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Caged Heat is a seductively spicy cocktail syrup born out of the craft cocktail revival, ready to be bottled & brought into your home!
Caged Heat is a seductively spicy cocktail syrup born out of the craft cocktail revival, ready to be bottled & brought into your home!
191 backers pledged $13,693 to help bring this project to life.

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We have achieved our goal! Thank you! 

We’ve added a few add-on rewards as a thank you, just update your amount to receive the following:

  • Add $10 to the basic reward levels ($25-$100), and get a jigger to assist you in making quality cocktails at home. A measured cocktail is a better one. Everyone above that level gets one as a thank you for being so awesome! 
  •  Add $15 to any reward level and get an additional bottle. 
  •  Add $20 and get both an extra bottle and a jigger. 

We have also created stretch goals. Please read on!

Stretch goal #1: $15,000

Thank you for helping us reach our $10,000 goal!

Should we reach $15,000, we will:

  • Expand to a professional production facility equipped with bottling equipment, saving our fingers from hot syrup burns. Ouch! 
  • Hire a food scientist so we are more industry savvy. 
  • Send our formula to a lab for nutritional analysis. Wanna know how many Caged Heat's it takes to meet your daily recommended allowance for potassium? Us too! 

 What is in it for you?

  • Buttons by Snarky McF for all our backers! (we'll show you those soon) 
  • Every bottle will be hand signed by Absinthia and Jared 

Stretch goal #2: $20,000

Should we reach $20,000, we will do everything in our $15,000 stretch goal plus:

  • Rent a storage facility to keep all those bottles dry and safe until we're ready to deploy them across the universe. 
  •  Build an e-Commerce site. ‘Cause nothing warms a Cocktologist’s heart more than direct sales to loyal followers. 
  •  Buy the sexy bottles we’ve we've been eyeing because we’ll be producing enough Caged Heat to meet minimum order requirements.

What is in it for you?

  • Even more buttons by Snarky McF for all our backers! 
  •  EVERY bottle will be hand signed by Absinthia and Jared Cultist stickers for ALL our backers! 
  • Your bottle(s) of Caged Heat will come in those sexy bottles! 

Stretch goal 3: $25,000

Should we reach $25,000, we will do everything in the $15,000 & $20,000 stretch goals plus:

  • Hire a qualified team to produce, bottle, and ship the product while we work on new flavors! 

What is in it for you?

  • Cultist stickers 
  •  The full set of buttons by Snarky McF! 
  •  Every bottle will be hand signed by Absinthia and Jared 
  •  A Caged Heat Recipe Book full of all the ways you can incorporate Caged Heat more fully into your lives. As a Caged Heat Cultist, you can find a way to drink some sauce at every meal.

And now back to the Kickstarter!

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Caged Heat is a seductively spicy cocktail syrup. A concoction of tamarind, cardamom, ghost pepper, and cane sugar, Caged Heat is warmly spicy. It makes a statement, but it isn’t overwhelming. It's caged, get it? 

Created by award winning cocktologist, Jared Hirsch, Caged Heat made its debut at St. George Spirit's Breaking and Entering bourbon release in 2012. Caged Heat had the longest line and the most buzz at the event. Caged Heat is currently featured at both Sidebar in Oakland, and Southside Spirithouse in San Francisco, where it has become the best selling cocktail on their menus. People can't seem to get enough of it. Our small releases of Caged Heat for friends and family have been snatched up in minutes.

Since so many of our customers have been asking where they can buy bottles to take home, we decided the time was right to grow and expand. In order to do that, we need to move from the small kitchen at Sidebar into a larger commercial kitchen. We need your help to make the syrup available for you, the craft cocktail enthusiast. We need your help getting Caged Heat into your home!

Here's what some folks have been saying about it on our Facebook page:

For this Kickstarter, you can obtain 375ml bottles as your reward in addition to parties and cocktails designed for you by Master Cocktologist Jared. 

We make Caged Heat in small batches in Oakland. We took some pictures of us refining our process in Jared's kitchen. 

Jared measuring out sugar
Jared measuring out sugar
Abs sterilizing bottles
Abs sterilizing bottles
Measuring out the cardamom seeds
Measuring out the cardamom seeds
Our Ghost Peppers  are from Oaktown Spice Shop. We love them.
Our Ghost Peppers are from Oaktown Spice Shop. We love them.
Adding in the ghost peppers
Adding in the ghost peppers
Bottling and sealing
Bottling and sealing

Special Thanks!

Jenya Chernof, amazing graphic designer, perfectionist, and jack of all trades who believed in us early and gave us the branding direction we needed. 

Eddie Kestermont, brilliant videographer and all around nicest and evily funny guy. You should hire him. Repeatedly. 

Mark Drazek and Barbara Mulas of Sidebar Oakland for letting Jared run with this crazy idea in their restaurant and supporting it along the way. 

Leilani Brennan, and Colin O'Malley of Southside Spirit House for putting his drinks on their menu and being all around Caged Heat cheerleaders. 

Justine Hirsch for being the most supportive spouse and friend Jared's ever known.

Haley and Alexa Baum and Penelope and Violet Hirsch for being the most amazing little girls ever.

Thanks to all our family, friends, and members of our cult for supporting us, believing in us, being fans of Caged Heat, and laughing at our jokes.

Risks and challenges

-Our product as designed may not meet regulatory approval. We may need to change the recipe, labeling, and/or packaging to meet governmental requirements. If that happens, we are prepared to adjust as needed and we recognise that our concept and product ideas are more important than the exact recipe as it now stands.

-NickelDime as a company may not be able to keep up with demand. We’ve already seen a far greater interest in our product than we expected and are looking at ways to increase production and infrastructure to meet demand. Discussions are underway with a co-packer who can offer turn key solutions to our production needs.

