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Cocktail Slide Charts

Cocktail recipes at your fingertips on fun to use and liquid resistant slide charts.

Cocktail Slide Charts

Cocktail recipes at your fingertips on fun to use and liquid resistant slide charts.

$1,365
pledged of $ 8,500pledged of $ 8,500 goal
53
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 19 2013 4:02 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated June 19, 2013

About

These Cocktail Slide Charts function as quick reference guides: simpler, easier, and faster to use than a complicated recipe book, confusing phone app, or slow loading website. Now that the three designs are complete they are ready to be constructed out of durable and liquid resistant plastic which will make these easy and fun to use cocktail slide charts look great and last a lifetime!

The Designs and Recipes

The images below show the front and back of the external case of the slide charts and give you an idea of which slide charts include which recipes. (These images are not shown to scale, the actual size of the slide charts is 6.5 inches by 3.5 inches, which is the perfect size for slipping in your pocket.)

POPULAR:

Popular Side A - Shown with Sidecar Recipe Selected
Popular Side A - Shown with Sidecar Recipe Selected
Popular Side B - Shown with Gimlet Recipe Selected
Popular Side B - Shown with Gimlet Recipe Selected

RUM BASED:

Rum Side A - Shown with Santiago Recipe Selected
Rum Side A - Shown with Santiago Recipe Selected
Rum Side B - Shown with Hurricane Recipe Selected
Rum Side B - Shown with Hurricane Recipe Selected

VODKA BASED:

Vodka Side A - Shown with Flying Kangaroo Recipe Selected
Vodka Side A - Shown with Flying Kangaroo Recipe Selected
Vodka Side B - Shown with Blue Shark Recipe Selected
Vodka Side B - Shown with Blue Shark Recipe Selected

THE RECIPES: WHICH, WHERE, AND HOW

Popular - I researched at least 10 different sources including books, websites, and knowledgeable friends. As much as possible I used the IBA (International Bartenders Association) website as the authoritative source. All of the information I gathered was distilled into a master spreadsheet cataloging the possible drinks and their ingredients. Those recipes were then filtered based on popularity, name notoriety, and ingredient overlap as I worked toward building the first slide chart. This process was long and tedious, requiring many iterations before arriving at the final version.

Rum and Vodka - The same approach was used, but it was important that there were no repeated drinks from slide chart to slide chart. After that the selection criteria was once again popularity based with special consideration for name awesomeness.

IMPORTANT RECIPE DISCLAIMER: In the process of creating these slide charts I found that many recipe ingredients and quantities vary from source to source. I'm warning you in advance that one or more recipes on these slide charts may differ slightly or even drastically from what you know as a specific drink. This is mainly because of recipe variation across my sources, with a few exceptions because of the data compilation techniques required to condense the immense amount of information into usable slide charts.


Slide Chart Construction

So far I only have hand made paper prototypes, which you can see in the video above, because, unfortunately, in order to get true representative examples I need to place a large quantity order. And that is exactly why I need your support: Help me turn the above designs into durable, liquid resistant, and fun to use Cocktail Slide Charts that we can all enjoy!

By standardizing the shape and general layout of the 3 designs I've made them more convenient for keeping together in your liquor cabinet or recipe shelf, and I've also reduced some manufacturing expenses. 

I want these to be high quality items that you and I can be proud to show to our families, friends, and acquaintances at any drink mixing event. For that reason I refused to be talked into a cheaper material option (paper with some coating) which is what all of the manufacturers I spoke with suggested I do in order to keep costs down. I was convinced these slide charts needed to be liquid resistant, and  I confirmed it the first time I used my paper prototype and managed to squirt lemon juice all over it!

I have sent my initial design out to the top manufacturers of slide charts in the U.S. for pricing and have even investigated having a local printing and die cutting business manufacture these slide charts. I have not settled on a manufacturing source yet, as the pricing I received back varies slightly depending on the quantity ordered. Once I know what kind of quantity is required to fulfill backer rewards I'll be able to select the best price and quality option for manufacturing.

