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My Early Christmas Gift: The Ultimate Cocktail Blo...

My Early Christmas Gift: The Ultimate Cocktail Blogging Kit

To kick off our trip to Georgia for the holidays, Maggi gave me an early Christmas Gift, which simply blew away all my gifts to her in coolness. Now I have several more days to contemplate how she has already topped my efforts. She gave me the ultimate traveling kit for the cocktail blogger: Behold!
Cocktail-Kit

Dude. I am utterly overwhelmed.
It’s… a backpack.

Always there with the snark. We had been discussing what to pack to ensure a ready ability to mix cocktails during our pilgrimage. I joked that a famous, celebrity cocktail blogger such as myself needed a doctor’s little black bag with the tools of the trade. I could then be ready to dispense liquid goodness in any emergency.
Somehow, in the midst of all the packing, Maggi managed to go out and put together this kit. It’s a bit more impressive inside.
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The backpack is a Opteka Computer/Photo Backpack. The inside contains a large number of velcro adjustable compartments, which Maggi used to put in the essential bottles of booze, as well as a shaker, OXO measuring cups, corkscrew, sturdy stemless cocktail glasses, and my mesh strainer. Not shown, as they are in other pockets, are my juicer, channel knife, etc. At the time of the photo, I was still missing a bottle of Angustora Bitters. Readers of this blog and/or my Facebook page now know why I was so obsessed with finding bitters. There also is a pocket with space for two limes. Travel Perfection!
But is is also blogger perfection too. There is also space for camera, a dedicated pocket for memory cards and chip reader, and a pocket for my mini tripod. Finally, there is a large, padded compartment for up to a 17″ laptop. (This last was not included in the gift, an oversight I’m sure. I did get to borrow Maggi’s 15″ MacBook Pro, on which I write this post.)
So there you have it. Whinge in envy, all my fellow bloggers, I have the perfect kit. (No, you can’t carry it on, of course. But you could if you didn’t bring the booze.)


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  1. Jac

    23 December

    That’s great! Color me three shades of jealous… 😀

    Well done, Maggi.

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  2. Reese

    23 December

    Wow! Strong work on the awesome gift. I’ve been mentally working on what my travel kit will need to include. Thanks for the great suggestions.

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  3. OK, I need one of these. Why didn’t I know about this before Xmas so that I could put it on my list??

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  4. Doug

    29 December

    I posted it as soon as I got it. Any earlier and it wouldn’t have been a Christmas gift for ME!

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  5. Doug

    29 December

    By the way, after toting it around for a few days, it is officially awesome. Heavy, but awesome.
    I’m just not sure, Matt, how a Tiki guy (who claims he’s not a Tiki guy) like you could get thirteen rums, a bottle of BBB’s grog, and two pineapples in there.

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  6. It’s Friday the 25th and you know what that means? COCKTAIL NIGHT! This is an awesome idea for the partier on the go – so cool! Might need to get one of these as a Christmas present for my brother 🙂

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