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Past Boxes: 2016

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Dec 2016's Gincember Box


Modern gin—bright with lovely astringent qualities—pairs uncommonly well with fruits and herbs, which allowed us to pack some bold flavors into December’s recipes. Whether you're a gin fanatic or have never really delved into the spirit before, this box had something exciting to offer.

Read all about the Gincember Box here; meet the classy bartenders behind the drinks here.

Nov 2016's Thank Goodness for Bourbon Box


Back by popular demand, this was a revamped reprise of our original bourbon box, and your second chance to try it! With the summer’s heat beginning to fully dissipate, we supplied the heat of bourbon to provide the warmth we were beginning to crave.

Read all about the Thanks Goodness for Bourbon Box and meet our knowledgeable bourbon experts. 

Oct 2016's ¡Viva Mezcal! Box


For the longest time, tequila was the most well-known and ubiquitous agave-based spirit in the US, but the times they are a-changin’. For those who hadn’t tried tequila's awesome cousin yet, our October box was a chance to see what all the hype is about.

Read about the ¡Viva Mezcal! Box here; meet its dazzling bartenders here.

Sep 2016's Campari Hard Box


Our Campari Hard Box was the ideal way to party through the final days of summer, and welcome the beginnings of beautiful fall, while being introduced to a staple of any serious bartender's know-how.

Read all about that box and meet the alluring bartenders behind those drinks.

Aug 2016's Cachaça-ing the Dream Box


While the entire world flocked to Brazil for the Rio Olympics, we transported our subscribers there “in spirit” with cachaça (Brazil's official liquor) cocktails!

Read all about the Cachaça-ing the Dream Box and meet the crafty bartenders behind the drinks.

July 2016's Summer Scotch Box


"What, really?!" we sense you pondering. "Scotch cocktails in the summer?" That's right! We explored the lighter, summerier side of Scotch that may not be as well known as its brooding counterpart.

Read all about the Summer Scotch Box and meet the bartenders behind the Smoked Peach, Night Fighter, and A Worn Path.

June 2016's Celebrate with Bubbles Box


F. Scott Fitzgerald once said: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right”—and we wholeheartedly agreed. So we put together the Celebrate with Bubbles Box, which was just right for celebrating everyone's springtime special occasions.

Read all about the box or just meet the glorious bartenders behind the drinks.

May 2016's Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! Box


Our first box after Russell Davis joined the Shaker & Spoon team as our intrepid CCO (Chief Cocktail Officer), this one explored vodka's ability to act as a blank canvas for astounding cocktail art.

Read all about Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! and meet the brainy bartenders behind the drinks (including Russell himself!).

April 2016's Amber Rum Box


Amber (or gold) rum is aged in oak barrels, which imparts its extra flavor and beautiful color. In this Amber Rum Box—back from the vault!—we honored the tropics where it originated, while also re-imagining vintage nineteenth-century American cocktails. The Rum Buck, a lovely rolled drink, featured hibiscus syrup, lime juice, ginger beer, and fresh kaffir lime leaves. The Rum Smash was made with our house-made cinnamon syrup,  Angostura bitters, and lemon. And theRum Old Fashioned offered the perfect balance of Angostura bitters, orange bitters, and black pepper–ginger syrup.

Mar 2016's Agave Blanco Box


Tequila blanco—along with the flavors of central Mexico—was our focus here. The Old Oaxaca featured a Oaxacan specialty—mole—along with the habanero, a chili pepper so old that no one knows exactly where it originated. The Burro Buck, a light, effervescent drink, mixed the smoky savoriness of our house-made Mexican spice syrup with the zing of ginger and lime. Bright and refreshing with a light touch of heat, the Jefe del Pepino brought together some of Jalisco’s homegrown goods—lime, cucumber, and chili peppers—in a delicious drink!

Feb 2016's Gin Lovers Box


Consider the Gin Lovers Box a history lesson in cocktail form.  We started with the Gin Flower, a classic old fashioned brightened with our house-made flower syrup. The Goji Southside was our spin on a cocktail from the turn of the twentieth century, with a complex citrus flavor and added depth  by way of ginger and goji berries. Lastly, the Juliet & Romeo was a modern classic—with rose water, cucumber, mint, and salt—to make you fall in love . . . with gin.

Jan 2016's Winter Bourbon Box


The Winter Bourbon Box evoked the heat of fire to thaw winter’s cold in three unique executions. The Inca Berry Sour starred South American Inca berries with lemon juice, demerara syrup, and Angostura bitters. The Fire In Your Bellyincluded our house-made kukicha twig syrup, Angostura bitters, added heat from hellfire tincture, and balance from celery bitters. Then once you’d gotten cozy by a roaring fire, it was time for our Oolong Toddy, made with loose-leaf Taiwanese oolong tea, our orange-ginger spice syrup, and cardamom bitters, then topped with a caramelized orange slice and  an anise star.

Dec 2015's Amber Rum Box


Amber (or gold) rum is aged in oak barrels, which imparts its extra flavor and beautiful color. In this Amber Rum Box—our very first!—we honored the tropics where it originated, while also re-imagining vintage nineteenth-century American cocktails. The Rum Buck, a lovely rolled drink, featured hibiscus syrup, lime juice, ginger beer, and fresh kaffir lime leaves. The Rum Smash was made with our house-made cinnamon syrup, Angostura bitters, and lemon. And theRum Old Fashioned offered the perfect balance of Angostura bitters, orange bitters, and black pepper–ginger syrup.


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