We're so proud of how far this project has come already and are hopeful that you can help take us to the next stage in it's development. Come be a part of something delicious.

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    EARLY BACKER SPECIAL VERY LIMITED!
    ONE BOTTLE 375 ML CAGED HEAT
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    For our Bay Area fans. One 375ml bottle of our delicious, non-alcoholic Caged Heat cocktail syrup. Also, exclusive, behind-the-scenes updates and your name on the website. Bottles must be picked up in Oakland, CA.

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    1 375 ML BOTTLE OF CAGED HEAT

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    1 BOTTLE OF CAGED HEAT AND INVITATION TO OUR LAUNCH PARTY IN OAKLAND, CA!

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    TWO BOTTLES OF CAGED HEAT AND TWO INVITATIONS TO OUR LAUNCH PARTY IN OAKLAND, CA!

    Two 375ml bottles of our delicious, non-alcoholic Caged Heat cocktail syrup AND private invitations to an exclusive launch/tasting party in Oakland, CA! Also, exclusive, behind-the-scenes updates and your name on the website.

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    Two 375ml bottles of our delicious, non-alcoholic Caged Heat cocktail syrup AND private invitations to an exclusive launch/tasting party in Oakland, CA! Also, exclusive, behind-the-scenes updates and your name on the website.
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    JARED NAMES A COCKTAIL AFTER YOU, ONE 375ML BOTTLE OF CAGED HEAT, PLUS 2 INVITATIONS TO OUR LAUNCH PARTY IN OAKLAND, CA!

    One 375ml bottle of our delicious, non-alcoholic Caged Heat cocktail syrup, and Jared names a cocktail after you, or a name of your choice to be featured at Sidebar in Oakland. We will also publish the recipe on our website, AND private invitations to an exclusive launch/tasting party in Oakland, CA! Also, exclusive, behind-the-scenes updates and your name on the website.

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    A FULL CASE OF CAGED HEAT AND TWO INVITATIONS TO A PARTY IN OAKLAND, CA!

    One case of 375ml bottle of our delicious, non-alcoholic Caged Heat cocktail syrup and two private invitations to an exclusive launch/tasting party in Oakland, CA! Also, exclusive, behind-the-scenes updates and your name on the website.

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    EVERYTHING FROM THE ABOVE $250 REWARD PLUS A CAGED HEAT BARTENDING KIT

    One case of 375ml bottle of our delicious, non-alcoholic Caged Heat cocktail syrup AND you will receive a Caged Heat cocktail set (Shaker tins, jigger, and hawthorn strainer) and two private invitations to an exclusive launch/tasting party in Oakland, CA. Also, exclusive, behind-the-scenes updates and your name on the website.

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    EVERYTHING FROM THE ABOVE $350 REWARD PLUS A CAGED HEAT KITCHEN SHIFT!

    One case of 375ml bottle of our delicious, non-alcoholic Caged Heat cocktail syrup AND you will receive a Caged Heat cocktail set (Shaker tins, jigger, and hawthorn strainer), two private invitations to an exclusive launch/tasting party in Oakland, CA, AND an exclusive behind the scenes invitation to see how Caged Heat is made in our Oakland, California kitchen. Also, exclusive, behind-the-scenes updates and your name on the website.

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    EVERYTHING FROM THE ABOVE $500 REWARD PLUS JARED BARTENDS YOUR PARTY!

    OAKLAND PICK UP
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    One case of 375ml bottle of our delicious, non-alcoholic Caged Heat cocktail syrup AND you will receive a Caged Heat cocktail set (Shaker tins, jigger, and hawthorn strainer), two private invitations to an exclusive launch/tasting party in Oakland, CA, an exclusive behind the scenes invitation to see how Caged Heat is made in our Oakland, California kitchen AND Jared bartends your party of up to 100 people, the Caged Heat on us! Also, exclusive, behind-the-scenes updates and your name on the website. Every amount helps, so let us show our gratitude by giving you a shout out. *Per Kickstarter's rules, you must provide the alcohol. All items must be picked up in Oakland. Party location must be within an hours drive of Oakland, CA.

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    EVERYTHING FROM THE ABOVE $1,000 REWARD PLUS JARED WILL DESIGN AND SERVE AN ORIGINAL COCKTAIL FOR YOU TO BE SERVED AT YOUR PARTY!

    OAKLAND PICK UP
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    One case of 375ml bottle of our delicious, non-alcoholic Caged Heat cocktail syrup AND you will receive a Caged Heat cocktail set (Shaker tins, jigger, and hawthorn strainer), two private invitations to an exclusive launch/tasting party in Oakland, CA an exclusive behind the scenes invitation to see how Caged Heat is made in our Oakland, California kitchen AND Jared bartends your party of up to 100 people, the Caged Heat on us AND based on an hour long consultation, Jared will create an original cocktail you for and serve it at a party you host for 100 of your closest friends. Party location must be within an hours drive of Oakland, CA. You will also receive a case of Caged Heat, the bartending kit, and a Caged Heat tee shirt. Also, exclusive, behind-the-scenes updates and your name on the website. *Per Kickstarter's rules, you must provide the alcohol. This reward involves no shipping. All items must be picked up in Oakland.

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    A CAGED HEAT DINNER PARTY FOR TEN!

    A special dinner party in a beautiful Oakland hills home with Caged Heat cocktails and a four course meal provided by a professional chef. All attendees will leave with a bottle of Caged Heat. Also includes invitations for you and 9 friends to an exclusive launch/tasting party in Oakland, CA Also, exclusive, behind the scenes updates and your name on the website.

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