Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club
My liquor cabinet is filled with mostly-unused bottles, so if
you’re anything like me, the Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club will
be a bit of a godsend. The monthly kits (which start at $50 for one
box but grow incrementally less expensive depending on whether
you commit yourself to 3, 6, or 12-month subscriptions) come
with instructions, recipes, and ingredients, including fresh citrus.
The only thing a subscriber is required to purchase separately is
the alcohol itself, which is convenient if you’ve built up a liquor
cabinet you’re not entirely sure what to do with.
Shaker and Spoon recipes are printed on large, easy-to-read
cards, and mixology novices will be aided by a glossary card that
describes equipment, simple techniques, and terminology. Those
with drink-crafting experience will be pleased to find that recipes
come from well-regarded bartenders across the country and are
easy to follow without being simplistic or commonplace.
Ingredients are also outside the scope of what one might typically
keep in a home bar. One of their recent kits, which focused on
tequila’s smoky and increasingly revered cousin mezcal, included
fresh citrus (limes and a blood orange) and clearly labeled
apothecary-like bottles containing chocolate syrup (and not the
Hershey’s variety), celery syrup, ancho-jalapeno agave nectar,
acid phosphate, Scrappy’s Firewater Tincture, and “Critter Bitters
Pure Cricket Tincture,” a nutty liquid made from -- you guessed it
-- toasted crickets. The resulting drinks were bold, nuanced, and
nicely layered -- a testament to what can be created with the right
ingredients and just a little bit of know-how.
Shaker and Spoon Cocktail Club, boxed kits, subscriptions,
syrups, and more.