The Martini Hourglasses keep track of drinking time

Hammacher Schlemmer martini hourglass.

An hourglass in a martini glass doesn’t mean you should rush things.

Drinking games are kind of silly. Drinking with games however, is great. (Well, depending on what game one might be playing, that is.) But every game, great or not, depends on a set of rules, quite often game pieces, and something to dictate how they are used. It could be dice, a spinner, a deck of cards or some combination of all that sets the action in motion and from that point forward the race is on. At least until time runs out. Oh, did I mention the timer?

The Martini Hourglasses available at Hammacher Schlemmer ($ 74.95) combine drinking and games, without the need for a drinking game. The odd combination is a martini glass with sand in each stem. Featuring the familiar bulbous hourglass shape, the martini glasses are really 10 minute timers. After time is up, the glass can be flipped over like any other hourglass to start again.

With only a 10-minute countdown, perhaps it’s not such a good idea to try to keep pace with your glass. Luckily, it can be said that the hourglass is an effective commentary on the fleeting nature of time. Which is something barroom philosophers and game players alike might agree upon — if only to keep track of happy hour.