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06/26/2015 12:23 EDT | Updated 06/26/2016 01:12 EDT

Canadian creation Bartesian works like a Keurig machine for cocktails

Making the perfect martini could get a lot easier with a Canadian invention that's like a Keurig for cocktails.The Bartesian operates almost exactly like the popular coffee machine, using premixed flavour capsules to craft a variety of different alcoholic drinks.Users supply their own alcohol in reservoirs on each side of the machine, which can store four base liquors.To make a drink, they just pop one of six different cocktail capsules into the machine, adjust the flavour strength on a digital screen and press a button to start the process.Each capsule contains non-alcoholic ingredients, like juices, bitters and liqueurs."We didn't do anything fake — no high fructose corn syrup, nothing weird like that," said co-founder Bryan Fedorak.Among the six flavours are many standards, like Cosmopolitan, Margarita and Sex on the Beach.Bartesian was dreamed up by two entrepreneurs from the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario last year. Television personality Dee Brun, a frequent cocktail consultant on CBC talk show "Steven and Chris," helped pick the flavours.Earlier this month, the creators launched the Bartesian on crowdfunding website Kickstarter in hopes of raising $100,000 to begin production.As of Friday morning, the campaign had generated about $67,000 of that goal with an end date set for July 16.Pre-sales for the Bartesian are priced at $299. Eventually, Fedorak wants to sell the machine online and through select retailers."Our vision is to have hundreds of different flavours," he said.Fedorak hopes the capsule selection will eventually grow to a size where they can be sold in themed packages, like Girls' Night Out or a variety inspired by TV series "Mad Men."Bartesian capsules are also recyclable, Fedorak said, which helps avoid a frequent complaint about the waste Keurig's plastic K-Pods create.Follow @dj_friend on Twitter.