Breathe of Fresh Air
Julie Palmer sure as heck didn’t until celebrating the Winter Solstice in Sweden by enjoying a sauna with a bottle of vodka instead of water. Impressed by the effects, Julie wanted to recreate the experience sans-sauna. With the help of her engineer father, the Vaportini was born.
Comprised of a glass bowl, straw, stainless steel ring, and candle, the Vaportini uses a standard empty pint glass to heat alcohol to the point of vaporization, at which point it is inhaled through the straw. For the ultimate Vaportini experience, it is recommended you use one ounce of at least 80 proof flavored liquor. Each Vaportini is ready 5 minutes after lighting the candle, and depending on how your lung capacity is, can last anywhere from 20-40 minutes.
According to its creators, the Vaportini is a safer method of consuming alcohol because the effects are felt immediately rather than on a delayed schedule due to digestion. Whether or not this results in more responsible consumption is debatable, but it definitely sounds a lot easier on the liver!