Hamptons Lane Subscription Box Review & Coupon – July 2015
Hamptons Lane is a monthly gourmet food subscription box. Each month you get to preview the theme, and you can opt out if it’s not for you.
FYI – if you are interested in this box, it is still available as of today if you sign up for a subscription.
The Subscription Box: Hamptons Lane
The Cost: $47 a month (with the option to skip any month).
COUPON: Use coupon code Subscription10 to save $10 off your first box!
The Products: Artisan food products centered around a new theme each month.
Ships to: US only, extra shipping costs for Alaska and Hawaii.
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This month’s theme is Gatsby Cocktail Party, and Hamptons Lane has included a booklet to accompany the shipment. The booklet includes a detailed description of the items included in the box.
The booklet also contains tips from NYC-based experiential event designer Adam Aleksander to help you create the perfect Gatsby-themed party. Of course, there are also plenty of recipes to try.
Duo of Mini Cocktail Shakers from Hamptons Lane- $30
At first, I wasn’t quite sure why Hamptons Lane would include two of the same item, but, given the party theme, I think it makes sense. With two shakers, more than one cocktail can be made at a time! The stainless steel shakers are the perfect size for a single cocktail, and the lid doubles as a .5 oz measure.
Lavender Lemon Syrup from Royal Rose (8 fl. oz.)- $11.50
This award-winning, organic syrup is used in a number of this month’s Hamptons Lane Recipes. The syrup blends citrus and floral flavors, it and smells incredible.
Wooden Cocktail Muddler from Hamptons Lane- $10
I’ve been in search of a good muddler, so I’m very excited to receive this one from Hamptons Lane. A muddler is used to crush fruit and herbs with sugars and bitters in order to release more flavor from the ingredients. It’s a tool often called for in classic cocktail recipes, and I think this one is beautiful.
Citrus Twist Peeler from Hamptons Lane- $5
This twist peeler creates curly ringlets of citrus zest that can be used as cocktail garnishes. More than once, I’ve tried creating the same effect with a vegetable peeler- with pretty poor results. I’m glad that I now have the proper tool to use.
Ginger Lemon Bitters from Hella Bitters (1.7 oz.)- $9.95
These bitters from NYC’s Hella Bitters are made with real lemon peel and both candied and dried ginger. According to Hamptons Lane, the flavor is great in “sweet, savory, spicy, and earthy cocktails.”
Gold Cocktail Rimming Sugar from Dell Cove Spices (2.5 oz. tin)- $4.25
Rimming sugar adds a sweet crunch to cocktails, and this product adds a golden sparkle, too. Hamptons Lane recommends using it with champagne cocktails.
To help get your Gatsby-themed party off on the right foot, Hamptons Lane also included a card with a discount code to receive 20% your next order of paper or digital invitations from Paperless Post.
Every month, Hamptons Lane provides recipes to accompany their box. I’ve had a lot of luck with the Hamptons Lane recipes, and I always look forward to making them. For this month’s cocktail party, I decided to make a Polo Player’s Mint Julep, an F. Scott Gin Rickey, a Party Thyme, and Lavender Cakelettes.
Recipe #1- Polo Player’s Mint Julep
This twist on a classic Mint Julep is made with fresh mint, bourbon, and Lemon Lavender Simple Syrup.
To prepare the drink, you combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake them vigorously with ice. They’re then strained into a glass with ice and fresh mint.
I really like Mint Juleps, and this was a great recipe. I also really liked the suggestion to garnish the glass with lots of mint.
Recipe #2- F. Scott Gin Rickey
A classic Gin Rickey is a refreshing drink with very little sweetness. It’s made with lime, gin, and club soda. The F. Scott Gin Rickey adds raspberries and Lemon Ginger Bitters into the mix, and the result is beautiful and delicious.
This cocktail was fruity and refreshing. As per the recipe, I used the Hamptons Lane citrus twister to create the lime garnish- such a nice touch!
Recipe #3- Party Thyme
Party Thyme is a cocktail made with gin, Lavender Lemon Simple Syrup, white nectarine, thyme, and lime. Based on the ingredients I had on hand, I made this cocktail with a couple of adjustments: instead of nectarine and thyme, I used white peach and mint.
I muddled the peach, lime, and mint together and then added gin and syrup and shook over ice.
This cocktail was my favorite of the bunch! The white peach was delicious with the gin and mint. It was also just so darn pretty!
Recipe #4- Lavender Cakelettes
To accompany the cocktails, I made Lavender Cakelettes. I made the batter in my Kitchen Aid mixer, according to the instructions. The recipe recommended using a mini muffin tin, but I decided to use my min bunt pan, instead.
The cakelettes baked at 350 until the set, approximately 15 minutes.
As always when I use a bundt pan, I had a nail-biting moment of will-they-or-won’t-they-release-from-the-pan. Luckily, they popped out with no problem! To finish the cakelettes, Hamptons Lane suggested brushing them with syrup. Instead, I made a simple glaze from powdered sugar, lemon juice, and Hella Bitters Lemon Ginger Bitters. I dipped the cakelettes in the glaze and topped each cake with a pinch of lavender buds.
The cakelettes were so pretty! Honestly, I would have liked for them to be a bit softer and moister, but the flavor was lovely.
My Gatsby Cocktail Party was pretty small (just a couple of friends), but we had an excellent time making cocktails, listening to jazz, and eating cakelettes. As usual, the recipes were fun to make and really tasty!
Verdict: I look forward to Hamptons Lane every month, and I love that each box helps me create a unique dining experience. I think this month’s “Gatsby Cocktail Party” theme is so much fun, and I think this might be one of my favorite boxes yet! For me, the tools included in this month’s box are useful and seem to be selected thoughtfully. I love that Hamptons Lane included syrup and bitters with interesting flavor combinations, and I think that this month’s recipes are creative and fun. Some of the recipes featured this month do seem more challenging than usual (French macarons, for example), but I still think there are recipes available on the Hamptons Lane site that are appropriate for cooks with all different skill levels. In terms of value, the items in this box total just over $70 (not counting the promo code for Paperless Post). That’s well over the $47 cost- a great deal, I think. (If you decide to sign up for a new subscription, don’t forget to use the $10 off code. That will bring the cost of your first box down to only $37!) Hamptons Lane consistently offers excellent curation and solid value for money, and I wholeheartedly recommend it for adventurous cooks and foodies!
What do you think of this month’s box from Hamptons Lane? Did you host your own Gatsby-themed cocktail party?