Could This Machine Be Your Favorite At-Home Bartender?

Starting this holiday season, you will be able to enjoy professional quality cocktails in the comfort of your own home.

A new smart cocktail machine, called the Bibo Barmaid, is slated to launch in late 2015. The machine was crowdfunded with Indiegogo, and promises to make expertly crafted mixed drinks at the mere touch of a button.

According to PRNewswire, the Bibo appliance works by combining alcohol pouches with cocktail pouches in order to mix an almost endless variety of beverages. Current cocktail pouch flavors include Tangerine Paloma, Cucumber Melon, Margarita, and Appletini, but the selection is only expected to grow in coming years.

Entrepreneur Debra Walker, who invented the concept behind the Bibo Barmaid, was inspired to create the machine by the subpar drinks that are often served at social gatherings. Walker stated, "I've hosted and attended many parties where the drinks were either too weak or too strong, and too many open alcohol bottles and mixers made it a mess, resulting in wasted leftovers. During a girlfriend get-together, I realized there had to be a better way to make cocktails.”

The Bibo Barmaid constitutes the realization of that vision. In Walker’s own words: “New technologies can make life easier and up the fun-factor. That's what Bibo is all about. The world's best bartender is right in your own home. Now you can make great drinks, choose from a wide variety of flavors, and forego the headache of buying all the ingredients and storing them after the party."

Both large investors, such as Givaudan -- billed as the world’s leading flavor company -- and individual customers appear to be very excited about the Bibo Barmaid’s impending release. The machine will retail for $249, and can be preordered on the product’s Indiegogo page.

Personally, we think that the Bibo sounds like the ultimate holiday gift. We plan on buying one for everyone we know, including ourselves!