Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bombs Away: Shove a Lime When It's Time

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Bombs Away: Shove a Lime When It's Time

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Byline: Dan Macdonald, Times-Union food editor

They say necessity is the mother of invention. In the case of the Lime Bomber, the inspiration comes more from that wacky cousin no one in the family talks much about.

The Lime Bomber is a kitchen gadget that no one needs, but would be sorta neat to have.

Those who drink Corona beer often shove a lime wedge into the bottle to give the beer a citrus kick. On a summer's day, it is a refreshing beverage combo.

But pushing a lime wedge into a bottle can be messy. The lime juice squirts all over your hands and inevitably splatters your date in the eye.

The Lime Bomber solves this problem.

Shaped like a beer bottle, it comes in two pieces -- a loader, which channels the lime in the bottle neck, and the plunger, which crams the lime into the beer. No fuss. No muss.

The inventor of this contraption is Brian Hill of Chicago. Like all important innovations of our time, his inspiration came at the golf course. It happened at the 19th hole, to be exact.

At his club, Hill explained, the bar is in the locker room. The locker room attendant serves as bartender, towel boy and shoe polisher. When Hill ordered a Corona, the attendant had just finished polishing some black shoes before cramming the lime in the bottle. The black smudges on the bottle and on the lime turned Hill into a Michelob Light drinker that day and an inventor the next.

It's a fun gift for the whole family, he joked, saying that his kids love to help him with his beer.

"They say, 'Can I bomb it for you?' "

(This summer at the neighborhood tiki bar, I can see my favorite bar back handling all the lime duties using the Bomber. The little guy will be bombing away even when no one has ordered a beverage. I don't look at it as corrupting a kid's morals. I'm teaching him valuable job skills he'll use when he gets to college. …

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