About this project
Help bring the flavors of Hawaii to the world!
Cocktail Bitters are for craft cocktails what spices are to gourmet cooking. Bitters distill and impart unique characteristics, flavors and aroma which can be used to create amazing cocktails. Historically, there have been only a handful of prominent bitters that have defined classic cocktails, but in Hawaii, cocktail culture has evolved differently around local flavors and ingredients. Many of these flavors are only readily available on the Islands, yet tropical cocktails are enjoyed around the world. Help launch Hawaii Bitters Company's first bottles of authentic barrel aged bitters to bring flavors like Lilikoi, Chocolate, Kona Coffee, Myer Lemon, Maui Lavender, Tiki and more to craft bars and cocktail enthusiasts everywhere!
100% locally sourced and handcrafted!
Each bottle of Hawaii Bitters will be handcrafted by Kyle Reutner (an award winning craft bartender and chemist) & Mike Prasad (cocktail enthusiast, blogger and cocktail competition judge) in Honolulu using all locally sourced ingredients. We will actually visit the farms and choose only the best ingredients to include in our bitters. Every part of Hawaii Bitters will start and finish in Hawaii, from the flavor ingredients, the spirit base, bottling even the artwork and handstamped and numbered labels. A 100% authentic product of Hawaii.
Hawaii Bitters will be created to the highest standards with flavors not available anywhere else.
You help us choose & unlock up to 7 flavors!
Our initial goal of $9,500 will allow us to make 3 initial flavors which backers will vote for. HOWEVER, we want to make more! If we raise over $15,000 then we will be able to create 5 flavors and if we raise over $20,000 then we will be able to create 7 flavors! Backers will vote for what flavors we create. Each flavor costs $3,000 to $4,000 to test, fine tune and create, so the more you back, the more flavors we can create for you!
Help a backer take the next step.
Hawaii Bitters Company was founded by Mike Prasad & Kyle Reutner. Mike is an avid cocktail enthusiast, co-founder of MXLGY.com, cocktail competition judge, digital strategist behind the viral Kogi BBQ Food Truck and Kickstarter Backer of over 300 projects! This is his first time working on a project of is own. Kyle is half of Imbibe Hawaii, one of the top craft bartenders in Hawaii and has won national competitions. He is also a chemist who understands the science behind creating the best bitters possible. Help us take the next step and launch Hawaii Bitters!
What we need to raise funds for.
So far, we've already spent our own money on producing some test batches, buying base spirits, test barrels, on label design, website, and more, but to get each flavor right, we need to refine each flavor. That means for each flavor we want to create, we have to purchase test and production barrels (which can cost up to $500 each), make smaller test batches to create consistent flavor (which includes buying base neutral spirits and ingredients and paying for commercial kitchen time) and then finally producing and bottling the best production batch we can for backers. This adds up quickly per flavor. Help us reach our goal to produce 7 flavors and thank you for supporting local producers and authentic handcrafted Hawaii Bitters!
Help us reach our 7 flavor stretch goal by upping your pledge with an add-on. Up your pledge and you'll be able to specify in the backer survey which of the following options you want:
- +$20 for a limited edition Hawaii Bitters Tshirt
- +$20 for a limited edition Hawaii Bitters Mystery Flavor (Will be different from our main flavors)
- +$40 for both!
It looks like we will be able to shoot for 7 flavors or more. Ultimately, Kyle and I will choose the flavors based on viability, but backers will be able to vote to determine what gets attempted first for at least 2 flavors. Ultimately, we won't ship anything that isn't up to our standards!
There are some flavors that we will definitely be working to produce regardless, which are Lilikoi, Mai-Tai, Mango, Manoa Chocolate and Kona Coffee + Mac Nut. If there's decent interest, we will also be testing Kiawe Wood, Pineapple, Guava, Taro and Shiso!
We've already started and successfully tested Kona Coffee Bitters and Lilikoi Bitters! A full official list and details on all the possible flavors will be posted before the campaign ends!
After our Kickstarter completes, you will be sent a questionnaire and will be able to specify which flavor you want for each bottle in your reward.
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