"With the Cocktail Computer, imbibing just got even more fun." - mental_floss
"...while convenience is at its core, there’s something quite magical about the device." - Cool Hunting
"Don Draper would be very pleased." - Visual News
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Hi Kickstarter! Have you ever wanted to make the perfect cocktail? Be the hostess with the mostess? Give Don Draper's classiness a run for its money? If so, I think you're going to love the Cocktail Computer.
Is the Cocktail Computer Right For Me?
It's 5 p.m. and you have a fully stocked liquor cabinet but no idea what to make for cocktail hour. Eventually, you end up chugging a box of wine from frustration.
Enter the Cocktail Computer; the perfect computations for life's libations
The Cocktail Computer is a retro-chic, analog device that suggests cocktail recipes based on the ingredients you have in your home.
Not a cocktail drinker? Hosting a baby shower? Under 21? Not a problem. The Cocktail Computer’s got some delicious mocktail recipes as well. Parties are about having a fun, social atmosphere where everyone can be involved, regardless of their libation inclinations.
How did the Cocktail Computer come to be?
I love making cocktails at home. I have countless cocktail books and a well stocked bar, but found I was getting overwhelmed with too many options. Conversely, my friends with little cocktail experience wanted to be able to make good at-home cocktails, but didn’t know where to start.
I wanted a way for cocktail lovers of any experience level to be able to find reliable, curated cocktail recipes based on the ingredients they like and can easily keep in their home.
This is exactly what inspired the Cocktail Computer.
Cocktail books have reliable, curated recipes, but can’t easily be searched based on the ingredients I have in stock.
The Internet has millions of recipes based on the ingredients I have, but they aren’t reliably curated, and I don't want to spend my evenings glued to a screen sifting through millions of results for 'gin' and 'lemon' cocktails.
What I discovered from countless evenings scouring the Internet and studying my cocktail books, is that almost every popular or classic cocktail can be created with just 24 ingredients.
The Cocktail Computer reduces your shopping list, but the recipe cards can be swapped out with updated decks of recipes, so you’ll never run out of ways to impress your friends.
After months of prototyping, researching, and vetting, I've created a device that will provide you with a curated, reliable, delicious list of cocktails that any cocktail lover with a home bar could enjoy. It'll also look pretty rad on that home bar of yours.
What is included in the Cocktail Computer kit?
The Cocktail Computer kit includes:
1. The Cocktail Computer! This has a comprehensive list of the 24 essential ingredients to keep stocked on your bar. From those, you can select what you've got, and see what we suggest you create.
The Cocktail Computer is made of Polypropylene, a sturdy, food-grade plastic that will stand up to your most sophisticated spills.
2. Curated recipe cards with over 100 cocktail recipes. We know that cocktail expertise varies greatly. This was the core building block for creating the recipe cards. The cards include a wide variety of drinks, that are not only delicious and hand-selected by experts, but can be made by almost anyone.
These can also be swapped out with updated decks of recipes in the future, so you never run out of tasty cocktail recipes.
The cards are made of a similar material to a laminated deck of playing cards. We know these will be in the splash zone of your bar and we made sure they could hold up to drips, pours, splashes, and sputters.
3. Stainless steel cocktail pickers that double as cocktail garnishes. These are the pickers to select the ingredients you have on the Cocktail Computer. Find your recipe, and then use those picks to hold your martini olives, or Luxardo cherries for your Manhattan.
I have already reached out to several manufacturers to get quotes for the various parts that make up the Cocktail Computer. The designs of the Cocktail Computer, recipe cards, and cocktail pickers are all finalized.
Aside from the Cocktail Computer, the other parts and packaging will be made in the USA. If I can find a manufacturer in the US to do the Cocktail Computer for a reasonable price I would love to do that, but so far my research hasn't found anything that would be cost effective.
The order fulfillment aspect is already in place, as is the custom packaging.
Why I Need Your Help
As you can see, the Cocktail Computer kit has quite a few parts, which have sizable upfront manufacturing costs. That's why I'm here on Kickstarter. With your help, I'd love to make the Cocktail Computer a reality, and make the perfect computations for life's libations.
Thanks for checking out my project!
Risks and challenges
The Cocktail Computer has several parts that need to be coordinated with different vendors. I have contacted all of the manufacturers, identified material choice and process and have obtained quotes, but problems and delays will inevitably arise. Having worked in product design for almost 10 years, I am confident I will be able to overcome them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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