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Transform ordinary spirits into your favorite flavored liquors - free of unwanted dyes, chemicals or unnecessary amounts of sugar.
Transform ordinary spirits into your favorite flavored liquors - free of unwanted dyes, chemicals or unnecessary amounts of sugar.
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Do you fancy yourself a mixology aficionado?

Have you ever wanted to create your own flavored liquor legally at home?
We have just the thing for you! 

Our Absinthe botanical blend creates a perfect green licorice liquor free of any food coloring, chemicals or added sugar. The blend includes 2 varieties of Wormwood. All 12 of the ingredients used to make this drink are certified organic.
Our Absinthe botanical blend creates a perfect green licorice liquor free of any food coloring, chemicals or added sugar. The blend includes 2 varieties of Wormwood. All 12 of the ingredients used to make this drink are certified organic.

Our Story...

Bootleg Botanicals was discovered out of our curiosity for making alcohol at home. We've tinkered with home brewing beer, wine and fruit cider over the years but wanted to branch out into the world of spirits. Unfortunately, distilling your own liquor is illegal in the United States and can be very dangerous. So, we decided to try our hand at trying the maceration process... we started to infuse our booze!

We invested in several different organically certified herbs and spices and made up a testing "kit" to figure out and perfect our blend recipes.
We invested in several different organically certified herbs and spices and made up a testing "kit" to figure out and perfect our blend recipes.

Many of the ingredients we needed, especially those for creating Absinthe, were hard to find. Fortunately we located a couple of distributors locally who can supply us with a high-grade, certified organic product. Unfortunately, they are pretty expensive and have large minimum quantity requirements. 

Artemisia absinthium aka Grand Wormwood was the primary Absinthe ingredient blamed for "causing" people to hallucinate. Science has since disproved this notion, still the drink was banned globally for over 100 years, impressive.
Artemisia absinthium aka Grand Wormwood was the primary Absinthe ingredient blamed for "causing" people to hallucinate. Science has since disproved this notion, still the drink was banned globally for over 100 years, impressive.

Turns out, with quality ingredients, even bottom shelf neutral grain spirits can be transformed into excellent tasting drinks. Since discovering Absinthe, we have developed several other blends to infuse Whisky, Vodka and Rum. Each blend uses only fairly traded, organic or wild harvested herbs and spices. It really is amazing what a difference quality makes. I guess the saying "put good in, get good out" really holds true. 

The Infusion Process...

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Transforming neutral grain spirits into your favorite infused alcoholic drink is as easy as mix, shake, wait, strain and enjoy. On average you can make our botanical blends in 8 to 36 hours. Experimenting with the flavor is part of the fun of infusing. We encourage trying different base spirits, playing with the length of brewing time and sweetness of each botanical blend. 

The Rewards...

As you might have been able to tell from our videos we'd like to pay homage to an important time in alcohol history here in the US... Prohibition. In that vein, we've created some rewards we hope everyone will get jazzed about. SPOILER ALERT! We have big plans on how to make these rewards even more awesome throughout the campaign. The more we raise the more we can do.

Extras: If you would like to add a labeled bottle to any of your spices you can do so for an additional pledge of $15 each. Extra spice blends can also be purchased for $15 each ($20 for the Absinthe blend).

 { Replicated Prohibition Era Whisky Prescription }

Be a part of history! We think everyone needs their own prescription for Whisky. You can get yours and our Old Fashioned botanical blend by becoming a $15 backer. Or add it to any level for just $7.
Be a part of history! We think everyone needs their own prescription for Whisky. You can get yours and our Old Fashioned botanical blend by becoming a $15 backer. Or add it to any level for just $7.

 { The Absinthe Infusion Kit }

Our Absinthe and Hoochfusion kits arrive at your door with everything you need to make a tasty drink. Every kit comes with a 500 ML glass flask bottle, a blend specific label, spices, instructions, stainless steel funnel and a paper filter.
Our Absinthe and Hoochfusion kits arrive at your door with everything you need to make a tasty drink. Every kit comes with a 500 ML glass flask bottle, a blend specific label, spices, instructions, stainless steel funnel and a paper filter.

 { Personalize Your Labels }

Each glass flask bottle will come labeled according to its blend. You'll be able to personalize your infusion by signing your finished liquor, noting the spirit used and what the final proof is.
Each glass flask bottle will come labeled according to its blend. You'll be able to personalize your infusion by signing your finished liquor, noting the spirit used and what the final proof is.

 Add Ons...

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Keep track of your infusions with this beautiful, leather backed journal. Each lab page will have a tip / trick, fun alcohol fact or recipe. In the back you'll find a Drinkipedia outlining the history of each beverage and key liquor terminology. 

