Drink Up: The Porthole

Photographer: Via theportholeinfuser.com


The Porthole

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.

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Mike McMonagle is a late-to-bed guy who tries daily to be an early riser. He drinks coffee, beer, whiskey and water regularly. He moonlights as a singer/songwriter by the name of Mike McMonagle. He makes photos sometimes, usually of his cat, or of puddles. Mike is the former digital editor for Fly; he left in 2015.

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