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A simple and beautiful infusion vessel that can be used for cocktails, oils, teas, or any infusion imaginable.
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Happy Holidays!

Posted by Martin Kastner / Crucial Detail (Creator)

Hi everyone.

I hope you’re enjoying your Portholes. For the holiday season, we’ve created a new recipe to share with you:

Thank you all for helping us make the Porthole a reality. We concluded shipping the Kickstarter edition some time ago, followed by add-ons and pre-orders. A small inventory is now available at our Chicago location as well as at our facility in Spain. Our Porthole minisite has just gone live at There, we will continue to feature monthly recipes along with news, use tips, and a replacement parts shop.

Large tumblers

One very exciting development is that, thanks to suggestions from many of you, two larger versions of the tasting tumblers are now in production. We’ve gone through the development process with the manufacturer and anticipate a small batch arriving January in the EU and February in the US. If you’re interested in the larger tumblers, please fill this form out. This will help us gauge interest and adjust production volume, if necessary. We’ll notify you once production is complete. Let me just say that they feel fantastic in the hand and one of the two samples we received is now my absolute favorite nightcap snifter. The volumes are 4 fl oz and 7 fl oz (120 and 200ml). The one on the far right is the original for your reference.

Porthole user community

Images posted by memebers of the Porthole Tips and Recipes Facebook Group
Images posted by memebers of the Porthole Tips and Recipes Facebook Group

In my last update, I mentioned a Porthole Use and Tips Facebook group. The group has been going strong with users frequently sharing recipe ideas and images. If you’re not a Facebook person, we’d still love to see your creations! Please tweet us your recipes and photos @CrucialDetail and use the #Porthole hashtag, or share with us via email, tumblr or Pinterest. There is always the possibility that your creation could become the recipe of the month on!

Crucial Detail web shop for the EU launched

Now, for the first time, a variety of Crucial Detail designs along with the Porthole, are available for purchase to our European customers. Our EU and US web shops can both be found at:

On behalf of myself and the entire team at Crucial Detail we hope you have a great holiday!

Thank you again.


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    1. Michael C on

      Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    2. Martin Kastner / Crucial Detail Creator on

      @electronaut @Daina The glasses shipped in the gray Porthole kit under the Porthole box and recipe cards, next to the tea packet.

    3. Daina on

      I'm with electronaut, I never received my glasses either.... granted, I'd forgotten about them til now, but still...

    4. Jennifer Y Lee on

      How funny! I made a similar infusion for Thanksgiving! Cider + Rum + Apples + Oranges + Cinnamon Sticks + Star Anise. Not as mojito-y but still pretty good.

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      electronaut on

      I have a quick question about the KickStarter editions. I pledged at the $175 level and got 2 black Portholes.

      What I did not ever get, however, were the tasting glasses which I thought were supposed to come with each Porthole. Can you look me up based on my Kickstarter post/account here, or should I contact you in some other way about this?