We REALLY like food & drinks, ESPECIALLY the drinks!
One thing we don’t like are boring drinks made with bad stuff, so we’re here to spice things up for ya! We have come up with the best tonics and bitters for your cocktails, and that's how our story begins…
We’re Dugan and Dame, the husband and wife team of Vaughan and Angela Dugan. Angela has spent many years behind the stick from Vegas to Florida constructing and serving craft cocktails to the masses. She met Vaughan in Boca Raton, Florida where they opened their own restaurant and began making custom tonics, syrups and bitters to enhance the enjoyment of craft cocktails. Angela’s background in holistic nutrition and passion for herbalism opened a world of opportunity to create cocktail allies that not only enhance the flavor of the cocktail but actually have the potential to provide healing value to those who imbibe. After some encouragement from the local industry, they decided to embark on their dream to make the best damn tonic syrups and bitters around; but Mother Nature had other plans — they now have a three year old toddler running around! Raising a son was a priority while Dugan and Dame was pushed to the back burner… until now!
But in order to market our products, we first needed to establish the brand. Enter Vaughan's longtime friend Joe, who was a designer at an advertising agency designing for some of the largest food & beverage brands in the country. Sharing in their passion for great products, he brought the Dugan and Dame brand to life with great branding, labeling and packaging. Next, we needed someone who knew a thing or two about the beverage industry, and that is where Rich comes into the picture. Being a seasoned industry veteran, Rich brings unbound energy and knowledge along with a newfound love of Gin & Tonic into the picture for us. Together, we each offer something unique – and thus Dugan and Dame was (officially) born. By combining all of our talents and skills, we are ready to bring your cocktail game to the next level.
And this is just the beginning! But with all of this comes the need for help. That's where you come in… We are using Kickstarter because we believe in our products and can’t do it alone. We have invested all we can from our personal savings. In order to grow our idea to a sustainable level, crowd-funding is the best option we have.
We appreciate you being here and learning a little bit about who we are and what we make.
How can a hero exist without a villain? How much fun would the weekend be without the work-week? How good can a cocktail really be without the bitter flavor to set it off? The bitter element allows the most challenging flavors to come out and be showcased just like salt enhances the flavor of food. Herbalist Guido Mase says it best, “The best of life shines brighter when framed by the challenge.” Every great drink starts (and ends) with a plant!
Our bitters and tonics are painstakingly crafted using traditional herbal techniques to elicit the most benefit from each plant's phytochemicals and provide the fullest and deepest flavor profile. We do not include any artificial ingredients or flavor enhancers. The depth in our tonics comes from decoctions of the botanicals, roots, and spices. (That’s just fancy speak for a long, slow, simmer).
Our Bitter Ghost Ghost Pepper Bitters is crafted using a great variety of herbs and bitter plants, and finished with locally grown ghost peppers. Not for the faint of heart, this bitter really knows how to bring some heat to any libation. Ghost peppers are sneaky little peppers that come on faintly then slowly increase in heat and linger in the back of the palate. These bitters can also be added to soda water when you need to really get the digestive juices flowing or used to spice up your own culinary prowess and heat up your Chi.
Our Morning Wood Bitters is a combination of plants, embodying coffee as a primary flavor. After carefully blending our botanicals we allow this bitters to barrel age to a nice oaky finish. Although these bitters were created for whiskey drinks, they showcase quite unsuspectingly in tiki cocktails as well.
Our Classic Tonic features Juniper Berries, the quintessential staple for Gin and Tonics. We hand zest citrus to provide a bright flavor that cannot be accomplished through dried rinds. We then utilize a blend of herbs and quassia bark to add depth and bitterness. We have intentionally chosen quassia bark as our bittering agent as it provides a much more sharper bitterness allowing the other botanicals to shine through. The bitter phytochemical in quassia is 50 times more bitter than quinine and is considered the bitterest chemical to exist, making it a fantastic natural insecticide and parasite purger (in case you are planning on eating something questionable). And if you’re feeling frisky, you can always rub our tonic all over your body to deter the bugs. Hey— we don’t judge.
Our Five-Spice Tonic plays homage to Chinese cuisine encompassing all five flavors – sour, bitter, sweet, pungent, and salty. Made in the same style as our classic recipe, this tonic provides much depth and warming spices to cocktails. This mixer especially plays well with reposado tequila. Our tonics have so much character that they can either enhance a spirit or stand up nicely on their own for a beautiful and rich non-alcoholic drink.
Take a look at all of our awesome pledge levels...
We plan on using the proceeds from this Kickstarter for many things. Some of the biggest costs are the most important things that help keep everyone safe — like food safety testing, certification, etc. Our main goal is to grow and expand our capabilities, allowing us to further expand our line. We want to reduce our costs and increase our output to bring our goods to the masses — and with your help, that can be possible.
The funds from this campaign will help cover:
- Nutritional Analysis & Shelf Life Study
- FDA Certification
- Production & Manufacturing Costs
- Labels, Bottles & Packaging
- Improvement of e-commerce capabilities
- Product Development & Marketing
We included something for everyone in our pledge levels, so we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support. With your help, we can do great things!
What can we do with more money? We're glad you asked! While we feel our initial goal of $6,000 is fair - we are capable of so much more! Check out our ideas for stretch goals...
Risks and challenges
Dugan and Dame has been a company for three years and we have mastered our manufacturing process. We are capable of creating enough product to easily support these goals ten-fold.
We've tiered our rewards intelligently, so that we can easily ensure prompt delivery upon completion and creation. Don't worry, we've got this!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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