There are a lot of insane ways to consume alcohol – but one of the wildest methods is probably the Vaportini.
The device costs $45 online and uses a simple candle flame to heat up whatever liquor you pour into it. You then use the straw to inhale the alcohol vapors from a glass orb.
Vaportini sent a couple our way, so we decided to give them a try. However, it's important to note that "vaping" alcohol can be dangerous and should only be done in very small amounts.
Dr. Lisa Lowery of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital advised us to take in "just one small amount the first time and see how that goes."
“It is important to remember that alcohol goes directly to the brain and lungs by doing this," explained Lowery.
With the health risks in mind, we started off v e r y small – with a shot of liquor, for all of us to share.
After lighting up the small candle, we poured one ounce of liquor into the orb and (very carefully!) set it on top of the glass.
After five minutes, you use the included metal or glass straw to slowly sip the air from the globe.
The taste? Kind of like breathing in Hint water, except with alcohol.
If that's not descriptive enough, imagine walking through a fog and inhaling its cold mist. The mist lightly coats your tongue with, depending on the spirit, a very subtle whiskey flavor, without the aggressive burning sensation of alcohol.
Read on for our first impressions.