The Obvious Place to Find Robot Bartenders

I’ve written a number of posts about robot bartenders and will continue to… as long as I’m entertained by the intersection of man and machine 😉 Overall – it’s rather cheesy, but it fits nicely aboard a cruise ship.

Researchers and engineers at MIT Senseable City Lab, Cambridge, in collaboration with The Coca-Cola Company and Bacardi rum, have designed a robotic bar, capable of preparing approximately one googol (equal to 10 power 100) crowd-sourced drink combinations. The project, called “Makr Shakr”, was developed with the endorsement of “World Expo Milano 2015 – Energy for Life. Feeding the Planet”, and was origintally tested during Milan Design Week (April 9-14th, 2013) before being unveiled in its final form at Google I/O in San Francisco (on May 15th, 2013).

Cocktail Technology and Robot Bartenders

Project Gutenberg

It doesn’t exactly mix up your drinks, but it is taking baby steps in providing an automated way to check inventory and automatically restock inventory. The recyclable alcohol dispensers, shipped to your doorstep, provide a compact and elegant tabletop display. An iPad app displays the recipe, and all you have to do is dispense and mix.

The Barman Smart Cocktail Shaker

This device connects via BlueTooth to your phone to help guide pours to perfect amount… just in case you are too lazy to keep track of your jiggers.

 

Bartendro

This Kickstarter raised almost $200K and successfully shipped their Raspberry Pi-powered robot bartender over the summer of 2013.

Somabar

Another DIY [Arduino-powered] robot bartender project raised $50K on Kickstarter and plans to ship summer of 2015.

 

Barobot

Order your own robot bartender either unassembled or RTP (ready to pour) for about $1,450.

The Whiskey Smash

One of my favorite cocktails is the Whiskey Smash in the summer months. It has a nice citrus-mint kick, while still allowing you to savor the complexity of the bourbon.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE WHISKEY SMASH

Garnish:Mint sprig

Glass:Rocks

PREPARING THE WHISKEY SMASH

In a shaker, muddle the lemon. Add the remaining ingredients and fill with ice. Shake, and double-strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice or one large ice chunk. Slap a mint sprig between your hands and use as garnish. Serve with a straw.