Meet Horatio, the Old-Timey ‘Smart’ Speaker From Hendrick’s Gin

Hendrick's Gin
Hendrick's Gin

The tech news you almost definitely heard about this week was Apple’s unveiling of the iPhone 11, a characteristically sleek, user-friendly gadget meant to make your life as modern and efficient as possible. What you might not have heard about was the release of Horatio, a very genteel, relatively smart speaker from the creators of Hendrick’s Gin.

Horatio is not your father’s speaker. In fact, he’s more like your grandfather as a speaker. The tabletop device is made from brass, leather, and copper, and looks like the offspring of a phonograph and a candlestick telephone. He won’t eavesdrop on your conversations, but he also won’t necessarily answer your questions—his slightly snide, British-accented responses range from commenting on your outfit to telling you that it’s “a good day to carry an umbrella in one hand and a cocktail in the other.” If your cocktail happens to be a martini, you can rest it on Horatio’s built-in martini holder.

Hendrick's gin horatio speaker
Hendrick's Gin

The device was released by Hendrick’s new Department of Not-So-Convenient Technology, the intentional antithesis to virtually every other existing department of technology. While most people are optimizing their home offices with minimalist decor and lightweight robot assistants, Horatio is a mascot for those of us who miss the dusty, dimly lit, leather-covered comfort of Grandfather’s study.

He’s not unlike Hendrick’s Gin itself, whose manufacturing process is old-fashioned and utterly laborious. It’s made in a tiny Scottish seaside village on two types of stills, infused with 11 botanicals, and combined with rose and cucumber essences.

Hendrick's gin horatio speaker
Hendrick's Gin

To add to the intrigue, only five Horatios exist in the world, and each unique, handmade device costs $1113. If you want a Horatio for your own home, you should act fast—there's only one left in stock.

And, if you're wondering which drinks pair best with such an eccentric, elegant device, check out these fancy Prohibition cocktails.

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Turducken Pringles Are Real—But Good Luck Finding Them!

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Pringles

The monumental feat of not-so-modern engineering known as the turducken is just as mouthwatering as it is terrifying. But what if you could get all that sodium-saturated deliciousness without a laborious cooking process—and with a satisfying crunch to boot?

That’s the philosophy behind turducken Pringles, which you achieve by stacking turkey-, duck-, and chicken-flavored Pringles together and gobbling them up in one fell swoop. They’re part of Pringles’s Friendsgiving Feast kit, which also includes other classic Thanksgiving flavors like cranberry sauce, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

If you’re wondering who would deign to offend the gravy gods by purchasing such a kit, the answer, apparently, is just about everybody. According to Newsweek, there was such a plentiful bounty of online orders when the $16 kit launched yesterday that it sold out immediately, and also crashed the site.

“We underestimated your hunger for our Friendsgiving Feast!” the company wrote in an Instagram post. “Our website is experiencing heavy traffic and we’re doing everything we can to get it back up and running.”


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The comments on the post reveal just how tantalizingly close some prospective customers got to tasting the holy trinity of fowl-flavored chips—the site allowed some people to place the kit in their carts, but shut down as soon as they tried to complete the purchase.

Since then, several new eBay listings for the Friendsgiving kit have appeared, with offers starting around $100.

If you’re not willing to shell out the big ducks for the full feast, you can settle for a sleeve of Pringles’s roasted turkey chips, which are hitting shelves now for a limited time.


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[h/t Newsweek]

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