Journals can be added to any pledge level above $35 for just $50. Add $5 domestic postage / $30 international postage for pledge levels under $35.

To add spices or accessories to your pledge, simply add the appropriate total dollar amount and select the pledge level you would like. 

For example: If you'd like to get have the rewards from the "Let's Make History" level but also wanted the Kickstarter blend and a journal, you would make a pledge of $80 ($15 for the level, $15 for the extra spices and $50 for the journal). Keep the "Let's Make History" level check and your all set. We will be sending out a survey once the campaign comes to a close to take everyone's flavor orders and confirm add-on's.

Thank you for thinking of becoming an exclusive donor. At this $250 level you will receive a real Absinthe experience. 

We are including two fine Pontarlier glasses crafted by La Rochere in France.  This glass style endured the ban on Absinthe and is still being produced by the same French company using molds from the early 1900's.  The bottom of the glass has a reservoir for portioning one ounce of Absinthe. 

In addition to these glasses, you will also receive two vintage inspired Absinthe spoons to hold your sugar cubes while you add cold water.  The carefully blended mix of spices will be delivered in corked glass vials bringing you back to the 1920’s. 

We are commissioning a custom pewter funnel that will be handmade for you in the USA. Its design is based on rare antique funnels with a museum finish.  We will also add a medallion to the funnel commemorating this special event. 

All of this will be carefully packed in natural hemp for safe keeping. 

As an added perk you will be receiving ALL new botanical blends unlocked through our stretch goals packaged in bags for shipping ease.

JUST ADDED: You asked, we answered! We are giving everyone at the $250 level a huge upgrade for no cost, you will now be receiving all stretch goal blends in glass vials and with the accompanying 500ML labeled bottles. Plus you will now receive the Old Fashion blend for free! You will receive one of every blend we offer here on Kickstarter!

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 Drinking Absinthe is an art form which has been passed down throughout history. Steeped in tradition, this drink has a very specific ritual associated with its consumption.

You'll receive 2 of these beautiful Pontarlier glasses crafted by La Rochere, a French glass works company founded in 1475. Each 10 ounce glass is cast from molds that date back to the early 1900's.
You'll receive 2 of these beautiful Pontarlier glasses crafted by La Rochere, a French glass works company founded in 1475. Each 10 ounce glass is cast from molds that date back to the early 1900's.
No Absinthe experience is complete without the use of an Absinthe spoon. In this level, you'll receive two of these ornate spoons.
No Absinthe experience is complete without the use of an Absinthe spoon. In this level, you'll receive two of these ornate spoons.

Prepare for the ultimate party in a box at this $500 level. Invite your friends and family over for a roaring good time as you impress everyone with your very own assortment of liquor infusions.

This level starts where the $250 level left off. It includes many of the same items, but here you’ll receive signed bottles for each blend unlocked throughout the campaign.

We’re including two fine Pontarlier glasses crafted by La Rochere in France. This glass style endured the ban on Absinthe and is still being produced by the same French company using molds from the early 1900's. The bottom of the glass has a reservoir for portioning one ounce of Absinthe.

In addition to these glasses, you will also receive two vintage inspired Absinthe spoons to hold your sugar cubes while you add cold water. The carefully blended mix of spices will be delivered in corked glass vials bringing you back to the 1920’s.

We are commissioning a custom pewter funnel that will be handmade for you in the USA. Its design is based on rare antique funnels with a museum finish. We will also add a medallion to the funnel commemorating this special event.

Plus, we’ll send you a leather backed lab journal to keep track of your infusions. Record which spirits you try, the length of brew time and any other customizations you’ve made to your finished hooch. Then compare notes with friends.

All of this will be carefully packed in natural hemp for safe keeping. Get ready for a big box of fun.

JUST ADDED: We wanted to sweeten up the deal on this level and decided to add a few extra goodies. $500 pledge level backers will now receive priority order fulfillment. While orders at levels below $500 will be fulfilled in the order at which they were received, backers at the $500 and up levels will be bumped to the head of the line regardless of when they pledge. We are also adding a personalized Whisky prescription to this pledge level and refill spices to make another 500 ML of each botanical blend!

When only the best will do we have the level for you! For $1,000 we will pull out all of the stops. 

Transform your home into a bonafide Absinthe lounge at the $1K level. Share the traditional way of drinking Absinthe with your friends and family or keep it all to yourself!

We’re including four fine Pontarlier glasses crafted by La Rochere in France.  This glass style endured the ban on Absinthe and is still being produced by the same French company using molds from the early 1900's. The bottom of the glass has a reservoir for portioning one ounce of Absinthe.

In addition to these glasses, you will also receive four vintage inspired Absinthe spoons to hold your sugar cubes while you add cold water from your amazing fountain.  The carefully blended mix of spices will be delivered in corked glass vials bringing you back to the 1920’s.

