We’re always mixing up new cocktails, experimenting with new flavors, and figuring out new and unusual combinations that happen to be delicious. When we came across The Porthole on Kickstarter, we were instantly enticed. The design is clean, modern, and beautiful, and would fit just perfectly in our future kitchen.
Named after circular windows traditionally found in the hulls of ships to let in light and air, the Porthole is a circular infusion vessel that can be used for cocktails, oils, teas, coffee, dressings, and more, with glass sides that provide a gorgeous view. Developed for Chicago restaurant Aviary by Martin Kastner at Crucial Detail, it was created with the idea of time-lapse infusions in mind.
Each Porthole holds 13 fl oz of liquid, and is made of precious ground and tempered low iron glass, food grade delrin, food grade silicone, and stainless steel. It is dishwasher safe and comes with three photo-etched stainless steel filter screens of varying densities, allowing you to experiment with different infusion styles.
We’ve shown you our take on infused vodkas, but have yet to delve into the world of infusing our own oils, teas, and coffees, and love the idea of creating entire cocktails and dressings in one infusion. The Porthole makes us super excited to experiment with all sorts of recipes! And as a design piece, we are in love. It’s the kind of thing you’d happily leave out on your counter or in front of a window to add a bit of homespun flair to just about any room in the house.
The Porthole is currently way over its goal on Kickstarter, but we still recommend getting behind this gorgeous piece of kitchenware. $95 gets you one black Porthole along with a seasonal cocktail recipe from Aviary. We’re in!
What do you think of the Porthole? Have you tried your own infusions at home? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or send us your recipe ideas over on Twitter.