Brandy, She’s So Fine

What do renowned French writer Victor Hugo and New York hip-hop luminary Nas have in common? A way with words, for sure—but this unlikely pair is also united by their outspoken admiration for this month’s highlighted spirit. There has been a spot reserved in the public imagination for what the Dutch called brandewijn, or “burnt…

Behind the Distilling of Hangar 1 Vodka

We sat down with Caley Shoemaker, head distiller at Hangar 1 Vodka (one of the recommended pairings for our Pleased as Punch Box), to chat about her journey, flavored vodka’s reputation vs. reality, and Hangar 1’s distillation process. S&S: How did your journey lead to becoming head distiller at Hangar 1? CS: I got my…

Behind the Mediterranean Sunset

We sat down with Robert Sickler to chat about his work, his travels, some very unique cocktail recipes, and his drink for December’s Pleased as Punch Box, the Mediterranean Sunset! S&S: Your Mediterranean Sunset punch draws from geography and a sense of environment for inspiration. Is that a common way for you to conceive of…

Pleased as Punch

The holiday season is fast approaching, and we’re so brimming with excitement that we’ve concocted a trio of tasty delights that cannot be contained within a single shaker or serving. Get your ice molds in order and dig out that ornate bowl and ladle for your next party, because there’s a VIP guest that should…

Strawberry Napa Fizz

Here’s another cocktail recipe from Vivian making use of her leftover Shaker & Spoon syrups. You can also find more drinks photography from Vivian on Instagram at @thetipsymuse. Strawberry Napa Fizz Loch & Union Distilling is unusual because it is from Napa, California, hardly THE place famous for gin. I was recently invited to their gin tasting,…

Behind the Tipo Chichero

We sat down with Andres Chopite-Parra to chat about his work, Venezuela, rum, and his drink for November’s Rums of Origin Box, the Tipo Chichero! S&S: How important is rum to Venezuelan history and culture? ACP: It’s imbedded in our culture. It’s part of who we are. I’ve always said there are three things that Venezuela didn’t…

Rums of Origin

Properly made and balanced cocktails delight the senses and play a pivotal role wherever people come together in celebration and joy. And in many cases, what lies within the confines of a drinking glass can also open one’s eyes to the transportive elements at play. The base spirit and ingredients chosen unlock a portal into…

Chartreuse Swizzle

Here’s another cocktail recipe from Vivian making use of her leftover Shaker & Spoon syrups. You can also find more drinks photography from Vivian on Instagram at @thetipsymuse. Chartreuse Swizzle I finally have my own swizzle stick and have made my first swizzle with it! The swizzle is a tiki-style drink stirred with a swizzle stick (which…

Book Box: The First Gineration

The sun has set on summer and we’ve immediately hit the books—the cocktail books, that is. Over the years there have been many great published works that combine enlightening facts and histories with brilliant photos and recipes. The earliest known compendium of techniques and drinks was mixology founding father Jerry Thomas’s Bartender’s Guide in the…

Refuerza La Vida

This coming month we Celebrate Mezcal, but the world wouldn’t know of this delightful and delicious spirit were it not for the people of central and southwestern Mexico. In 2017 an earthquake hit the region, causing much devastation in the Mexican states of Puebla and Morelos and extending into the greater Mexico City area and…

Behind the Señor Rojo

We sat down with Sam Jimenez to chat about his work, Mexico, mezcal, and his drink for September’s Celebrate Mezcal Box, the Señor Rojo! S&S: In what ways does the Señor Rojo represent the flavors of Oaxaca? SJ: Señor Rojo is a cocktail that assimilates boldness, spices, citrus, smokiness, and flavor. To me that’s part of…

Celebrate Mezcal

There’s not a celebration in the world that has the look, feel, and flavors of Mexican Independence Day—a loud and proud party full of colorful decor, irresistible food, romantic mariachi music, and delicious drinks. Since its day of triumph on September 16, 1810, Mexico has adapted international influences from its past while developing a rich…