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The Lewis ice crushing bag is an essential element in any serious bartender’s toolkit. Made to withstand the kind of pounding Marshawn Lynch inflicts on people trying to tackle him, the Lewis bag and a sturdy wooden mallet are as important to your Mojito as the rum and the mint. Bartender/consultant Mike McSorley and his girlfriend, independent fashion designer Malia Peoples (pictured), are the owners of McSology (mcsology.com), a Seattle company that sells a Lewis bag crafted of 100 percent heavyweight cotton canvas with serged seams and triple stitching ($48). When we asked Facebook friends to tell us why they loved their jobs, McSology’s entry in our Facebook photo challenge responded with: “Late-night sewing sessions and sleeping in until noon! Loud music and a splash of bourbon! McSology is a Seattle-based party of two: a world-class craft bartender and an award-winning fashion designer. We provide bartenders around the globe with the finest textile ice-crushing bags in the industry. With a rapidly growing international customer base, and the ability to avoid rush-hour traffic, we wouldn't change a thing about what we do!” McSology also makes a bartender’s tool roll, featuring 15 individual elasticized pockets to hold everything from spoons to strainers.

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