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The Muddle Buddy! Muddling amazing cocktails without the mess! Now you are the pro at work and at home! Read more

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Funding Canceled

Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on June 17, 2014.

The Muddle Buddy! Muddling amazing cocktails without the mess! Now you are the pro at work and at home!

About this project

 Here is a link to one of our instructional videos on how to make a Muddle Buddy Strawberry Daiquiri:

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A muddler is a bartender's tool, used like a pestle to mash—or 'muddle' fruits, herbs, and/or spices in the bottom of a glass to release their flavor. A Muddle Buddy is a splashguard that is used with a muddle and a mixing glass. It reduces contamination from the bartenders hand and contains all the ingredients in the mixing glass while the ingredients are being muddled. 

Muddle Buddy, Muddle, Mixing Glass
Muddle Buddy, Muddle, Mixing Glass

My name is Ashton Phillips, and I am the inventor of the Muddle Buddy. I have worked in the restaurant industry for 21 years. Over that time I have held positions ranging from busser to District Manager of multi-location restaurant chains. I came up with the idea for the Muddle Buddy after watching countless bartenders struggle with the messy process of muddling. I have run into the issue numerous times where the ingredients being muddled together splash out of the mixing glass and end up on the bar or worse, on a customer. I decided enough was enough, and took action to solve the recurring problem.

I contacted a family member, "Mike", who had a connection to a design specialist named James Spouler from Octo Industries Ltd. I met with James and discussed the idea I had to create a splash guard to be used in conjunction with a muddle. After a few meetings he came up with a version of what I had explained to him. Here is what that first run looked like:

Muddle Buddy Version 1
Muddle Buddy Version 1

After some testing, we realized the slit you see in the above photo wasn't necessary as we originally thought, and It still allowed some ingredients to escape the mixing glass. We decided to remove the slit from the design and took a few more measurements for additions to the Muddle Buddy for improved functionality. We added an outer rim that would snugly fit to any shaker tin and an inner ring that fit perfectly into a pint glass so it was multifunctional. Here is a 3D rendering of version 2:

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After a few small measurement tweaks, we machined a new mold plug in the workshop.  

Hard plastic Muddle Buddy mold plug. Fresh off the CNC machine.  After some sanding and polishing this will be used to make the mold for the Muddle Buddy Version 2
Hard plastic Muddle Buddy mold plug. Fresh off the CNC machine. After some sanding and polishing this will be used to make the mold for the Muddle Buddy Version 2

 From that plug we created a mold, and the first fully functional Patented Muddle Buddies were ready to be poured and tested.

Prototype process.

Here is a quick run down of the making of one prototype Muddle Buddy.

Clean and ready,  the Muddle Buddy prototype V2 mold.
Clean and ready, the Muddle Buddy prototype V2 mold.
Start with some Part-A
Start with some Part-A
Add some colorant.
Add some colorant.
Mix it up.
Mix it up.
Add the part-B.
Add the part-B.
Mix again and Inject it into the mold.
Mix again and Inject it into the mold.
Let the whole thing sit for a good 10 - 12 hours.
Let the whole thing sit for a good 10 - 12 hours.
Crack the mold to find another finished prototype Muddle Buddy.
Crack the mold to find another finished prototype Muddle Buddy.

Muddle Buddy Prototypes are Multiplying.

Muddle Buddy in use
Muddle Buddy in use
Muddling without the mess
Muddling without the mess

 Now that we have a working Muddle Buddy Prototype we have taken it to a few different mold makers and received quotes for the commercial molds to be made. James has worked with the mold company to make sure they have the files needed to proceed. They have assured us that everything is in working order and are awaiting us to give them the green light. That's where the Kickstarter community comes in. We need your help to get the molds made!!!!

I also thought it would be cool to offer a complete Muddle Buddy kit for the at home user........ So I contacted Elton, over at Studio 306 Design, and we came up with amazing retail packaging.

Prototypes of the retail packaging
Prototypes of the retail packaging

 Here is the Muddle Buddy packaging with contents inside:

Muddle Buddy Retail Package
Muddle Buddy Retail Package
More retail packaging
More retail packaging

The contents of The Muddle Buddy kit include: Muddle Buddy, Muddle, Muddle Buddy recipe book, Shaker Tin, Pint Glass, and Strainer. Everything you need to make awesome muddled cocktails at home.

