I know, I know, another cocktail post. I'm not a lush, I promise! But I will encourage drinking just so you can experience the magic that is Shaker and Spoon.
In a nutshell, each month they curate a box of fresh ingredients, syrups and unique bitters around one type of liquor. Everything you need to make 4 servings each of 3 unique cocktails is inside- minus the booze. I felt like an alchemist unpacking it- who wouldn't get excited about seeing things like cardamon bitters, kukicha twig syrup, bird's eye chili extract, and a special little channel knife for creating perfect citrus twists??
I'll be honest, I'm not making a ton of cocktails at home, but when I do I would love for them to be special, with fresh ingredients and garnishes vs some pre-mixed who-knows-what from the liquor store. ESPECIALLY if I'm having guests over. (Because who doesn't like to impress, amiright???)
As a bonus, I picked up some tips and tricks while making these drinks that I'll use in the future. And since each cocktail comes with a recipe card, it would be a cinch to set up the bar for a crowd (Like my friend Kate did for this party.)
I was giddy to get my "Thank Goodness for Bourbon" box- sipping small batch bourbon by the fire while curled up with a book is a common weekend scene around this house. I happily tossed my bourbon on the rocks to the side though in favor of some fancier libations. (Plus, I'll use just about any excuse to dive into my vintage barware collection.)
The recipes featured in the "Thank Goodness for Bourbon" box were an Oolong Toddy- a great twist on the classic hot toddy, Fire 'N Your Belly- a kicked up old fashioned with chili extract and twig syrup, and an Inca Berry Sour- A delightful whiskey sour with the addition of Inca berries (not exactly something you'd find at your average grocery store!)
I'll be trying out more boxes in the future, and also think they would be the perfect gift for foodie friends.