Favorite Things: PUG Muddler

A muddler is an essential bar tool used to smash ingredients for cocktails, releasing the essential oils and/or juices of fruits, herbs, and spices. The PUG version is larger than what you might find in the local store, which gives a little more purchase and leverage for your muddling efforts. It’s also made from solid treated hardwood that cleans up nicely without absorbing what you’re smashing, and without any sketchy coatings that might chip off.

Each PUG muddler (PUG stands for “Pick Up Gallagher’s”) is hand-turned on a lathe by craftsman Chris Gallagher in Cornwall, NY using one of a variety of hardwoods including maple, cherry, and jatoba. The beautiful woods and craftsmanship combine for a tool that is both functional and elegant, a pleasure to look at, hold, and use.

Our muddler sees the most use doing the summer months – Mojito season!


Owning one of Chris’ muddlers is an investment that should last a lifetime with care. Maintenance is similar to that for a wood butcher block, with just an occasional coat of a mineral oil based conditioner like the John Taylor Butcher Block Conditioner to keep the wood from drying out.

Chris’ website is still under construction, so in the meantime, please feel free to direct any inquiries and orders to Chris’ email: jcgallagher08@hotmail.com


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Cheers and happy muddling!

2 thoughts on “Favorite Things: PUG Muddler

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