celery, old-time aromatic, orange, Creole and Jerry Thomas (a blend of citrus, dried fruit, cloves, cinnamon and angostura bark). Each 100-ml. bottle is small enough to carry in your hand luggage when you go through a security point, so you don’t have to risk breaking your bitters.