You don't have to use a special tool, of course; we often use the back of a spoon or a long pestle. But if you're in the market for a good muddler, here are several that we like.
From left to right, above:8" Stainless Steel Muddler, with rubber tip and handle, which is kinder on your hands and your glasses. $9.99 at Amazon. 10" Artisanal Wood Muddler, hand turned by a New York artisan. Bright, colorful, and hand-made! Support artists and crafters. $29.99 at Etsy. 11" Corkpops Wood Muddler, the most basic muddler. $6.99 at Chef Central.
Do you use a muddler? Or do you use something else - a more common tool in your kitchen? What's the best thing you've found to muddle your mint and basil?