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Past Boxes

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August 2017's Use Your ImaGINation Box

What makes gin, gin? The one real requisite is the distilling of a neutral grain alcohol with juniper, and that’s actually pretty much it. What distinguishes the various gins from one another, on the other hand, is a far more interesting question! With so many distinct flavors, no two gins are truly alike (luckily we have a lifetime to try them all out!), which makes for an amazing range of what we can do with this beautiful spirit—and this box is a great opportunity to experiment!

Read all about the box here! and meet the imaginative bartenders behind the drinks.

July 2017's Pisco Fever Box

Hot summer nights call for the spirit of the Incan gods: pisco, one of the purest spirits known to man. The only thing that enters the bottle is the grapes—and nothing else can be added, not even water. The result is the remarkably delicious and shockingly versatile unaged Peruvian brandy that’s sure to be the next big thing in the cocktail world!

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June 2017's Sake it to Me Box

Sake (the Japanese fermented rice liquor) is quickly becoming popular among bartenders due to its intense umami-ness (the fifth taste), complex flavor profile, and increasing availability and variety here in the US, though many people still haven’t discovered sake libations. So we’re here to help—with June’s Sake It To Me Box!

Read all about the box here! and meet the imaginative bartenders behind the drinks.

May 2017's Agave Blanco Box

The town of Tequila, Mexico—where the spirit we so love gets its name—is surrounded by a red volcanic soil, in which blue agave grows in abundance. After it's harvested, the blue agave's juice is extracted, fermented, and distilled, at which point it becomes tequila blanco. This spirit—along with the flavors of central Mexico—will be our focus in May's Agave Blanco Box.

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April 2017's Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! Box

To celebrate the first anniversary of Russell Davis joining Shaker & Spoon as our CCO (Chief Cocktail Officer), we're re-releasing the first box we created with his team: Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! Using vodka as a blank canvas, these three cocktail works of art make our taste buds rejoice by bringing lovely spring flavors back to the fore.

Read all about the box and meet the imaginative bartenders behind the drinks.

March 2017's Kiss Me, I'm Whiskey Box

Just in time for St. Paddy's Day, this box thoroughly explored Irish whiskey with drinks that ran the gamut from light and refreshing to heavier and smokier. Newcomers to Ireland’s “water of life” and connoisseurs were both likely to have their expectations upended by these recipes. Sláinte agus táinte!

Read all about the box or just meet the brilliant bartenders behind the drinks.

February 2017's Afterparty Box

Since the afterparty is often so much cooler than the actual event, we figured out a way to put all that leftover New Year's bubbly to good use and make the second month of the year more spectacular than the first with February’s Afterparty Box!

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January 2017's Brandy, She's So Fine Box

Much like brandy itself (which was a totally accidental discovery), our Brandy, She's So Fine Box offered some lovely surprises that even brandy connoisseurs may not have been expecting!

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December 2016's Gincember Box

Modern gin—bright with lovely astringent qualities—pairs uncommonly well with fruits and herbs, which allowed us to pack some bold flavors into December’s recipes. Whether you're a gin fanatic or have never really delved into the spirit before, this box had something exciting to offer.

Read all about the Gincember Box here; meet the classy bartenders behind the drinks here.

November 2016's Thank Goodness for Bourbon Box

Back by popular demand, this was a revamped reprise of our original bourbon box, and your second chance to try it! With the summer’s heat beginning to fully dissipate, we supplied the heat of bourbon to provide the warmth we were beginning to crave.

Read all about the Thanks Goodness for Bourbon Box and meet our knowledgeable bourbon experts.

October 2016's ¡Viva Mezcal! Box

For the longest time, tequila was the most well-known and ubiquitous agave-based spirit in the US, but the times they are a-changin’. For those who hadn’t tried tequila's awesome cousin yet, our October box was a chance to see what all the hype is about.

Read about the ¡Viva Mezcal! Box here; meet its dazzling bartenders here.

September 2016's Campari Hard Box

Our Campari Hard Box was the ideal way to party through the final days of summer, and welcome the beginnings of beautiful fall, while being introduced to a staple of any serious bartender's know-how.

