But before you start making my favorite (and Hemingway's favorite) mixed drink, you'll need something to crush, mash, and muddle those mint leaves. I will show you how to make your very own quick, easy, and custom muddler.
I must give credit to my good friend Daniel Warren for coming up with the wood dowel muddler idea; I just upgraded it.
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Step 1: Supplies and Materials
- 1 section of wooden dowel (about 7 inches, depending on your preference)
- 1 Dremmel tool
- 1 bottle of Butcher block conditioner, or food grade wax/sealant
- 1 or 2 steady hands
- 1 good eye
Step 2: Step 1: Sizing Your Muddler
Then, get to sawing!
I made 4. They make good gifts.
Step 3: Step 2: Design and Cut
- Use your dremmel or sandpaper to sand down the rough edges
- Make your design. I saw a muddler somewhere that had a star shaped design on the tip, and wanted to replicate that.
- For my design, I used a sanding bit to carve out notches to distinguish a star some and a cross on the others.
Step 4: Step 3: Make it Purdy
On others I carved a little groove near the top to distinguish a handle.
On one, I made a neat, but accidental swirl by burning the wood with the sanding bit.
Step 5: Step 4: Condition the Wood
Apply a layer of wax/ conditioner and let it stand for at least 20 minutes. Wipe off any excess and buff with a cloth. Repeat 2-3 times for maximum sealability.