The Walnut Muddler from Williams-Sonoma is an exceptionally efficient and environment-friendly muddler for making cocktails. It is made of smooth walnut wood, and does the job without scratching or otherwise damaging the glass or shaker containing the cocktail ingredients. The purpose of a muddler is to muddle, or crush, a whole bunch of ingredients so that it becomes a smooth mix. This one does the job perfectly, releasing the essence of the oils and the flavors and juices in the fruits without adding or leaving behind anything unwanted or harmful. It’s large enough and shaped perfectly for use with all kinds of tall barware where it is hard to access the ingredients with your hands. The muddler also makes for a wicked bat if you want to take a swing and knock a head or two.