This muddler is NOT made out of lignum vitae. It is made out of a much lighter, cheaper wood that has been stained the appropriate color. This wood stain is especially problematic in a device generally used for alcohol beverages, as it tends to dissolve in the alcohol.
Unless you're a paint stain drinking enthusiast or don't value your eyesight, I would very seriously recommend avoiding this product.
I used this to make Italian sodas, flavor my green tea and in my plain yogurt. It was very very good. I also recommend the rose.
I have seen it used for cocktail recipes and would like to try it with Whipped Cream Vodka or Vanilla Vodka.
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