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Begin your journey into the art of mixology with Tonguespank Liquor Infusions.
115 backers pledged $7,940 to help bring this project to life.

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Update: we have new add-ons like Scorpion Bourbon chocolate bars and shirts! See below!

Update 2: Another add-on! Scorpion Bourbon SUPER EXTREME KICKSTARTER STRENGTH spice blend! Only $15!

Release Your Inner Mixologist!

Liquor infusions! The bartender's friend and secret weapon, vital ingredient to some of the most interesting cocktails in the world. You've tasted them in your favorite cocktails, you've seen them behind the bar, but have you ever considered making your own? Of course you have; you just needed help getting started!

A few of the mixologist's tools of the trade.
A few of the mixologist's tools of the trade.

Who is Tonguespank Spice Company?

We are a small group of Chicago foodies who are dedicated to saving the world from boring food. We love finding and experimenting with exciting foods and sharing the fruits of our labor with our friends. We launched in 2013 with our first product –– liquor-infused spice blends –– and we've been spanking tongues ever since.

The Tonguespank party crew and friends.
The Tonguespank party crew and friends.

What is this Awesome Thing You Are Doing?

At Tonguespank Spice Co. we are specialists in, well, spices. We like to think we know a thing or two about liquor as well, but for this project we turned to the real experts: Chicago's own CH Distillery. With their help, we've come up with three kits and five fantastic infusion blends to launch you into the art of liquor infusion.

Unlike many infusions that can take days or weeks, Tonguespank infusions are intended for more immediate use. Each one can be made in one hour or less, using any liquor you want. In fact, if you use a nitrogen infuser (see our SCIENTIST kit), you can make them in minutes! And while you'll receive more than enough spices to get you started, you'll also get high-quality hardware for years of experimentation. 

This party's just getting started.
This party's just getting started.

What's an Infused Liquor?

In theory, infused liquors are simple: they are simply flavored alcoholic spirits typically created by maceration, or breaking up and soaking various food products in alcohol. In practice, however, this means there is an infinite variety of combinations to explore. 

Infusions are often used in cocktails, although they may also be enjoyed by themselves. As well as defining thousands of cocktails around the world, they are the most effective method of experimentation when it comes to getting the flavors from your imagination into the glass.

Easy to make, and ready in less than an hour.
Easy to make, and ready in less than an hour.

Tonguespank Infusions

Let's get to the good stuff! Here are the five infusion blends that Tonguespank and CH Distillery have created to get you started with your new infusion kit. Just add your preferred liquor, and you're ready to go.

Smoke & Citrus Bourbon

If you're a fan of the Old Fashioned (and who isn't?), you're going to love this one. Close your eyes and and imagine the aroma of orange zest. Got it? Now add smoke and black tea, and the powerful sweet kick of an aged bourbon, and you've got yourself Tonguespank Smoke & Citrus.

Lemonsinthe

Anise-infused spirits are nearly universal in Mediterranean and European cultures. Absinthe may be the most (in?)famous, but there are dozens more waiting to be discovered. This is CH mixologist Zach Heller's take on a lemongrass anise spirit. Drink it chilled like ouzo, or put your own spin on a classic Sazerac or Death in the Afternoon.

Lavender Hibiscus Vodka

Sometimes you just need something a little floral. This light and fruity infusion can serve as the base for many cocktails, including the tried-and-true margarita as well as Zach Heller's Lilly Sipper (recipe coming soon!).  

Cardamom Espresso Gin

We weren't content with a simple coffee bean infusion. Rather, our Cardamom Espresso adds coffee bean and cardamom notes to a good London gin. Fun fact: did you know green cardamom is the third-most expensive spice in the world?

Winter Cheer Rum

We're from Chicago, so we know there's only one right way to get through a long winter: with friends! Turn any rum into a tasty ingredient for cider, cocktails, hot cocoa, and more. Or just sip it by itself!

