It was Cinco De Mayo, and my friends and I wanted to celebrate. Fajita making was underway, and the guacamole was coming together. Margaritas (obviously) came to mind next. After looking up a recipe and seeing "ounces" and "splashes" involved, we got discouraged. We ended up settling on a neon-colored bottle of Margarita mix and added tequila until it tasted "right." It never tasted all that right.
Now, this is no way to celebrate, but frankly, precisely measuring cocktail ingredients can get in the way of a good time. To solve this common frustration, inventor Marcus Wang has created a new cocktail-measuring tool called the ReJigger, and he's looking to Kickstarter for some help getting it off the ground.
What the ReJigger does is simple: it has a compartment for the right quantity of each ingredient for a mixed drink. (Wang claims it makes an 'endless number' of different cocktails, but he starts with 9 basic recipes.) The tool is made out of BPA free, dishwasher safe plastic that is sectioned into three compartments.
So, if you're aiming for those Margaritas, you pour Cointreau, tequila, and lime juice in each of the compartments, following the color-coded recipe guide. It's sort of like Painting by Numbers, but instead of paint, there's booze, and instead of a pretty picture at the end, you've got a pretty cocktail. The Rejigger then caps onto a standard pint glass so you can shake the drink, and then works as a strainer to get the chilled cocktail into your serving glass.
If all goes as planned, the ReJigger is set to pack and ship in mid October. The project will be funded if at least $75,000 is pledged by this Friday, July 12.
About the Author: Amalia Safran is an intern at Serious Eats. You can follow her on Twitter @amaliasafran.