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To Have on Hand for Your Kiss Me, I'm Whiskey Box

Recommended liquor: So that you can start mixing your cocktails as soon as your box arrives, why not go get your bottle of Irish whiskey 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:

Will Thompson of Ruka, Lolita Cocina, and Yvonne's in Boston, recommends Redbreast 12-Year Irish Whiskey. The richness of pot-stilled Redbreast 12's texture and the  strong fruit notes from its being aged in sherry barrels make it the ideal candidate for these late winter/early spring cocktails, and its natural spice lends the drinks real spine. Full-bodied Irish whiskey is a great way to survive the last of a long winter, and Redbreast is absolutely in the vanguard of bottlings that help define the category.

Elle Maeyaert of Minneapolis's The Local recommends 2 GINGERS, whose founder actually used to own her bar and sell the stuff exclusively in Minnesota. Now that it's gone national, you can pretty easily find this smooth, malty, and slightly sweet blended Irish Whiskey (with a tingle of honey and citrus) for your mixing pleasure. The woody essence of this four-year-aged blend suggests caramel and vanilla to the finish.

Stephen Berry of Kru Contemporary Japanese Cuisine in Sacramento suggests Teeling Irish Whiskey, a beautiful small-batch blend with subtle yet complex spice notes (cinnamon, vanilla, and a touch of allspice thanks to being matured in rum barrels). Teeling complements and highlights the flavors in these cocktails without overpowering them.

Recommended amount: To make all 12 drinks, you'll need 22 oz of Irish whiskey; a medium (750 ml) bottle will be your best bet.

Recommended barware: A few different jiggers that measure 1/2, 3/4, 1, 1 1/2, and 2 oz, as well as a shaker, strainer, muddler, bar spoon, mixing glass, and citrus reamer or juicer . Additionally, if your fridge doesn't have a crushed ice option and you can't get pebble ice at the store, you'll need to make your own and can use either a Lewis bag and wooden mallet or a Ziploc freezer bag and another blunt kitchen object, such as a pestle , or even the bottle that your whiskey comes in (just make sure it's closed tight!). These are not all strictly necessary, but will improve your mixology experience.

Recommended glassware: Coupe, rocks glass, and double rocks glass

Recommended ice: To make all 12 cocktails in one go, you'll need about 5 pounds of ice (5 ice trays’ worth).

And one more recommendation: This month you'll also need to have four raw egg whites on hand in order to make the Tea & Honey cocktail. Unfortunately we're not able to ship those in the box. For a vegan alternative, we found that Ms. Better's Miraculous Foamer works, well, miraculously!

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Mighty Craic Cobbler

Tea & Honey

Spice of Life