Here is some content from the recipe book that comes with the Muddle Buddy Kit:

Muddle Buddy Recipe Book
Muddle Buddy Recipe Book
 Table of Contents for Muddle Buddy Recipe Book:
Muddle Buddy Recipe Book table of contents
Muddle Buddy Recipe Book table of contents
 

Muddle Buddy Strawberry Daiquiri:

Muddle Buddy Strawberry Daiquiri
Muddle Buddy Strawberry Daiquiri
YUMMY !!!!!! Strawberry Daiquiri
YUMMY !!!!!! Strawberry Daiquiri

KICKSTARTER FUNDING WILL BE USED TO:

The first step to be completed after successful funding from the Kickstarter community, is to get the commercial mold tooling made. Once the mold is complete we will be able to purchase the initial production run of 5000 units. The second step will be to purchase the initial production run of the packaging. Here is a diagram of what the packaging layouts look like:

BOX DIE LAYOUT
BOX DIE LAYOUT

The third step is to pack the Muddle Buddy contents and ship them off to all of our amazing supporters. 

Time to Party!!!
Time to Party!!!

Risks and challenges

There is always going to be the unknown obstacle that will arise in creating something brand new. We will work diligently to make sure that any delay or obstacle is resolved faster than you can say, "Muddle Buddy". Most of the delays that would put this project behind schedule have already been ironed out in the development phase,and we are hoping this process will move forward smoothly. Always the optimist we shall be!!!

We also face the challenge of spreading the word about Muddle Buddy. Please help us get the word out on blogs, social media, and every other cool way there is to inform your friends. Thank you all so much for your support!

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    Pledge $5 or more
    About $5 USD

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    A personal thank you, hand written and mailed out to you for supporting us in our adventure, to create this new exciting bar tool. Access to all instructional videos on www.muddlebuddy.com

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    A Buddy for you: Your very own Muddle Buddy to use with all the fancy cocktail equipment you have at work or at home! Access to all instructional videos on www.muddlebuddy.com

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    A Buddy for you: Your very own Muddle Buddy to use with all the fancy cocktail equipment you have at work or at home! Access to all instructional videos on www.muddlebuddy.com

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    THE BASICS: A Muddle Buddy and a Muddle. These are the essentials you will need when creating fancy muddled "mess free" cocktails for your friends and patrons. Access to all instructional videos on www.muddlebuddy.com

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    THE BASICS: A Muddle Buddy and a Muddle. These are the essentials you will need when creating fancy muddled "mess free" cocktails for your friends and patrons. Access to all instructional videos on www.muddlebuddy.com

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    About $32 USD

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    STEPPING UP YOUR GAME: A Muddle Buddy, Shaker Tin, Muddle and Mixing Glass. This is for pro that has the general idea of how to impress their guests, and just needs the Muddle Buddy gear to do it. Access to all instructional videos on www.muddlebuddy.com

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    STEPPING UP YOUR GAME: A Muddle Buddy, Shaker Tin, Muddle and Mixing Glass. This is for pro that has the general idea of how to impress their guests, and just needs the Muddle Buddy gear to do it. Access to all instructional videos on www.muddlebuddy.com

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    THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: You get everything we have to offer! A Muddle Buddy, Muddle, Shaker Tin, Pint Glass, Strainer and a Muddle Buddy recipe book all neatly packaged in our retail packaging. Access to all instructional videos on www.muddlebuddy.com

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    THE COMPLETE PACKAGE: You get everything we have to offer! A Muddle Buddy, Muddle, Shaker Tin, Pint Glass, Strainer and a Muddle Buddy recipe book all neatly packaged in our retail packaging. Access to all instructional videos on www.muddlebuddy.com

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    THE BALLER: You get everything that is listed in the complete package as well as a drink named after you put into our recipe book and instructional videos. You will be contacted by Muddle Buddy staff to come up with a cocktail that fits your personality profile. YOU ROCK BALLER STATUS STYLE :-)

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    THE BALLER: You get everything that is listed in the complete package as well as a drink named after you put into our recipe book and instructional videos. You will be contacted by Muddle Buddy staff to come up with a cocktail that fits your personality profile. YOU ROCK BALLER STATUS STYLE :-)

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    THE BOSS: Everything that's included in THE BALLER plus we want to meet you and take you to dinner at Kobe Japanese Steak House in Vancouver B.C. Airfare and hotel accommodation from anywhere in Canada or the USA. (two nights, three days) Followed by a tour of various different establishments that are currently using our prototypes to make muddled cocktails. All activities included in the pledge amount. You will also end up in the video production for our website. It will be a extravaganza you shall remember for a lifetime and so will we!!!

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    THE MARRIAGE PROPOSAL: We will put your company logo on everything Muddle Buddy is producing and work with you to help promote your business on our products. What....??? you have a rum company that is primarily used for Mojito's? Sounds like a marriage made in heaven.

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Funding period

- (60 days)