As a former bartender, one of the most common calls was for a cold martini. People wanted a chilled glass, they wanted it shaken hard, and they wanted ice crystals floating on the top. Why? Because they wanted it cold. Over the years I became a martini drinker myself and have come to learn the beauty of an ice cold martini. I wanted to create an experience where the very last sip is as cold as the first ... and I have.
As a dentist, I would use dental impression material to make solid ice martini glasses which ended up melting quickly and being very messy. I started to think of a better way to create a cold glass. I thought maybe we could line the glass with a layer of ice. Glass is an excellent insulator, and perhaps this would be more effective than the solid ice glass. I also thought it was extremely important to use high-end glass stem wear as I like the feel of glass to my lips. There are some clunky plastic devices out there, but they are not very classy. At the end of the day, a martini is a classy drink.
I have worked on various prototypes over the past two years, some very crude but functional.
Over the years I would make these drinks for my friends and family, and people kept saying I should get a patent on this idea and bring it to market. My patent attorney tells me that he has several dentists as clients since they tend to be tinkerers. I was fortunate that a good friend of mine owns Helix Design, Inc., and was able to assist me in coming up with several designs using programs like Solid Works along with 3D printing technology.
My four kids who are ages 23-27 actually convinced me to do the rocks glass. They told me that with the recent resurgence in bourbon and whiskey drinking, I should do a rocks glass as well, so I did. This may turn out to be even more popular than the martini glass. There are several products out there that claim to cool your drink, but nothing is like this.
With your help we can begin to mass produce these molds so that everybody can enjoy an IceLiners cocktail. We have decided to use a compression molding process at this time. We are using a food grade, dishwasher safe silicone. It is overbuilt and feels like a high-end product. We could have done this cheaper and cheesier but took the high road, as you will see. We are done with our prototypes and our production documentation package is complete. I have a patent pending on this product, and have selected a manufacturer. I am ready to go!!
We are happy to see that the news of IceLiners is spreading.
Risks and challenges
Because the design has been tested and refined several times with the assistance from a professional design firm, I am not really too worried about the product itself. I am working very hard to make sure the shipping logistics go well. I had a local company design packaging for both the martini and rocks glasses which came out really cool. I am preparing the best I can for that in the event of a very high demand. I have office and warehouse space ready to go and have made arrangements with shipping vendors. I am ready to go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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