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Let's bring delicious bottled SPRITZ cocktails to the masses AND start the first ever Spritz Awareness Month.
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WHO WE ARE

We like to do things differently at Ludlows Cocktail Co. Being "Millennials" and all, we care about what we eat and drink and think using the best and all-natural ingredients is a no-brainer. We also value fun, creativity, and innovation and think all those things combined can create magical products and experiences for people, like the first ever pre-packaged, craft cocktail Jelly Shots we launched with Kickstarter's help in 2014.

MAKING THE CASE FOR THE SPRITZ

One of our favorite cocktails is the Spritz - a sparkling, wine based, low ABV cocktail made famous by the Aperol Spritz, Italy's most iconic aperitivo cocktail. It's light, bubbly, delicious, and usually enjoyed at lunch or before a meal. We think all of us in US would benefit from drinking more aperitivos. It would slow us down from our busy, technology addicted lives with a burst of effervescent joy and without the heaviness of a spirit forward cocktail. 

However, a wine Spritz also conjures up memories of the white wine spritzer our moms enjoyed in the 80s and 90s or even thoughts of neon colored Bartles and Jaymes wine coolers and Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill. Some of these memories may be extremely unpleasant. 

So we thought, we could do this better, right? We could pay respect to the noble Spritz and make it with real and high quality ingredients. And we could bring more awareness about this palate-watering, fizzy, lightly sweet and refreshingly bitter cocktail with a month long educational campaign, the first ever Spritz Awareness Month.

THE SOLUTION

We put our heads together and partnered with some of the most respected bartenders and bar owners in the craft cocktail community, Proprietors LLC, who own iconic and wildly creative bars like Death & Co, Honeycut, and The Walker Inn. That's Alex Day, Devon Tarby and David Kaplan from left to right. They are incredible to work with and share our passion for the Spritz cocktail.

We put our heads down and spent 8 months tinkering with recipes and government approvals. We ventured to create our version of the Modern American Spritz and bottle it so people could enjoy them immediately.

“Craft cocktails have permeated drinking culture to the point where drinkers are almost spoiled by fresh and delicious options. But how many of us really have the time or patience to prepare and store fresh ingredients at home? We loved the idea of creating a ready made cocktail with the same quality standards we expect from a cocktail bar, but without the need for anything but a glass and maybe some ice,” says Devon Tarby of Proprietors LLC.

THE FINAL PRODUCT

In honor or the Spritz, we present you three bottled wine Spritz cocktails we hope you'll love:

 Grapefruit Elderflower

Your ultimate summer cocktail, because Rose is so 2015, right? We balance out the delicate sweetness of elderflower with the tart freshness of grapefruit, cucumber, and squeeze of lemon. Bring this to picnics and first dates.

Golden Apple Bartlett Pear

This is the spa cocktail you're not embarrassed to drink. The crisp, sweet nature of Golden delicious apples and bartlett pears get lifted with a hint of cucumber and mint. Bring this to your next tailgate or bbq.

Cinnamon Birch Tonic 

WTF?! You have to try it to get how addictive this combination is. It's the toastiness of cinnamon meets the surprisingly refreshing bitterness of tonic and the complex sweetness of birch. Bring this to a dinner party or classy affair.

OUR KICKSTARTER REWARDS

Unfortunately, we can't reward your support with our Spritzes due to Kickstarter's policies. BUT, we wanted to give you a visual of the custom and limited edition goods we created for you. Cheers and long live the Spritz!

$15 Reward Tier - Limited Edition FLOX Coasters
$15 Reward Tier - Limited Edition FLOX Coasters
$40 Reward Tier - Limited Edition May28th Watch
$40 Reward Tier - Limited Edition May28th Watch
$50 Reward Tier - Signed Death & Co. Book
$50 Reward Tier - Signed Death & Co. Book
$70 Reward Tier - Limited Edition Poprageous Leggings
$70 Reward Tier - Limited Edition Poprageous Leggings
$95 Reward Tier - Limited Edition Hedley & Bennett Apron
$95 Reward Tier - Limited Edition Hedley & Bennett Apron
$125 Reward Tier - Limited Edition Upstate Picnic Blanket/Shawl/Wrap
$125 Reward Tier - Limited Edition Upstate Picnic Blanket/Shawl/Wrap
$250 Reward Tier - SPRITZ! Party Pack
$250 Reward Tier - SPRITZ! Party Pack

FINALLY, SPRITZ AWARENESS MONTH

In addition to creating a line of Spritzes and limited edition backer rewards, we are hosting a series of parties open to the public where you can learn more about the Spritz. You are invited and we urge you to RSVP to info@ludlowscocktails.com. Space is limited and 21+ only please.