We are commissioning a custom pewter funnel that will be handmade for you in the USA. Its design is based on rare antique funnels with a museum finish.  We will also add a medallion to the funnel commemorating this special event.

All of the above items will arrive in a custom, vintage inspired, handmade wooden presentation box. Emblazoned with our logo, each box will be numbered and signed by the artist and blend master.

The pièce de résistance with this reward is the blown glass Absinthe fountain. Supported by a silver fairy, the water reservoir can fill four glasses of Absinthe at one time. This art deco inspired fountain stands 2 feet tall and will make a beautiful conversation piece.

Like the $500 level, you’ll receive every new blend that becomes unlocked during the campaign free of charge. These new blends will be accompanied by signed, labeled bottles and carefully packaged in natural hemp fiber for safe arrival.

JUST ADDED: For our highest level backers we are going to pull out all of the stops. In recognition of your tremendous support we will be doubling up on each of the blends so you will have 2 of each of the spice blends unlocked through this campaign, each will be shipped in the awesome glass vials. We are also going to throw in the Leather journal we will sign the cover page thanking you, you will receive a Whisky Prescription, along with all the other amazing perks of this level. We will be shipping this level first, you will not be disappointed.

This beautiful Art Deco piece features a hand blown water reservoir supported by a lovely fairy. The fountain stands 24" tall and can fill 4 Absinthe glasses at one time.
This beautiful Art Deco piece features a hand blown water reservoir supported by a lovely fairy. The fountain stands 24" tall and can fill 4 Absinthe glasses at one time.

The Blends...

Our blends will make 500 ML of finished alcohol. Generally, each should be made with a high-proof liquor base over 100 proof. Our Absinthe requires the highest base available to obtain the best color and flavor. We use Everclear at 190 proof. 

We feel strongly in the transparency of our product. Below, please find a list of the botanicals used in our Absinthe and Old Fashioned blends. The base liquors listed are only suggestions and are not included with any of our rewards levels. We encourage you to try others.

An Old Fashioned:

Botanicals: Anise Seed, Cardamom, Coriander, Orange Peel & Organic Sugar

Base Spirit: Wild Turkey Bourbon 101

Absinthe:

Botanicals: Angelica Root, Anise Seed, Calamus Root, Coriander, Fennel, Grand Wormwood, Lemon Balm, Lemon Peel, Licorice Root, Roman Wormwood, Star Anise Pod

Base Spirit: Everclear 190 proof

Stretch Goal Blends:

Bathtub Gin #6:

Cardamom, Cinnamon, Coriander, Juniper Berries, Licorice Root & Orange Peel 

Base Spirit: Monarch Vodka 100 proof / cut with 80 proof Vodka 

Bathtub Gin #9: 

Coriander, Fennel Seed, Juniper Berries & Rangpur Lime

Base Spirit: Monarch Vodka 100 proof / cut with 80 proof Vodka

Some Like it Hot Cinnamon Whisky: 

Cardamom, Cinnamon & Grains of Paradise

Base Spirit: Wild Turkey Bourbon 101

Secret Kickstarter Blend:

JUST ANNOUNCED: The secret Kickstarter blend will be called Java Jive

Dark Roast Coffee Beans, Vanilla Beans, Chipotle Peppers and sugar. All the ingredients, including the sugar, are organic.

Base Spirit: Bacardi Rum 151 / cut with dark rum 80 proof

{ A Quick Word of Caution: }

Many of the herbs and spices we use in our botanical blends have for hundreds of years been consumed for their medicinal properties. With that, if you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medications, planning any medical procedure or have any medical condition, please consult your doctor before using our product. 

We also want to encourage everyone to enjoy your finished infusions responsibly. Your finished infusion will likely turn out to be a higher proof than what you can purchase off the shelf. The liquid can be very flammable and if taken to excess can cause serious health issues. We don't want to see anyone hurt themselves.

NEXT STRETCH GOAL $25K: Everyone who has pledged $150 or more, no matter which level, will be receiving a beautiful stainless hip flask with their other goodies once the $25k goal is unlocked.
NEXT STRETCH GOAL $25K: Everyone who has pledged $150 or more, no matter which level, will be receiving a beautiful stainless hip flask with their other goodies once the $25k goal is unlocked.

As we unlock stretch goals in the future, the additional support will help us be able to hire extra hands, build a killer website* and invest in machinery that will improve efficiency.  

* Our e-commerce site is already in the works but we have been thinking about also starting a community forum where aspiring mixologists can share stories, infusion experiments and recipes. This is a big task and will be difficult to achieve without a bit more support. Hopefully we'll be able to reach a high-level stretch goal to accomplish this project in the future.

