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This Machine Makes Instant Cocktails At The Push Of A Button

It was a whole process the first time I learned how to mix a martini. Though a cathartic experience, it would definitely be easier if I could push a button and have one ready to drink in seconds.

A new invention promising to be the Keurig of cocktails seems to have solved that, says Dose.

The Somabar is essentially a robotic bartender that will make cocktails for you the way a pod coffeemaker would. The machine operates six refillable “Soma Pods”, which are similar to K-Cups. Different kinds of liqueurs, bitters, syrups, and mixers are available to play with.

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The Somabar even goes one step further than a Keurig in that it is Wi-Fi operated. This means you can create your drink from anywhere in the house with your smartphone and just come pick it up when you’re ready.

If the trend of turning any kind of beverage into a Keurig-like machine continues, we may never have to interact with a living person to quench our thirst ever again. Though, unfortunately, you will have to add garnishes and shake the drinks yourself.

Still, a bartender that won’t cut you off…

You can pre-order units for $429 at their website now.

Images: Somabar

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5 Pumpkin Spice Dishes You Should Order Immediately

Pumpkin Spice menu items have been slowly trickling in from the usual fast food spots as October creeps up on us. While we’re salivating over pumpkin spice French fries, there’s a completely different world of elevated dishes featuring the popular seasonal flavor.

A group of Los Angeles-based restaurants have launched unique pumpkin-spiced items for the fall season. Let’s take a look at some dishes that go beyond the average burger and latte, made with a refined touch.

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Jack O’ Lantern Pumpkin Spice Latte

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The spooky-scary espresso is part of the handcrafted menu of Caffe Umbria served at Vinoteca found at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. If you’re one to delight in the face of Halloween staring back at you while you get your morning coffee fix, you may want to consider this drink.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Cruller

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Doughnut lovers will want to peep this cruller from Plan Check Kitchen + Bar. The pumpkin spice latte variation features pâte à choux dough formed into a circle, deep fried, topped with whipped candied pumpkin puree, cold-brew coffee pastry cream, and cinnamon-spiced sugar.

We recommend the cruller as a follow up to a juicy burger to end your meal on a sweet note.

Pumpkin Spice Martini

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Cocktail lovers will want to head down to Fig & Olive on Melrose to get this Pumpkin Spice Martini. The drink is made with vanilla-infused vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup, apple brandy, and pumpkin butter.

On the rim of the glass is a garnish of crushed graham crackers.

Whoa, wait… pumpkin butter?!

Pumpkin Fritters

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Roku in West Hollywood is now offering these Pumpkin Fritters for the fall. The fritters are topped with toasted hazelnuts and milk chocolate ice cream.

We recommend finishing the ice cream first, at least the fritters can be boxed.

Pumpkin Cake In A Box

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A few weeks ago, we covered BOA Steakhouse’s Cake in a Can. The summer carrot cake will now be replaced by a new spiced pumpkin cake with vanilla cream cheese icing, Berger Anisette cream, and candied pecan.

We’ve been known to bash pumpkin spice dishes pretty badly every now and then. Though restaurants get a pass when they get more creative with the seasonal flavor rather than simply adding a syrup or sauce.

Make sure to check out some of these spots next time you get the pumpkin spice itch, and maybe treat yourself to some elevation while you’re there. Can’t be eating burgers and burritos all the time.

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Red Robin Turned One Of Their Burgers Into A Beer

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While we’ve heard of plenty beer-inspired burgers from fast-casual spots, this might be the first time a restaurant went the other way and turned one of their popular burgers into a beer.

Red Robin just created a new alcoholic beverage inspired by their Banzai Burger.

The Golden Ale-style beer, called the Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale, boasts a 5.5% alcohol by volume. The New Belgium brewmasters used ginger, brown sugar, and black malt to build up the Umami notes found in the Banzai Burger. The burger itself features a teriyaki-glazed beef patty topped with grilled pineapple, cheddar cheese, lettuce tomatoes, and mayo.

It’s pretty interesting to see brands draw inspiration for craft beers straight from the burgers on the menu. If a success, Red Robin and other restaurant chains, could potentially tap into a vast resource of inspiration for new brews. Though we draw the line at anything with chunks of meat in it.

The Grilled Pineapple Golden Ale will make its debut at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver on Oct. 6-8.

 

Photos: Red Robin

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Man Claims To Have Invented ‘Hangover-Free’ Synthetic Alcohol

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Everyone knows that a hangover is the price for a great night of drinking. However, what if there was a way to avoid that unpleasant morning after and just bask in the “great” part?

A new synthetic alcohol has been discovered that’s said to completely pass through the hangover phase of drinking, according its creator Professor David Nutt of Imperial College and a former government drugs advisor.

Called ‘alcosynth’, the beverage was designed to mimic the positive effects of alcohol. The best part is, consumers won’t experience nausea, dry mouth, and throbbing heads. Nutt has already patented about 90 different alcosynth compounds.

Professor Nutt compares the effects of alcosynth to four or five drinks before they “max out.”

Because of the high cost of funding research for the drink, it will more than likely be a while before you can get your hands on alcosynth at a bar. However, Nutt hopes that people will be regularly drinking the synthetic alcohol by 2050.

The only downside to the discovery, it seems, is that we will no longer have the excuse to gorge on greasy hangover foods the next day. Hash browns and steak are an amazing way to squash that hangover.