The Official Ludlows x Proprietors LLC Kickstarter Launch Party

Wednesday, February 3rd, 7-10pm @ Honeycut LA 

Stop by for a first taste of Ludlows Cocktail Co. x Proprietors LLC new bottled Spritz line and get in the Kickstarter donating mood. Snack on complimentary Free Range LA Fried Chicken Sliders and Coolhaus ice cream bars. Make some new friends. It’s humpday after all.

The Spritz Awareness Party 

Thursday, February 11th, 7-10pm @ Normandie Club LA 

Jonathan Gold called the Spritz here a revelation - a fizzy, fresh cocktail representative of present day Los Angeles. There’s no better place to continue Spritz Awareness Month. Enjoy a Spritz open bar with street tacos and Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches.

The Champagne Emoji Tattoo Flashmob Party 

Thursday, February 18th, 7pm-12am @ The Honorable Society LA 

Emoji's are all the rage. Let's get one tattooed on ourselves before we're too old. Get in the spirit and get a real 2" CHAMPAGNE emoji tattoo WHEREVER you want it with a bunch of random people. (Believe it or not, this is actually one of our reward tiers - Only $25 for a tattoo!) Or just come support us at the party where there will be music, slight dancing, and Saucey App sponsored beverages. (Special shout out to our pals at The Honorable Society Tattoo Parlour!) 

The Fancy Spritz Tasting 

Sunday, February 21st, 2-5pm @ Domaine LA 

What is a Spritz you ask? Buy and peruse Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau’s (the wonder duo behind PUNCH magazine) new SPRITZ book while you do a tasting of spritzes from Ludlows Cocktail Co. and other fancy purveyors and producers. You're so in the know. This is a ticketed event and you can buy tickets here.

Risks and challenges

We thought that a Kickstarter campaign would be the perfect vehicle to kick off the first ever Spritz Awareness Month. We are also still waiting on Federal TTB Approvals, so we have 2-6 months before all 3 bottled cocktail Spritzes can be produced and until we can begin selling them into the highly competitive wine marketplace. Any extra dollar will help us with bottling and production costs while also supporting our generous reward collaborators, who represent some of our favorite local makers and small business owners. All rewards are designed to remind you that when going gets tough, it's time for a Spritz.

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    Drunken TY Card

    You'll get a unique hand-written card created while we've been imbibing. Your card may include a poem, a drawing, or a heartfelt note. Regardless, we promise that you'll get something alcohol-induced and incredible AND and a shout-out on our website and social media.

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    Limited Edition Ludlows x FLOX Coasters

    Everyone needs coasters. Admit it, you never have enough laying around. You'll receive a set of 4 Ludlows x FLOX coasters that are made entirely of recycled materials in Los Angeles and guaranteed to keep your cocktail from staining your mid century modern coffee table. As FLOX says, we don't protect tabletops, we protect dreams.

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    (REAL) Champagne Emoji Tattoo at Ludlows x Saucey Tattoo Party

    Emoji's are all the rage. Let's get one tattooed on ourselves before we're too old. Join us at The Honorable Society in West Hollywood on Thursday, February 18, 2016 form 7-11pm and get a 2" CHAMPAGNE emoji tattoo WHEREVER you want it. We'll cover tip too. There will be music, slight dancing, and complimentary beverages.

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    Signed Coolhaus Ice Cream Book

    Learn how to make Beer & Pretzel Ice Cream, and Bourbon Manhattan Ice Cream. Why is this relevant to our Kickstarter? Well, Ludlows' founder, Freya, happens to have co-founded Coolhaus with her wife, Natasha. (Book will be signed by both Freya and Natasha.)

