Although The Porthole technically debuted in 2011 as a custom piece created by design firm Crucial Detail for The Aviary in Chicago, its notoriety – and availability – has grown significantly following a massively successful Kickstarter campaign in 2012. In the years since, more and more bars, namely upscale cocktail bars, have added the 13-ounce “infusion vessel” to their arsenals. More than just looking really cool, however, The Porthole is actually quite effective in mixing up some delicious, if not unconventional, drink recipes. Cocktail crafting has never looked so artistic.
Where to find it
When you ask the bartender at 1700º Steakhouse in Harrisburg for “The Porthole,” you’ll be getting more than just the sleek infuser. It’s also the name of a delightfully unique cocktail that blends a bouquet of herbs, star anise, orange peel, cinnamon sticks and apple and orange slices with a blend of spiced rum and Goldschläger. Notice how the drink differs in taste as you experience a slightly different balance of infused flavors with each pour.
• 1 North Second Street, Harrisburg; (717) 237-6400
• Monday-Saturday, 5:30-10 p.m.
Where to get it
Order your own online at theportholeinfuser.com for $99. Bonus: The Porthole comes with recipes from The Aviary.