Introduction: Altoids Tin Martini Kit

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There are many Altoids tin survival kits out there, but only one contains what you really need in an emergency.

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Step 1: Building It

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All you will need to be prepared in any emergency is an Altoids or equivalent tin, some tiny bottles (the smallest one is from a miniature Tabasco sauce bottle), a tiny ziploc bag, a folding paper cup (about the easiest origami there is), and the stopper cannibalized from a dollar store water pistol. Oh, and of course gin (I favour Plymouth) and vermouth (Noilly Prat).

Drill a hole for the stopper. The diameter will depend on the exact stopper you use – I used a 5/16 bit. Be careful drilling this as you can easily buckle the metal – I started with a small bit and worked slowly up, putting almost no pressure on the drill head. The hole needs to be as neat and round as possible.

Insert the water pistol stopper. And that's it. You are now prepared for any situation that demands a small, warm cocktail.

If only I could figure out a way to ice it...

Step 2: Water Pistols Are Great

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This is the water pistol I got the stopper from. Water pistols have all kinds of useful parts which can be hacked for other projects. Stay tuned...


woadandbones (author)2016-03-01

You have a cooling problem, I have an answer. I'm sure you know about those chemical hand warmers (flex the disk and it gets hot), but did you know a similar creature exists in some first aid kits? Snap the disk, and instant ice pack. Search Amazon, I'm sure they have something smallish.

Jackson123 (author)2015-01-06

Suggestion...Use one of those small cone paper cups like you have at the dentist. Stand it up in the mouth of the bottle vodka bottle and poor your drink it. It vaguely represents a martini glass and will really sell the joke at the end.

sibu (author)2014-04-10

Freeze the gin, or well, as frozen as it will get ;) By the time you get to your destination, it should be about the right temperature.

nclarke (author)2011-08-18

Maybe make a small heat pump and solder it to the back of the tin?

justafew (author)2010-11-26

Kudos for your creativity and extra points for making me laugh (and provoking wicked thoughts) during a stressful holiday!! The perfect pocket size essential for the trip to the in-laws!

spookylean (author)justafew2010-11-26

I think I had pretty much the same thing in mind when I invented it...

or when the people you are with don't have enough money for a simple drink.

beam1980 (author)2010-11-26

Maybe we should try this whole idea with a small glass jar or something. Maybe storing the olive in the gin, so it will not rot. The vermouth could be in a little zipper pouch just dropped in the rest of it. You can keep the whole thing in the fridge for just in case... uhm... yeah...

But I guess having those small bottles and so on makes the process of mixing more enjoyable :) and therefor goes with the better show effect!

I do have a little tupperware thingie which is shot-sized. It would be perfect for a similar joke. Keep in fridge before you slip it in your purse ( I am a gal - guys you figure something out!) before going out. If you're lucky it will still be cool when you are drinking it! :D

It definitely is a curious ( in a good way!) idea!

spookylean (author)beam19802010-11-26

I'm sure it could be improved upon. Tupperware is a fine idea for actually making this practical, were you cocktail obsessed enough (I am).

yeolddingdong (author)spookylean2010-11-27

any ideas to make it non achoholic ?

Mekasia (author)yeolddingdong2010-11-27


yeolddingdong (author)Mekasia2010-11-29

what !!!!

Portable non alcoholic martini, buy bottle of evian water, open, enjoy.

lemon juice and water with some sugar in the bag. Use the instant ice packs you see in the First aid kits. Squeeze the life out of the instant ice as you shake!!!! insert and enjoy fresh cold lemonade.

Cervantes (author)2011-01-01

For chilling...First aid kit instant cold pack?
I could think of no better reason to deploy one...aside from an injury resulting in swelling..

rynplng (author)2010-12-21

Put a toothpick in with it =]

Sonic_Assault (author)2010-12-02

To chill it , maybe a small chemical ice pack?

eneergcam (author)2010-11-29

Its time someone admits they have a little bit of a drinking problem...hahaha just kidding

RedneckEngineer (author)2010-11-24

Shaken not stirred!

Kwitmeh3 (author)RedneckEngineer2010-11-28

Stirred by shaking

teckdeck (author)2010-11-27


yeolddingdong (author)2010-11-27

its snowing !

ampeyro (author)2010-11-27

good idea, i'l do it in a cookie box, or a fishtank

Mugai (author)2010-11-26

It is nice to find those who understand.
Thank you. And thank you for sharing your wonderful idea.

caarntedd (author)2010-11-26

Change nothing. BTW, did I say this is brilliant?

eschneck (author)2010-11-26

How about one of those little 12v thermal coolers that you find on USB refrigerators? I'm sure you could attach it to the bottom easily enough, and since it's metal it will transfer it's cooling "power". I would think a simple 9v battery plugged into it would be enough to get it up to snuff.

I'd love to see someone's face though as you break this out and begin mixing. It's definitely got the cool factor going for it.

spookylean (author)eschneck2010-11-26

Golly. That's a good idea.

Lewkish (author)2010-11-26

How about one of those instant cool packs? though you'd need a bigger tin.
BUT; bigger tin = more martini

insomniaSAH (author)2010-11-25

I was sitting here looking at the pics and going "Dang, you gotta be really hardup for martinis all the time if this is something you'd want to do"

but then I watched the video

and now I want to do this around my friends. Seriously, just whip out a tiny martini. I'd find a folding cup or some nonsense to rubber-band to the tin or something though xD

Arbitror (author)2010-11-25

The only flaw:

It isn't an Altoids tin!

spookylean (author)Arbitror2010-11-25

I was hoping the polar bear would chill the martini.

Arbitror (author)spookylean2010-11-25

True, true.

katherine1331 (author)2010-11-25

hahaha i love the video!
nice job!

kws103 (author)2010-11-25

This is freakin' brilliant! 5 stars!

thenewdoctorwho (author)2010-11-25

your missing a toothpick for the olive!

caarntedd (author)2010-11-24


Shades of Grey (author)2010-11-24

For those that like a little less vermouth they could use squirt gun trigger assembly to mist the cup, just cut down the tubing to fit the container for transport.

shootfilm (author)2010-11-22

Kudos on the Goldberg Variations as well.

Enosh74 (author)2010-10-19

You might try a simple endothermic reaction to chill it. Separating out the ammonium nitrate and water from a cold pack to put into smaller containers should work. Just make darn sure your ammonium nitrate doesn't leak into the martini. That will end poorly for everyone. Also, I haven't had an Altoid in ages. How water tight is the tin?

spookylean (author)Enosh742010-10-20

I actually thought about using a cold pack, and also sealing the tin better (it isn't very watertight) but it seemed like too much work for what is essentially a joke.

killerjackalope (author)2010-10-16


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