We are a Cocktail Expert and a Product Designer working together to bring a classic drink and tool to the modern mixing world.
- Check out our new video, we're really excited to have this up for a better description of the project, many many thanks to Devin and Joe for the help!
- A Reminder: Don't forget to add your shipping to your amount before checking out. Free local pick up is an option in Somerville, MA, just send us a note to let us know you plan on that. ~Thanks!
swiz·zle [swiz-uhl] noun, verb, swiz·zled,swiz·zling.
noun 1. a tall drink, composed of full-flavored West Indian rum, lime juice, crushed ice, and sugar.
verb(used with object) 2. to agitate (a beverage) with a swizzle stick.
3. to gulp down; guzzle.
A collaboration between a designer (Brian) and cocktail expert (Adam). We want to bring an updated bar tool to everyone: the home mixologist, the bartender, and the tiki world.
The swizzle stick hails from different parts of the world - from Slovakia, used in soups and stews, to the Caribbean, for mixing classic cocktails and made from the swizzle tree. Today these natural pieces are difficult, if not impossible, to find, so we wanted to make a modern version of this classic tool that everyone could get their hands on and enjoy.
We started our design process by identifying key parts of the swizzle stick that were important to its use and performance. These included how well it swizzles a drink and how you, the mixologist, interact with this tool. Through research and prototype iterations we finalized a rib patterned handle that gives grip while swizzling and adds to the aesthetic appeal of the piece. The "blades" of the SwizzleStik also went through a few iterations and the simplest design proved to be the best choice for a great-looking, functional bar tool.
theSwizzleStik will be made from recyclable material that will stand up to repeated cold temperatures in your drink mixing as well as the high temperatures and cleanser contact in your wash cycles.
Our blog has more detailed information so feel free to check it out!
Why We Need You!
We are excited to bring this bar tool to everyone and can't wait to use them ourselves.
We've done the research, the design, preliminary mold work, initial prototypes, and the planning. Now we just need your help to get through the next big step: the funding.
We plan on having production steel molds made in order to mold production parts here in the USA. It is expensive to make full production-ready molds that make quality parts. And even with a mold made there are still minimum order quantities that we must purchase to get this project off the ground.
All of this adds up, so we need your support to fund this project into existence.
Still finalizing the design, but we're thinking it's gonna be a tall zombie style glass, about 14 oz with plenty of room for crushed ice AND booze, that will be hand sandblasted with a cool tiki like design.
If anyone has suggestions or ideas on what they think the glass will have on 'em please let us know!
If you'd prefer to pickup your items at The Boston Shaker in Somerville, MA we're happy to hold everything at the store for you.
You can donate the pledge amount (+ what you would have spent on shipping if you'd like) and we'll apply it right to the project.
Thanks so much!