For decades, the U-boat, a cocktail drink that can sink the unwary, was available only in select restaurants and pubs. The reason was simple: In its classic form, a U-boat is prepared by filling a schnapps glass with high-proof spirits and dropping this into a glass with soda. Cocktails made in this way, known as bomb shots, were therefore impossible to order in clubs, bars or similar types of hostelries where drinks are dispensed only in bottles.
Now, fans of mixed drinks have every reason to celebrate. The German company U-Boot Getränke (St. Ingbert) has brought to market the first packaged version of this classic libation. Working in collaboration with Greiner Packaging (Kremsmünster, Austria), one of Europe's leading plastic packaging manufacturers, the company has developed a new packaging, using an innovative "bottle-in-the-bottle" concept.