Risks and challenges

We strongly believe in under promising and over delivering. With solid communication any problem can be resolved.

There are only a handful of potential hiccups which may occur. The first being the timeliness of our suppliers. To combat this, we have found more than one supplier for our herbs and spices and have had long talks with the distributors of the packaging materials about quantities and lead times. We are confident that we have found reliable sources and will be able to meet or exceed our backers expectations for a quality product.

Shipping can also prove challenging. In the five years we have been globally shipping our other product, the RocLok, we have been fortunate to have only had a few shipping mishaps. We will be shipping all International orders via the USPS's flat rate program. This method has proven successful for us in the past and should work well.

We encourage all of our supporters to freely ask questions or raise any concerns. Customer service has always been something we pride ourselves on. We enjoy getting feedback and helping our customers in any way we can.

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    Become an honorary member of our speakeasy. We’ll send you a handwritten thank you note and a shout out on our Facebook page. Complete with our undying love and affection.

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    LET'S MAKE HISTORY: We'll send you a replicated Prohibition era Whisky prescription with your name on it along with our signature Old Fashioned botanical blend. The botanicals will make 500 ML of this delicious orange infusion. Instructions will be included.

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    BATHTUB GIN: At this level you will receive the botanicals and instructions to make 500 ML of Gin#6.
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    BOHEMIAN REVIVAL: Channel your inner Van Gogh, Wilde or Hemingway while enjoying your very own handcrafted Absinthe infusion. We’ll send you the instructions and all 12 exotic organic spices ground to perfection and ready to go. Spices will make one 500 ML bottle to enjoy.

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    TAKE 3 TBSP EVERY 4 HOURS - We'll send you a replicated Prohibition era Whisky prescription with your name on it along with the botanicals to make our Old Fashioned and Some Like it Hot Whisky infusions. Each blend will make 500 ML of hooch. Instructions will be included.

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    HOOCHFUSION KIT: To get you started we’ll send you a 500 ML vintage inspired glass flask bottle complete with a label, instructions, funnel, filter and our Old Fashioned blend. Just add booze.

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    RUBBA DUB DUB: Make Gin without a tub! We'll send you the spices to make 500 ML of Gin #6. You will also receive this blends labeled glass flask bottle, a stainless steel funnel, filter and instructions.

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    ABSINTHE KIT: Along with our blend of spices we’ll send you a 500 ML vintage inspired glass flask bottle with label, instructions and a filtering kit to get things mixing as soon as the box arrives at your door.

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    ABSINTHE MINDED: When one bottle of Absinthe isn't enough, we have you covered. At this level we'll send you an Absinthe Kit plus 2 refills of spices! That's enough to make three 500 ML bottles.

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    MORE ABSINTHE MINDED: When one bottle of Absinthe isn't enough, we have you covered. At this level we'll send you an Absinthe Kit plus 2 refills of spices! That's enough to make three 500 ML bottles.

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    THE BEE'S KNEES: One of our Hoochfusion kits plus an additional 500 ML glass flask bottle and the botanical blends for our Absinthe and Old Fashioned. Backers who pledge at this level will automatically receive any additional blends that are unlocked throughout the campaign. Additional blends will be shipped in bags to save room in the box.

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    THE GREAT GATSBY: One of our Hoochfusion kits plus an additional 500 ML glass flask bottle and the botanical blends for our Absinthe and Old Fashioned. Backers who pledge at this level will automatically receive any additional blends that are unlocked throughout the campaign, along with labeled 500 ml bottles for each blend and the spices will be shipped in their own labeled vials.

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    $250 - L'ART DE L'ABSINTHE: Drinking Absinthe is truly an experience. In addition to the Absinthe Infusion Kit, we'll send you two Pontarlier glasses, two Absinthe spoons and a one-of-a-kind, hand crafted Pewter funnel commemorating this special occasion. Backers who pledge at this level will automatically receive any additional blends that are unlocked throughout the campaign.

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    THROW THE PARTY OF THE CENTURY! You'll receive everything from the $250 level plus a leather backed lab journal, all stretch goal blends with matching labeled bottles, a double supply of each blend to make another 500 ML later, a personalized Whisky prescription and priority order fulfillment.

    Each bottle will signed by the artist Melanie and the blend master Ryan.

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    OH LÀ LÀ: Impress your friends with the ultimate Absinthe experience. Not only will we send you all of the items in the $500 level but they will arrive with a numbered and signed custom wooden presentation box along with a glass Absinthe fountain and two additional Pontarlier glasses and Absinthe spoons (total of 4 glasses and 4 spoons). Backers at this level will also automatically receive any additional blends in a glass vial plus a labeled glass flask bottle for each as they become unlocked throughout the campaign. Each bottle will signed by the artist Melanie and the blend master Ryan.

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