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    Limited Edition Ludlows x May28th Watch

    We wear watches like bracelets. Get a custom limited edition Ludlows x May28th Spritz watch. It will be a constant reminder that it's always time to celebrate with a refreshing Spritz. May 28th watches are made of high quality, durable plastic, alloy and silicone and handmade at May 28th studios.

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    Signed Death & Co Cocktail Book

    If you aren't one of the 50,000 people who have bought this book already, what are you waiting for? Get your very own Death & Co. book signed by authors Dave Kaplan and Alex Day, who are also Ludlows Cocktail Co. business partners and founders of Proprietors LLC, which own Honeycut, Normandie Club, The Walker Inn, and NItecap. Go on, get your cocktail nerd on. Or gift it to your boss/in-laws/fiance(e) and earn some serious brownie points.

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    Limited Edition Ludlows x Poprageous Spritz Leggings

    Poprageous makes CUMBERBITCH leggings. Enough said. Handmade in Los Angeles and known for their high quality, custom printed apparel inspired by pop culture, Poprageous is the best fit to make our limited edition champagne/pizza/unicorn emoji leggings. You'll be the envy of spin class.

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    Limited Edition Ludlows x Hedley & Bennett Apron

    Wearing your grannies cooking apron is so 2015. Protect yourself and look the part with a custom Ludlows x Hedley & Bennett apron like all your favorite bartenders and chefs wear. All Hedley & Bennett pieces are handmade in Los Angeles from start to finish using top grade materials such as American canvas, raw Japanese selvage denim and European linens. This particular apron happens to be made with recycled bottles! Bottoms up.

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    Limited edition Ludlows x Upstate Tie Dye Multipurpose Blanket/Wrap

    We imagine drinking wine Spritz cocktails at the beach, park, outdoor concert, your BACKYARD. You need a really hip picnic blanket for that and this is where we come in. Get a limited edition Ludlows x Upstate tie-dye blanket inspired by the dreams we've had after a day of Spritz drinking... It also doubles as a shawl and wrap BOOM. Made by hand in their Brooklyn studio, Upstate reinvigorates traditional shibori processes with modern sensibilities. Gp ahead, stay classy and modern at the same time.

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    The SPRITZ Party Pack

    You want it all and you SHOULD have it all. Grab The Ludlows Cocktail Co. SPRITZ Pack. It includes all of the limited edition custom goods in the previous reward tiers - FLOX coasters, May28th watch, a signed Death & Co. book, Poprageous leggings, Hedley & Bennett Apron, AND an Upstate blanket. That's a $400 value, plus getting everyone closer to enjoying a refreshing Ludlows bottled Spritz.

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    Private Ludlows Cocktail Making Class for You + up to 5 Friends

    So, you already have The Death & Co. cocktail book, but you want to up your cocktail game in 2016. The bartenders behind Death & Co., Nitecap, Honeycut, Normandie Club and The Walker Inn will show you how it's really done. You and 5 of your BFFs will learn all the tricks of the trade at a private cocktail making class. Alex Day will blow your mind with the science behind the booze while Devon Tarby schools you in the classics. Only available in Los Angeles (Normandie Club) and New York (Death & Co.)

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    BEST NIGHT EVER with the Founding Team of Ludlows, Coolhaus, and Proprietors

    You want to reward yourself after closing that sales deal, passing the bar, or landing that dream job. Come have a celebratory night out with the founding team of Ludlows, Coolhaus and Proprietors. Bring along your BFF/Tinder Date/Life Partner/or Pet while you're at it. We'll stop by a few of our favorite places, talk cocktails, ice cream and entrepreneurship AND pay for it all, including Ubers. Los Angeles or New York only.

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    Ludlows x Coolhaus Private Party for You + 100 of Your Friends!

    FACT: Everyone loves ice cream. And you're the HERO(INE) that got the Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck to show up at your office, pad, or uber special occasion ready to feed ONE HUNDRED of your closest friends. You also get a signed Coolhaus Ice Cream cookbook AND your very OWN custom Ludlows x Coolhaus ice cream flavor for the party (meaning, boozy!). How cool is that? Los Angeles, Dallas or New York only.

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