The Inspiration (if you're interested)

I was sitting at my desk at work tidying up my drawers on a slow Friday afternoon when I came across a slide chart. The chart was left in my desk from the previous occupant and it was for electric motors or something like that. I sat marveling at how neat and sort of fun slide charts are and how well they filter and present complicated information. 

Well, I got to wondering if I could make a slide chart for something cool and useful. Something at least more interesting than electric motors. So I got to thinking about what type of information I'd been looking up lately. Turns out I'd been working on expanding my "cocktail awareness" beyond my go-to Rum and Coke, and had been looking up cocktail recipes. I had found that searching for a new cocktail recipe quickly turns into an overwhelming task with an amazing amount of drink options. I was using my computer, Ipad, and cell phone, but I'd always get distracted and find myself doing other things (like checking in on Kickstarter). Anyway, I got to thinking that a cocktail slide chart might be a nice handy little slide chart to have, and that others might find it useful as well.

Naturally I took the first step of anyone who thinks they've got a good idea, I Googled "cocktail slide chart". I was encouraged by what I found: First, there was nothing obvious that came up suggesting anyone was making or selling them. Second, it had been done before, but it was way back in the 1950's when cocktail popularity was high. I eventually was able to get my hands on 2 of these classic cocktail slide charts via ebay auctions. I played with those classic cocktail slide charts for awhile and began to see what I liked and what I didn't like about them. Then I decided I would attempt to design a modern day Cocktail Slide Chart.

I made these improvements based on the 1950's versions

Plastic not coated paper - Plastic makes for a completely liquid resistant slide chart with a great feel to it, and provides increased durability.

Wider ingredient indication window - A wider window makes these slide charts easier to read and use.

Inclusion of glass type image  - Any bartender will tell you that you just have to drink from the correct glass type in order to get the full experience of a cocktail.

Appropriate Quantity of Recipes  - This allowed for less cluttered slide charts and makes them easier to read and use.

ABOUT THE REWARDS

Obviously the slide charts are awesome rewards by themselves, but I also designed a very handy shot glass with measurement lines that is a nice compliment to the slide chart. It has the Cocktail Slide Chart logo on one side and the other side has measuring lines that will help you measure the correct amount when mixing these cocktails. My favorite part about the shot glass is that the measurement lines are symbolic instead of numerical, which means you can easily identify the measurement increments from above, while filling the shot glass! 

ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE

August - My goal is to have the slide charts and shot glasses delivered to all backers before the end of August. I know it seems like a long way out, but in researching where to have the slide chart manufactured, I've found that the consistently quoted lead time is 6-8 weeks. I've added additional time to that in order to account for working out any final design issues with the manufacturer, any hiccups in production, and for receiving and then shipping the finished products. Please realize this is my best guess at this point, and of course I'll do my best to improve on it, but it is possible that unforeseen challenges my arise, delaying final delivery. 

Risks and challenges

Backers are supporting this project at the final stages, which means you won't be exposed to many of the risks and challenges I've already overcome. As you can see from above, I've done all of the design work, except for any final adjustments that might be required in order to optimize quality during manufacturing. The main risk on this project now is in manufacturing. I've already received samples from multiple potential manufacturers, and have narrowed it down to a couple of manufacturers who make slide charts everyday and have excellent quality in their products.

The final challenge will be in fulfillment, and although this will be the first time I've taken on such a task I have contacts with shipping experience who have already provided helpful advice. As you can see from my project, I'm organized and manage spreadsheets well, both of which will help insure fulfillment success.

Finally, you may have noticed that this isn't the first Kickstarter project I've launched. Unfortunately, I learned on the first project that there are always unforeseen risks and challenges. We had to make the tough decision to cancel that project, in keeping with what we believed was the best interest of the backers. While I'm confident this project won't be targeted in the same groundless manner, I promise to treat backers with respect during all decision making, and will do so through openly communicated project updates.

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