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Shaker & Spoon Subscription Box Review – December 2015

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Shaker & Spoon is a monthly subscription box that sends you everything you need (except the alcohol) to create bar-worthy cocktails at home.

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Each box focuses on a particular spirit and includes step-by-step original recipes and specialty ingredients.

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You can skip boxes at any time, so there’s no need to worry if you don’t like a particular spirit. If you don’t like gin, for example, you can skip boxes that feature it.

Shaker & Spoon also strives to make all of their boxes naturally vegan. If a box is not vegan, it is their policy to explicitly mention it when the box is announced.

This box was sent to me at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

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Subscription Box: Shaker & Spoon

Cost: $40 per month or $110 for 3 months

COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with coupon code FIRST10

The Products: All of the ingredients (other than the alcohol) to make 12 cocktails from 3 different recipes.

Ships to: US

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Each Shaker & Spoon box is created to showcase a different type of liquor. This is the “Winter Bourbon Box.”

Cocktail #1- Inca Berry Sour

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Ingredients: demerara syrup, inca berries, bourbon, lemon juice, and Angostura bitters

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The first recipe featured this month updates a classic whisky sour with the addition of inca berries, a sweet and citrusy fruit grown at high altitudes in the Andes. I received this box right before heading out of town for the holidays, so, sadly, I wasn’t able to utilize the inca berries within the timeframe recommended by Shaker & Spoon. I still wanted to try out the cocktail, though, so I made the recipe with a slight substitution. Instead of inca berries, I used cherries. I’m a fan of sours, and this one was tasty.

Note: the photos of the drinks in this month’s box are taken from the Shaker & Spoon website. I made my cocktails one evening, and the lighting just wouldn’t cooperate. Sadly, my photos turned out a little dark and grainy, so I thought I’d share Shaker & Spoon’s beautiful snaps instead. While their pictures are much better than mine, I can attest that our cocktails looked pretty much the same.

Cocktail #2- Fire ’n Your Belly

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Ingredients: bourbon, kukicha twig syrup, hellfire tincture, celery bitters, and an orange zest spiral

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In addition to the ingredients needed to make this month’s cocktails, Shaker & Spoon included a citrus twist peeler in this box. I love receiving kitchen and bar tools in subscription boxes, so I’m very pleased by the addition. For the Fire ’n Your Belly cocktail, Shaker & Spoon kicked up a traditional Old Fashioned with the addition of spicy hellfire tincture, celery bitters, and kukicha twig syrup, a concoction made from the twigs and stems of the tea plant. I like the spicy and sweet notes in this cocktail. I think it’s a really fun update on a classic, and I love the incorporation of unusual syrups and tinctures!

Cocktail #3- Oolong Toddy

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Ingredients: oolong tea, orange wheel, demerara sugar, bourbon, cardamom bitters, orange-ginger splice syrup, and a star anise pod

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I love tea, so I couldn’t wait to try this oolong-based version of a Hot Toddy! The flavors of orange and anise meld beautifully with the bourbon and oolong, and the presentation suggestion is great. This is a perfect winter cocktail, and I definitely plan to make it again soon.

This month, I was excited to discovered that Shaker & Spoon posts instructional videos to assist subscribers with the mixing of their cocktails. I think this is such a helpful idea, and it really does help to de-mystify some of the techniques they use. If you’d like to check them out, they’re all available here.

Verdict: I really enjoy trying new experimental cocktails and mixing up drinks at home, so this box was a lot of fun for me. The Fire n’ Your Belly was really unusual (in a good way!), and I loved the Oolong Toddy. This is my second box from Shaker & Spoon, and I’ve been thrilled to see both boxes packed with some great recipes and truly unique ingredients. Value-wise, I think it’s important to point out that this box is all about curation. The actual cost of the ingredients is likely fairly low, but the creative recipes and inventive syrup flavors help turn this box into something special.

What do you think of Shaker & Spoon? Are you a fan of experimental cocktails?

Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker by day and a subscription box junkie by night. She first subscribed to Birchbox in 2013 and her addiction grew when she signed up for Graze, PopSugar, and Knoshy. Her favorite part about being a subscription box addict is discovering new products- especially gourmet goodies, beauty products, and kitchen tools!
All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

9 Comments

  1. I received this box last week and I love it! It was packaged very nicely. I made the Inca Berry Sour and it was delicious; I still have try the other two drinks.

    • We’re so happy to hear that! Hope you enjoyed the other two drinks as well. 🙂

  2. i think this is pretty good value for money.
    Its not just the cocktails either which seem really fun, you get to try new exotic ingredients that can also be used for baking and cooking.
    awesome concept

  3. Hi Heather! They certainly do! Next up is the “Gin Lovers Box.”

  4. This is really cool! I like that you can try cocktails with obscure ingredients without having to commit to buying a whole bottle of something you might not like. Do they give you a heads up on which spirit will be featured in the next box?

    • We’re glad you like our concept, Heather! We reveal the contents of the next month’s box about a month before it ships, on our social channels, newsletter, and website. Come on over to any of our pages to get the scoop on next month’s Gin Lovers Box! We’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram /shakerandspoon.

      • Is a Canadian allowed to order if they have a US mailing address? Assuming our dollar stops nose diving….

        • As long as there is a U.S. address for us to ship to, we’ll be able to accept your order!

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