Winter Cheer punch livens up a party.
Winter Cheer punch livens up a party.

Rewards!

As thanks for your support, we're offering two types of rewards to our backers. For those interested in our new liquor infusions, we have three sizes of kits: Experimentalist, Mixologist, and Scientist. For those interested in our liquor-infused finishing spices, we have sets of those as well. As an added bonus, our finishing spices will ship for the holidays!

Tonguespank Infusion Kits

Tonguespank infusion kits
Tonguespank infusion kits

Tonguespank Finishing Spices

Tonguespank Liquor & Spice finishing spices.
Tonguespank Liquor & Spice finishing spices.

Smoky Bourbon Table Blend

This blend begins with the sweet aroma of smoky morita chipotle peppers, adds depth and complexity with garlic and bourbon, and finishes up with a slow habanero-and-ghost burn that builds as long as you keep eating it. This goes well on eggs, burgers, grilled veggies... anything that can use a smoky heat.

Garlic Grappa Table Blend

If you've ever been inside an Italian kitchen, you'll recognize this smell immediately. All the Tuscan herbs are here, alongside the warmth of a balsamic vinegar and Italian brandy blend. Replacing the standard red pepper with habanero chilies kicks the whole combination up a few notches. Try it on pasta or in a marinara sauce.

Citrus Rum Table Blend

This blend is a must-try for seafood and pork lovers. Three different citrus fruits combine with spiced rum and cloves to create a tropical combination, plus a dash of habanero heat at the end (because this is Tonguespank we're talking about, after all). Another potential use: combine it with sugar around the rim of a cocktail glass.

Scorpion Bourbon Table Blend

This is the hottest blend we make. We start with Smoky Bourbon and turn it up to 11. We use Trinidad Moruga Scorpions, said to be hotter than the current Guiness record holder at up to two million Scoville units (compare that to Jalapeños at 20,000). Peppers this hot are hard to find, which is why we sell this in smaller quantities. You won't be needing much anyway.

Supercharged Infusions

We came across a lot of interesting stuff during our work with CH, but one process stood out as the most interesting (and most fun). It turns out that if you infuse at a high pressure, the end product will be ready to drink in seconds or minutes. We've done a bit of research on why this is, and the reason is SCIENCE.

This means that your hour-long infusion now takes less time than mixing a cocktail. This is a godsend to the the aspiring mixologist, since now the only limits to your experimentation is a) how much alcohol you want to buy, and b) how many prototypes your friends will consent to test for you. Keep an eye out: we'll be posting a demo video in this space in the coming days.

Nitrogen infuser
Nitrogen infuser

What About the Holidays?

We're just like you: looking for that perfect gift for the holidays. While we unfortunately won't be shipping our infusion kits until January, we can still help you out! To thank you for your support, we're offering our classic liquor-infused spice line, shipping in time for the holidays.

Add-Ons!

Add a little extra to your pledge, and we'll send you one of our add-ons! More to come.

Tonguespank T-Shirt

Exclusive backer shirt - American Apparel slim fit - $15
Exclusive backer shirt - American Apparel slim fit - $15

Scorpion Bourbon Chocolate Bar 

Brand spanking new! We had a few of these made for us, and they are amazing.

Scorpion Bourbon, smoked sea salt, and caramel pecans - $8
Scorpion Bourbon, smoked sea salt, and caramel pecans - $8

Credits

Video: Third Wheel Entertainment
Video Soundtrack: U.S. Killbotics
Booze: CH Distillery
Mixologist: Zach Heller
Chef: Chef Amar Mansuria
Event Planners: Collab-U
Product Photography: Michael Stein
Logotype: Martin Schmetzer

Risks and challenges

Our biggest risk is fulfillment, should this campaign become more popular than we anticipate. To head off production problems, we've extended our timeline while also offering rewards from our current line of products for folks who want them as Christmas gifts.

