Shaker & Spoon Subscription Box Review + Coupon – March 2016
Shaker & Spoon is a monthly subscription box that sends you everything you need (except the alcohol) to create bar-worthy cocktails at home.
Each box focuses on a particular spirit and includes step-by-step original recipes and specialty ingredients.
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 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.)
The Subscription Box: Shaker & Spoon
The Cost: $40 per month or $110 for 3 months
COUPON: Save 10% off your first box with coupon code MSA10
The Products: All of the ingredients (except the alcohol) to make 12 cocktails from 3 different recipes.
Ships to: US
Each Shaker & Spoon box is created to showcase a different type of liquor. This is the “Agave Blanco” box, and it features cocktails made with tequila blanco.
This box is no longer available. If you sign up before March 31st, you’ll receive the “Amber Rum” box. This was Shaker & Spoon’s first box, and they’re bringing it back by popular demand! To see what’s inside, check out my review of it here.
Because the boxes contain perishable produce, Shaker & Spoon sends their boxes via USPS 2-day priority. My ingredients arrived in great condition, but my box was missing one of the ingredients. I reached out to Shaker & Spoon about it, and they sent the item the following day.
Cocktail #1- Old Oaxaca
Ingredients: tequila blanco, agave syrup, mole bitters, hellfire tincture, and a lemon swath
Shaker & Spoon’s Old Oaxaca is a twist on the Old Fashioned. It features the flavors of mole, a Oaxacan speciality, and hellfire tincture, a concoction made from habanero peppers that gives this drink a small amount of heat. While the drink was very strong, the agave syrup cut through the bite of the tequila, and the mole bitters and hellfire tincture added a nice bit of complexity.
Cocktail #2- Burro Buck
Ingredients: lime, Mexican spice syrup, tequila blanco, ginger beer
The Burro Buck is inspired by the flavors of Mexico’s Puebla region, which is known for mole and poblano chiles. Shaker & Spoon used poblano chiles (along with ancho chiles) as the base for their Mexican spice syrup. I love the flavors in this drink! There’s just a touch of smoky heat, and the combination of lime and ginger beer reminds me of a Dark & Stormy!
Cocktail #3- Jefe del Pepino
Ingredients: tequila blanco, simple syrup, lime, cucumber slices, chile pepper, Tajin
When I pulled two chile peppers out of this month’s box, I was immediately curious to see how they’d be incorporated into the recipes. (I’ve never made a cocktail with dried peppers before!) Before adding ice to the shaker, I muddled 1/2 of a chile pepper with a few slices of cucumber, to help release the flavors. I then added tequila and lime juice and shook the drink over ice. Before pouring it, I rimmed the glass with lime juice and Tajin, which certainly added some punch to both the flavor and presentation! I think this is my favorite cocktail this month (perhaps tied with the Burro Buck), but, man, is it spicy!
Every month, Shaker & Spoon posts instructional videos on their website to assist subscribers with the mixing of their cocktails. I think this is a great supplemental tool, and it really does help to de-mystify some of the techniques they use. If you’d like to check out the videos, they’re all available here.
Verdict: I really enjoy trying new experimental cocktails and mixing up drinks at home, so I always have a lot of fun with Shaker & Spoon. I don’t have a lot of experience making tequila cocktails (apart from Margaritas!), so I had a lot of fun mixing and sampling this month’s drinks. Tequila isn’t one of my favorite spirits, but I ended up loving the cocktails this month! I’m definitely going to keep these recipes on hand, and I might pull them out again on my next taco night! In terms of value, the actual cost of the ingredients is likely less than the cost of the box, but I’m blown away by the creativity that goes into the curation. I love the original recipes and unusual ingredients!
What do you think of Shaker & Spoon? Do you love trying new cocktails?