Read all about that box and meet the alluring bartenders behind those drinks.

August 2016's Cachaça-ing the Dream Box

While the entire world flocked to Brazil for the Rio Olympics, we transported our subscribers there “in spirit” with cachaça (Brazil's official liquor) cocktails!

Read all about the Cachaça-ing the Dream Box and meet the crafty bartenders behind the drinks.

July 2016's Summer Scotch Box

"What, really?!" we sense you pondering. "Scotch cocktails in the summer?" That's right! We explored the lighter, summerier side of Scotch that may not be as well known as its brooding counterpart.

Read all about the Summer Scotch Box and meet the bartenders behind the Smoked Peach, Night Fighter, and A Worn Path.

June  2016's  Celebrate with Bubbles Box

F. Scott Fitzgerald once said: “Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right”—and we wholeheartedly agreed. So we put together the Celebrate with Bubbles Box, which was just right for celebrating everyone's springtime special occasions.

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May 2016's Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My!

Our first box after Russell Davis joined the Shaker & Spoon team as our intrepid CCO (Chief Cocktail Officer), this one explored vodka's ability to act as a blank canvas for astounding cocktail art.

Read all about Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! and meet the brainy bartenders behind the drinks (including Russell himself!).

April 2016's Amber Rum Box

Amber (or gold) rum is aged in oak barrels, which imparts its extra flavor and beautiful color. In this Amber Rum Box—back from the vault!—we honored the tropics where it originated, while also re-imagining vintage nineteenth-century American cocktails. The Rum Buck, a lovely rolled drink, featured hibiscus syrup, lime juice, ginger beer, and fresh kaffir lime leaves. The Rum Smash was made with our house-made cinnamon syrup,  Angostura bitters, and lemon. And the Rum Old Fashioned offered the perfect balance of Angostura bitters, orange bitters, and black pepper–ginger syrup.

March 2016's Agave Blanco Box

Tequila blanco—along with the flavors of central Mexico—was our focus here. The Old Oaxaca featured a Oaxacan specialty—mole—along with the habanero, a chili pepper so old that no one knows exactly where it originated. The Burro Buck, a light, effervescent drink, mixed the smoky savoriness of our house-made Mexican spice syrup with the zing of ginger and lime. Bright and refreshing with a light touch of heat, the Jefe del Pepino brought together some of Jalisco’s homegrown goods—lime, cucumber, and chili peppers—in a delicious drink!

February 2016's Gin Lovers Box

Consider the Gin Lovers Box a history lesson in cocktail form.  We started with the Gin Flower, a classic old fashioned brightened with our house-made flower syrup. The Goji Southside was our spin on a cocktail from the turn of the twentieth century, with a complex citrus flavor and added depth  by way of ginger and goji berries. Lastly, the Juliet & Romeo was a modern classic—with rose water, cucumber, mint, and salt—to make you fall in love . . . with gin.

January 2016's Winter Bourbon Box

The Winter Bourbon Box evoked the heat of fire to thaw winter’s cold in three unique executions. The Inca Berry Sour starred South American Inca berries with lemon juice, demerara syrup, and Angostura bitters. The Fire In Your Belly included our house-made kukicha twig syrup, Angostura bitters, added heat from hellfire tincture, and balance from celery bitters. Then once you’d gotten cozy by a roaring fire, it was time for our Oolong Toddy, made with loose-leaf Taiwanese oolong tea, our orange-ginger spice syrup, and cardamom bitters, then topped with a caramelized orange slice and  an anise star.

December 2015's Amber Rum Box

Amber (or gold) rum is aged in oak barrels, which imparts its extra flavor and beautiful color. In this Amber Rum Box—our very first!—we honored the tropics where it originated, while also re-imagining vintage nineteenth-century American cocktails. The Rum Buck, a lovely rolled drink, featured hibiscus syrup, lime juice, ginger beer, and fresh kaffir lime leaves. The Rum Smash was made with our house-made cinnamon syrup, Angostura bitters, and lemon. And the Rum Old Fashioned offered the perfect balance of Angostura bitters, orange bitters, and black pepper–ginger syrup.