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    TRAVEL SIZE: We'll send you two glass 1/2-oz bottles in a cute little drawstring pouch. Keep it in your bag or purse and you'll never have to suffer from boring food again. Includes one each of our Smoky Bourbon and Scorpion Bourbon blends. Ships by the holidays, and a Kickstarter exclusive!

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    One Tonguespank infusion blend of your choice. This is just the spice blend, without the hardware. This is enough to make two 500mL bottles, or about 22 cocktails. Just add the recommended liquor!

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    STOCKING STUFFER: A Kickstarter exclusive! Looking for something for the holidays? $8 gets you 3 half-ounce glass bottles of our liquor-infused spices shipped to your door: Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, and Citrus Rum. Note: these are non-alcoholic dry blends used for cooking. Ships in time for the holidays!

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    CHILIHEAD: One bottle of the hottest spice blend we've ever made, Scorpion Bourbon... EXTRA STRENGTH ULTRA KICKSTARTER EDITION. This will put hair on your chest, or remove it if you already have it. Also available as an add-on!

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    HOLIDAYS LIGHT - A 3-pack of our Liquor & Spice finishing spices. Includes 2oz bottles of: Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, and Citrus Rum. Note: these are non-alcoholic dry blends used for cooking. Ships in time for the holidays!

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    SARTORIALIST: That's just a fancy word for "stylish person," which is what you will be when you wear this awesome Tonguespank shirt. Featuring our new logo on the front and "Saving the world from boring food" on the back, this shirt is exclusive to our Kickstarter backers. NOTE: Specify it as an add-on to another tier and save a little cash!

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    All five Tonguespank infusion blends! These are just the spice blends, without the hardware. Each makes two 500mL bottles, for a total of 110 cocktails. Just add the recommended liquor!

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    EXPERIMENTALIST: Everything you need to make your own infusions at home, plus one Tonguespank infusion blend. INCLUDES: 1 500mL Italian swing-top glass bottle, 1 stainless steel funnel/strainer combo, 1 infusion blend (you choose the variety), 3 hang tags for labeling your creations, and instructions.

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    HOLIDAYS! A set of our Liquor & Heat finishing spices. Contains four 2oz bottles: Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, Citrus Rum, and our ridiculously spicy (and delicious!) Scorpion Bourbon. Note: these are non-alcoholic dry blends used for cooking. Ships in time for the holidays!

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    MIXOLOGIST: Everything you need to make your own infusions at home, plus all five infusion blends. INCLUDES: 2 500mL Italian swing-top glass bottles, 1 stainless steel funnel/strainer combo, 5 infusion blends (one of each), 5 hang tags for labeling your creations, and instructions.

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    SPICEHOUND: One of everything! One MIXOLOGIST kit (2 500mL Italian swing-top glass bottles, 1 stainless steel funnel/strainer combo, 5 infusion blends (one of each), 5 hang tags), one Liquor & Heat set (4 2-oz bottles: Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, Citrus Rum, Scorpion Bourbon), and an exclusive backer t-shirt.

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    SCIENTIST: Ready to get serious about infusing liquors? This kit is for you. INCLUDES: 1 stainless steel nitrogen infuser, 5 nitrogen capsules, 2 500mL Italian swing-top glass bottles, 1 stainless steel funnel/strainer combo, 5 infusion blends (one of each), 10 hang tags for labeling your creations, instructions, and an exclusive backer t-shirt.

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    HARDCORE: The full Tonguespank experience! Includes a SCIENTIST kit (1 stainless steel nitrogen infuser, 5 nitrogen capsules, 2 500mL Italian swing-top glass bottles, 1 stainless steel funnel/strainer combo, all 5 infusion blends, 10 hang tags, instructions, exclusive backer t-shirt), a Liquor & Heat set (Smoky Bourbon, Garlic Grappa, Citrus Rum, Scorpion Bourbon), and free admission to all 2015 Tonguespank parties! Take a look at the video to see what you can expect!

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