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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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.