Automated cocktails: Drop the bartender?

Barsys cocktail maker is the perfect plan for the patient party person

April 30, 2018 03:55 pm | Updated 03:55 pm IST

 The Barsys is more of a party trick that works really well if the demand for cocktails is not high

The Barsys is more of a party trick that works really well if the demand for cocktails is not high

In a world where apps make tasks easy, and artificial intelligence can replace a human being for a wide variety of tasks, it is little wonder that we now have an automated cocktail-maker.

While the logic behind the Barsys cocktail maker is flawless and it works great too, what it lacks is the flamboyance of a human cocktail mixer. It will not spin bottles in the air, or slam down two glasses on the bar top and double-pour a generous measure with a wink, or listen to your tail of woe out of the goodness of its heart. The Barsys is more of a party trick that works really well if the demand for cocktails is not high. And, it does need some patient setting up.

If you look at the photo of the product, then you will understand that the 5 nozzles on top are where you fit your liquor bottles through a special adaptor. The downside is that once you fit the bottles, getting them off without them being empty is a messy affair.

Special Arrangement

Special Arrangement

At the rear of the machine are caps with tubes that screw into soda PET bottles, and here you can have your aerated mixers. At the side of the machine are three mini missile silos into which special bottles fit. Into these bottles you can fill up your fruit juices, or sugar syrup or any other non-carbonated mixer. Setting the machine up is only half the job done.

You have to then download the Barsys app, currently available only for Android; the iOS app is under development. The app is linked to the machine via Bluetooth, a smart move, since it eliminates the need for a Wi-Fi network. Then you need to input into the app what liquor or mixer is fitted where in the machine. Now, you’re ready to go.

The app has a huge library of cocktails that it will suggest, depending on your alcohol and mixers. It will also let you tweak cocktails to your taste by way of increasing or decreasing the measures. Plus, it will let you create cocktails of your own. Then all you need to do is put the glass on the moving coaster and tap your phone and watch, as your cocktail is prepared.

It is quite amazing to see the glass slide left and right as various measures are poured out and mixed. There is also a cocktail mixer supplied, that has a little rotating mix mechanism inside it, that starts spinning once the cocktail mixer is placed on the moving coaster. The Barsys is great for a sophisticated gathering where the demand for cocktails is few and far between.

Also, it is not cheap, retailing at ₹99,999 plus taxes. For a demo visit, ask at

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