Altoids Tin Martini Kit




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

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

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...

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    41 Discussions


    3 years ago

    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.


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    8 years ago on Introduction

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


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    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!

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    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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).

    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.


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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..


    8 years ago on Introduction

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