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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 of vodka now? Each of this month's featured bartenders has a recommendation for you! Any of them will work well for all three recipes found in this box, depending on your preference:
Kate Gerwin recommends Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka. As a certified sommelier, she has good reason to pick Hanson of Sonoma: it's made with organic grapes and distilled right in the heart of Sonoma wine country. This vodka is smooth, has all the right hints of its vineyard origins, and is a great fit for this box, with its delicious and bright spring flavors.
Russell Davis recommends Tito's Handmade Vodka, with his Texas pride flag flying high (it's based in Austin, TX). Distilled from corn, this vodka has a slight sweetness to it that makes it extremely versatile and appealing. Plus they love dogs, and Russell's four-footed companion Gaia approves. "You've gotta love a vodka that loves dogs as much as I do!" he says.
Danny Ronen recommends Square One, which is all about the organic American rye they use to distill it. The rich, slightly nutty flavor that the rye lends to the vodka surprises people every time, and that's something Danny loves to do—open minds and change perspectives!
Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 24 oz of vodka; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.
Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/4, 1/2, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 oz, as well as a tablespoon measure, shaker, strainer, fine mesh strainer, bar spoon, mixing glass, and citrus reamer or juicer. These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.
Recommended glassware: Rocks glass and a collins glass
Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 6 pounds of ice (6 ice trays’ worth).
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