We are a Cocktail Expert and a Product Designer working together to bring a classic drink and tool to the modern mixing world.
- Check out our new video, we're really excited to have this up for a better description of the project, many many thanks to Devin and Joe for the help!
- A Reminder: Don't forget to add your shipping to your amount before checking out. Free local pick up is an option in Somerville, MA, just send us a note to let us know you plan on that. ~Thanks!
swiz·zle [swiz-uhl] noun, verb, swiz·zled,swiz·zling.
noun 1. a tall drink, composed of full-flavored West Indian rum, lime juice, crushed ice, and sugar.
verb(used with object) 2. to agitate (a beverage) with a swizzle stick.
3. to gulp down; guzzle.
A collaboration between a designer (Brian) and cocktail expert (Adam). We want to bring an updated bar tool to everyone: the home mixologist, the bartender, and the tiki world.
The swizzle stick hails from different parts of the world - from Slovakia, used in soups and stews, to the Caribbean, for mixing classic cocktails and made from the swizzle tree. Today these natural pieces are difficult, if not impossible, to find, so we wanted to make a modern version of this classic tool that everyone could get their hands on and enjoy.
We started our design process by identifying key parts of the swizzle stick that were important to its use and performance. These included how well it swizzles a drink and how you, the mixologist, interact with this tool. Through research and prototype iterations we finalized a rib patterned handle that gives grip while swizzling and adds to the aesthetic appeal of the piece. The "blades" of the SwizzleStik also went through a few iterations and the simplest design proved to be the best choice for a great-looking, functional bar tool.
theSwizzleStik will be made from recyclable material that will stand up to repeated cold temperatures in your drink mixing as well as the high temperatures and cleanser contact in your wash cycles.
Our blog has more detailed information so feel free to check it out!
Why We Need You!
We are excited to bring this bar tool to everyone and can't wait to use them ourselves.
We've done the research, the design, preliminary mold work, initial prototypes, and the planning. Now we just need your help to get through the next big step: the funding.
We plan on having production steel molds made in order to mold production parts here in the USA. It is expensive to make full production-ready molds that make quality parts. And even with a mold made there are still minimum order quantities that we must purchase to get this project off the ground.
All of this adds up, so we need your support to fund this project into existence.
If you'd prefer to pickup your items at The Boston Shaker in Somerville, MA we're happy to hold everything at the store for you.
You can donate the pledge amount (+ what you would have spent on shipping if you'd like) and we'll apply it right to the project.
Thanks so much!
Still finalizing the design, but we're thinking it's gonna be a tall zombie style glass, about 14 oz with plenty of room for crushed ice AND booze, that will be hand sandblasted with a cool tiki like design.
If anyone has suggestions or ideas on what they think the glass will have on 'em please let us know!
pledged of $16,500 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 17, 2012.
Apr 17, 2012 - May 17, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
Sign our wall. Thanks, every bit helps, so we'll put your name/company name on our thank you wall! You may also choose to be a part of the mailing list exclusive to Kickstarter supporters to find out more details about the project development and how we made it to where we are today.Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $6 or more
50 backers All gone!
This is a limited initial purchase allows you to get a SwizzleStik at half price! Help us get this project started and get a great deal as well. Add $5 to your pledge for shipping in the US, $15 International.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $12 or more
Get one great bar tool. Add $5 for shipping in the US, $15 International.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $23 or more
Two great new SwizzleStiks. Add $5 for shipping in the US, $15 International.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $50 or more
11 backers Limited (9 of 20 left)
To make sure the mold is ready to make the parts we have designed we have to produce a very small first run to see them first hand. This pledge will get you one of the very first SwizzleStiks off the mold and we will rush ship this to you as soon as we get them in! Add $5 for shipping in the US, $15 International.Estimated delivery: Jun 2012
Pledge $60 or more
6 SwizzleStiks will be coming your way, get extras for your friends or grab a set for your restaurant or bar. If you purchase more than one at this reward level you will get one more free SwizzleStik for each additional purchase. Add $5 to your pledge for shipping in the US, $15 International.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $75 or more
Swizzle Gift Set. Get two custom designed swizzle glasses with two SwizzleStiks. Each glass will be serialized only available during this Kickstarter campaign! Add $15 to your pledge for shipping in the US, $50 International.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $100 or more
3 backers Limited (9 of 12 left)
Grab an hour of Brian's design time to work on anything you want. New product development? Straight up 3D modeling? We can set up a time to meet if you are in the Boston area or everything can be done through Skype or the phone. In addition get 2 SwizzleStiks. Add $5 to your pledge for shipping in the US, $15 International.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $150 or more
4 backers All gone!
An awesome historical journey includes 2 SwizzleStiks, a wooden swizzle stick, a vintage copy of Old Mr. Boston cocktail recipe book where one of the first published swizzle recipe appears. We've done a lot of research on the history of this bar tool and think this is a really cool way to appreciate the old and the new. Add $10 for shipping in the US, $25 International.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $150 or more
2 backers Limited (6 of 8 left)
A spot at a special cocktail making class at The Boston Shaker in Somerville, MA with Adam. This includes your own swizzle presented to you in person and class on the art of the cocktail focusing on the swizzle by Adam. Classes will be 4-8 people and arranged after the Kickstarter ends.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $250 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
VIP Vacation Package. 2 SwizzleStiks, 2 custom swizzle glasses serialized and only available during the KickStart. In addition an evening at the Swizzle Inn in Bermuda (one of the claimed birthplaces of the swizzle), includes a VIP reservation for your group (up to 8) and introductions with the owner of the Swizzle Inn! Add $15 to your pledge for shipping in the US, $50 International.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
For the retailer, 125 SwizzleStiks. Shipping in the US included, add $100 for international.Estimated delivery: Jul 2012