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Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle now? This month is a bit different from our usual way of doing things—this box works with either bourbon OR aged tequila, it's up to you which to use! We have recommendations for each one from this month's bartenders and the Shaker & Spoon team. ANY of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference:
Knob Creek Bourbon has some extra kick to it (in that it's 100 proof!), which'll provide a good backbone to the cocktails and help the party move along ;) And, since Knob Creek has made a commitment to the craft of aging its spirits, it has a bold presence that holds up well when paired with bold ingredients like the ones in this box.
Wild Turkey 101 is a fantastic spicy bourbon that won't break the bank. It's also high proof (101, hence the name) so it'll have a similar strength to it. Deep and warm, with a jolt of cinnamon and ginger, it'll complement these cocktails beautifully.
For tequila, an añejo where the warmth, spice, and vanilla of the barrel shine through is ideal. An excellent splurge is the Patron Añejo, which is spicy and bright.
For a very affordable añejo tequila with a strong agave presence, try Espolòn Añejo. It spends a year in oak with the final 2 months in former bourbon barrels, making it approachable for whiskey and tequila drinkers alike.
We've partnered with our friends at Minibar Delivery to bring you a special offer this month! They've got all four of these recommendations: Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Knob Creek Bourbon, Patron Añejo, and Espolòn Añejo,and code SHAKERSPOON will get you $10 off your first order on their site.
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 22 oz of bourbon OR aged tequila; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet, or maybe you'd like to try both? In which case two 375 ml bottles should work well.
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 oz, as well as a strainer, shaker, bar spoon, mixing glass, fine strainer and/or cheesecloth, citrus reamer or juicer, and hand torch (or stove burner). These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: Rocks glass, collins glass, and coupe
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 5 pounds of ice (5 ice trays’ worth).
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