Last Updated on December 12, 2020 by Fiona Maclean
Home cocktails at the press of a button with Drinkworks
Don’t we all want to our make life a bit more fun and glamorous and ultimately a little easier? Well, I’ve found just the thing….
I get enormous pleasure from my coffee machine; you simply insert pods, press a button and bingo, a lovely cup of freshly brewed coffee. Even better I recently visited Soho restaurant Bob Bob Ricard and there with the press of a button you can order champagne to your table…pure luxury! Now this concept has been rolled out into the drinks arena and Master of Malt have come up with the ingenious Drinkworks Home Bar, a sleek modern looking machine which would look smart in most kitchens and makes an array of delicious drinks and cocktails in your own home all at the press of a button. Everything from Old Fashioneds and Mojitos, to Kentucky Sours, Spritzers and Long Island Iced Teas.
The Drinkworks Home Bar was first launched in the US and is now available in the UK just in time for Christmas. Each individual cocktail pod holds precisely-measured ingredients. The smart technology calculates the precise amount of water and carbonation needed to deliver a perfectly chilled beverage every time. There’s no mess, no measuring or sourcing special ingredients, all you have to do is provide the glass to hold the cocktail and perhaps a slice of lemon or lime to garnish.
Drinksworks Set up:
My Drinkworks Home Bar arrived in a large, well-packaged box, which I unpacked and put in pride of place on my kitchen counter, it’s not small so you do need enough space. I set it up by following the step-by-step instructions which are also displayed on a little LCD screen on the front. Alternatively, if you prefer you can watch the full set up on YouTube. It takes about 30 minutes to get ready so bear this in mind if you are planning on serving drinks in a hurry. There are four steps to complete, rinsing and cleaning the water container, installing the CO2 cartridge, running an internal machine rinse and chilling of the water which can be done more quickly if you have ice cubes available.
Getting your drinks:
Once you have completed the set up the machine is all ready to make your first cocktail. Simply choose what you fancy to drink, I had a selection of different cocktail pods to choose from, I would recommend making sure you get some with your machine as it would be a huge disappointment not to be able to make a cocktail straight away. They come in packs of four and are available to order from the Master of Malt website priced at £15.99. They are not cheap (approximately £4.00 a drink) but hopefully over time, the prices may drop a little.
As with most machines, DrinkWorks does require some maintenance every now and then, but it does let you know when it needs a cleaning or when the Co2 cartridge is low. It comes with special cleaning tablets made by the company with enough tablets for you to do two cleaning cycles. You are also supplied with an extra Co2 cartridge.
Making your cocktails:
Once the set-up is complete, simply insert the pod, each drink pod has a bar code on the back that has to line up with the scanner inside the drink maker, the bar code tells the drink maker what type of drink it is and how cold to make it, and whether the drink needs carbonation or not. All you have to do is pick a suitable glass and press the flashing start button, it makes a rather good gurgling noise and within minutes you have a perfectly chilled cocktail all ready to drink.
My first cocktail was a Moscow Mule – a balanced blend of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, although it was ready chilled, I added a couple of cubes of ice and simply garnished it with a wedge of lime. My daughter tried the Lemon Fizz- an effervescent and refreshing tipple made with white wine and a dash of limoncello, perfectly chilled and carbonated. But my favourite to date has to be the Mojito which with a sprig of mint, some ice and a slice of lime was the perfect start to my weekend.
The Drinkworks Home Bar is a fabulous fun idea, although it’s not cheap at £399, it is a great way to entertain family and friends. It would, of course, make a fantastic Christmas present.
The Drinkworks Home Bar is available to order now from Master of Malt, priced at £399. The starter pack includes two CO2 canisters, cleaning tablets, an instruction booklet, and a stand for shorter cocktail glasses. Promotions and bundles featuring Pods and Drinkworks machines are running now.