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Hand crafted food & beverage company looking to raise funds to expand our business and product offerings.
100 backers pledged $9,143 to help bring this project to life.

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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...

Check our our website and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

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!

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    Friend of Dugan & Dame

    Do you believe in Dugan & Dame but have an aversion to anything bitter in your life? We get it. You want to support us but just don't want the product. Any amount contributed will receive our eternal gratitude... and virtual high-fives cause who doesn't love those? Thanks for helping bring our goods to the masses.

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    A Little Bitter

    For those who need a little bitter in their life. Chose your bitter - Bitter Ghost or Morning Wood. Also includes our swag pack of stickers & buttons AND virtual high-fives ('cause who doesn't love those)!

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    • Your choice of one D&D bitters
    • D&D swag pack - stickers & buttons
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    Just The Tonic

    Some people just want a little taste. Chose your tonic - Classic or Five-Spice. Also includes stickers & buttons AND virtual high-fives!

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    • Your choice of one D&D tonic
    • D&D swag pack - stickers & buttons
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    Fashionably Bitter

    Your choice of a Dugan and Dame hat or shirt! You also get the swag pack and virtual high fives.

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    • D&D Hat or T-Shirt
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    Bitters & Book

    Need bitters in your life and a guide on how to use them? Select a bitters of your choice - Bitter Ghost or Morning Wood. Also includes swag pack, virtual high-fives AND a cocktail recipe book collaborated by The Dame and some of the best mixologists in the southeast!

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    • Your choice of one D&D bitters
    • D&D swag pack - stickers & buttons
    • D&D Cocktail Recipe Book
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    Tonic & Book

    Prefer tonic to bitters? Select a tonic of your choice - Classic or Five-Spice. Also includes swag pack, virtual high-fives AND a cocktail recipe book collaborated by The Dame and some of the best mixologists in the southeast!

    Includes:
    • Your choice of one D&D tonic
    • D&D Cocktail Recipe Book
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    Wanna Play Around

    Choose one bitters (Bitter Ghost or Morning Wood) and one Tonic (Classe or Five-Spice). Also includes virtual high-fives, stickers & buttons AND a cocktail recipe book collaborated by The Dame and some of the best mixologists in the southeast!

    Includes:
    • Your choice of one D&D bitters
    • Your choice of one D&D tonic
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    Pledge $65 or more About $65

    Come Party With Us!

    Get a ticket to our official Dugan and Dame launch party to be held on June 29, 2019 at our warehouse in Boca Raton, FL. You DO NOT want to miss this event. Catered food, cocktails flowing and a DJ as well as yours truly, the D&D team sampling products and showcasing upcoming goods. Everyone will leave with some of the merch. Who needs virtual high-fives when you can get them in person?! *Transportation not provided.

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    All The Goods

    Get both of our Bitters and both of our Tonics! Give them out as gifts or keep them all for yourself - we won't judge you. Also includes virtual high-fives, stickers & buttons AND a cocktail recipe book written by The Dame herself!

    Includes:
    • D&D Bitter Ghost Bitters (100ml)
    • D&D Morning Wood Bitters (100ml)
    • D&D Classic Tonic (16oz)
    • D&D 5-Spice Tonic (16oz)
    • D&D swag pack - stickers & buttons
    • D&D Cocktail Recipe Book
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    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    Little Box O' Bitters

    When a little bitter is just not enough. Three of our Ghost Pepper Bitters AND three of our Morning Wood Bitters. Also includes the high fives you just can't live without, swag pack and recipe book.

    Includes:
    • D&D Bitter Ghost Bitters (100ml)
    • D&D Morning Wood Bitters (100ml)
    • D&D swag pack - stickers & buttons
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    Big Box O' Bitters

    Bigger really is better. You will receive six of our Ghost Pepper Bitters AND six of our Morning Wood Bitters. Also includes the high fives (we will even make sure you get one from each of us), swag pack and recipe book.

    Includes:
    • D&D Bitter Ghost Bitters (100ml)
    • D&D Morning Wood Bitters (100ml)
    • D&D swag pack - stickers & buttons
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    Pledge $225 or more About $225

    Big Box O' Tonics

    Because you don't want to run out and gifting is just so much fun (but we don't blame you if you want to keep them all to yourself)! Six of our Classic Tonics AND six of our Five-Spice Tonics. Also includes virtual high-fives (cause why not), swag pack and that nifty and very useful cocktail recipe book!

    Includes:
    • D&D Classic Tonic (16oz)
    • D&D 5-Spice Tonic (16oz)
    • D&D swag pack - stickers & buttons
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    The Whole Enchilada

    Look like a cocktail genius! This package includes three of our Ghost Pepper Bitters, three of our Morning Wood Bitters, six of our Classic Tonics and six of our Five-Spice Tonics. Don't worry, you'll get the high-fives too, swag pack and the cocktail recipe book. We will even let you pretend you created one of the cocktails in the recipe book all on your own (shhhhh.... we promise we won't tell).

    Includes:
    • D&D Bitter Ghost Bitters (100ml)
    • D&D Morning Wood Bitters (100ml)
    • D&D Classic Tonic (16oz)
    • D&D 5-Spice Tonic (16oz)
    • D&D swag pack - stickers & buttons
    • D&D Cocktail Recipe Book
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    Cocktail Class for Five

    Look like a rockstar in front of your friends with this cocktail class for up to five people. The Dame herself will host you and your friends at our barreling warehouse in Boca Raton, FL. She will divulge her secrets and guide you and your friends through a class where everyone will have a chance to make their own cocktail. This package includes catered food & drinks and each person will receive a Bitters and a Tonic of their choice to take home as well as a swag pack and a cocktail recipe book! We will include those well sought after high-fives (believe us... they're more valuable than bitcoin).

    Only EIGHT of these available! Transportation not provided.

    Includes:
    • Cocktail class for up to 5 people with lite bites
    • Your choice of one D&D tonic
    • Your choice of one D&D bitters
    • D&D swag pack - stickers & buttons
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    Private In-Home Cocktail Class for Ten

    Wanna impress your friends? Let us host a private cocktail class for up to ten people at your location. Includes lite bites provided by Kapow Noodle Bar. The Dame herself will guide you and your lucky friends in making their own bitters. In addition to each person leaving with their own custom bitters, everyone will receive a Dugan and Dame tonic of their choice, a swag pack and the much coveted cocktail recipe book. Because you're a big baller, we will even throw in the 10 virtual high fives (like you'd know we really did it anyway).

    Only TWO of these available! Palm Beach & Broward Counties, Florida ONLY.

    Includes:
    • Private cocktail class for up to 10 people with lite bites
    • 10× Your choice of one D&D bitters
    • 10× Your choice of one D&D tonic
    • 10× D&D Cocktail Recipe Book
    • 10× D&D swag pack - stickers & buttons
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Funding period

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