Shaker & Spoon is a new cocktail subscription box that sends you everything you need to make a variety of great drinks — you just provide the alcohol.
Each box will be focused on one particular type of liquor in which all of the recipes can be made. You’ll receive 3 different cocktail recipes and enough ingredients to make 12 individual drinks. Your box will include step-by-step instructions as well as a glossary which explains all of the bartender terms used in the recipes. Everything you need — bitters, garnishes, syrups, and citrus — will be provided. Just get yourself a bottle of the recommended liquor, and you’re good to go. Shaker & Spoon also offers helpful how-to videos on their site if you need a little more, well, help. 😉
Subscriptions are $40/month or less with multi-month commitments. For a limited time, you can save 10% on your first box with coupon code “FIRST10“.
Let’s see what’s in the November 2015 Shaker & Spoon box!
Everything was shipped in a small box via 3-day priority mail. A note on the lid said to refrigerate upon receipt.
A peek inside. — Fresh garnish! Now it was clear why the box needed refrigeration.
November’s box featured some new takes on vintage 19th century American recipes that all call for amber (or gold) rum. The welcome/info card included a list of everything I’d find inside.
A 2-sided Glossary Card provided helpful definitions of various barware, glassware, techniques, and terminology.
Cocktail Syrups – Three different syrups were included: Cinnamon, Hibiscus, and Black Pepper-Ginger. Fun Fact: All of the specialty syrups are made in-house at Shaker & Spoon.
Barritt’s Bermuda Stone Ginger Beer – A bottle of ginger beer was included to be used as a main ingredient in one of the featured recipes (The Rum Buck).
Bitters – Two bottles of bitters were included: Orange and Angostura.
Lemons – Three lemons were provided for use in the “Rum Smash”.
Limes – For the Rum Buck, you need the juice of one lime. Shaker & Spoon provided enough of ’em for four drinks.
Garnish – Fresh herbs and citrus swaths were vacuum-sealed to stay fresh (which they were, for the most part). Included were 4 grapefruit swaths, 8 kaffir lime leaves, and 12 mint sprigs.
Recipes – The 3 cocktails featured were a Rum Buck, Rum Smash, and Rum Old Fashioned. Each card included the tools needed, methods to be used, recommended glass, and full step-by-step instructions.
Okay, so this is where I should actually show the prepared drinks, right? Um… Yeeeah… About that… 😉 My husband and I had been planning to hit a liquor store since receiving the box, but it just never happened. We’re not regular drinkers and rarely buy anything besides beer and an occasional winer cooler… Also, we weren’t sure if you could bring kids into a liquor store (since the girls are always with us). So yeah, apologies for no fancy cocktail photos.
While we didn’t get a chance to actually try the recipes out, I was still impressed with the curation of the November Shaker & Spoon box. I totally understand why they don’t include the alcohol itself, but it would have been SO much more convenient if they did. For us, anyway. 😉 For those who keep a better stock of spirits in their house, this would be a super convenient way to experiment with new recipes!
What do the stars mean?
★ = Crummy ★★ = Just Okay ★★★ = Good ★★★★ = Awesome ★★★★★ = Extraordinarily Awesome
Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way. All opinions are my own. Post may contain affiliate and/or referral links.