If anything symbolizes the rethinking of drinking that is the Aviary, it's The Porthole, the elegant round "infusion vessel" in which flavors are allowed to steep, visibly, in spirits before pouring. Now you can have one of your very own (and it doesn't involve theft, which apparently has been attempted on multiple occasions). The original Portholes were created by hand by Martin Kastner and Crucial Detail at a cost of several hundred dollars each. Kastner redesigned them for mass production— and then turned to Kickstarter to raise the money in advance for a version which would run about $100. In effect, they're using Kickstarter as a preorder service— which would only collect your money if enough capital was raised to fund production. The Kickstarter offer was, as you might expect, complete with video by Christian Seel, which we have below.
As it happened, the $28,500 minimum goal was passed within a couple of hours yesterday, but that doesn't mean you still can't get one— you can order yours for $95, plus there are special edition Portholes at $250... and there's even the chance to spend the day making cocktails with Grant Achatz and Charles Joly for $5000. Whether or not you really want to drop a bill on your own Porthole, we'll tell you what you do want to do, which is: watch the short video Kastner et al. made to sell the idea, which reveals that the inspiration comes from (serious movie geek alert) a fantasy version of Jules Verne made by Karel Zeman in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s, and shows a wide variety of ways to fill the vessel's geometric shape with beautiful ingredients. Make your pledge-slash-preorder here; watch the video below.