Shaker & Spoon Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 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.
Because the boxes contain perishable produce, Shaker & Spoon sends their boxes via USPS 2-day priority.
This box was sent to us 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: $50 per month + $5 shipping (Discounts are available with longer subscription commitments.)
COUPON: Save 15% off your first box with coupon code MSA15 (1 & 3-month subscriptions)
The Products: All of the ingredients (except the alcohol) to make 12 cocktails from 3 different recipes.
Ships to: US
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Back in April, Shaker & Spoon announced that they would be teaming up with Bar Rescue’s Russell Davis. From now on, Davis will be overseeing the curation of each Shaker & Spoon box, and each box will feature recipes from talented bartenders around the world. They sent an email to subscribers outlining these changes, and also announced a price increase. Shaker & Spoon now costs $50 per month + $5 shipping, with discounts available for longer subscription commitments; however, current subscribers will be allowed to keep the original, lower rate for the next 6 months.
This month’s drinks were created by Kate Gerwin, Danny Ronen, and Russel Davis himself. Interestingly, one of the reasons for the price increase is that Shaker & Spoon is balking industry standards and providing compensation for the bartenders who contribute their recipes. I think it’s nice to know that they’re being compensated for their creations.
Each Shaker & Spoon box is created to showcase a different type of liquor. This is the “Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My!” box, and it features cocktails made with vodka.
Cocktail #1- Ralston’s Black Peppered Old Fashioned
Ingredients: vodka, black pepper-honey syrup, Angostura bitters, and lemon zest
This drink was really interesting! The black pepper-honey syrup was both sweet and piquant, and provided the drink with a really interesting complexity.
Cocktail #2- Under Sage Drinking
Ingredients: vodka, cherry preserves, elderflower syrup, Meyer lemon juice, and sage leaves
I love cocktails with strong herbal notes, so I was really excited to try this. Of the three cocktail recipes provided this month, Under Sage Drinking was by far the sweetest. I usually prefer drier and more aromatic cocktails, but there’s no denying this is a yummy drink. For me, this cocktail would be perfect for brunch.
Cocktail #3- Shrub A-Dub-Dub
Ingredients: vodka, strawberry-rhubarb shrub, basil syrup, sparkling water, and a strawberry slice
Shrubs are vinegar-based syrups that were extremely popular in seventeenth and eighteenth century England. I’m a big fan of shrubs- I love their tangy, sweet flavor! This drink was the definite winner for me this month. It was refreshing and delicious!
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: While it’s never welcome news to hear that a subscription is raising its prices, I’m pleased to see that Shaker & Spoon’s price increase is accompanying a bump in their curation game. I think it’s great that they’ve teamed up with Russell Davis, and I love that boxes will now feature recipes from world renowned mixologists. I think this month’s recipes are the best I’ve ever received from Shaker & Spoon, so I’m thrilled with the changes so far. I’m a little disappointed to see that the printed materials are still the same, though. Since recipes are now provided by prominent bartenders, I would love to see a “bartender bio” featured on each recipe card. I was able to find out information about this month’s bartenders by visiting the Shaker & Spoon blog, but I think it would be great to include that information in the actual box. In regard to value, when I break it down by drink this box now costs $4.58 per cocktail (plus the cost of alcohol, of course). For me, that’s reasonable, especially considering the handcrafted ingredients and creativity that goes into the curation. I really enjoy trying new experimental cocktails and mixing up drinks at home, so I always have a lot of fun with Shaker & Spoon. This month’s drinks were all excellent, and I LOVED the Shrub A-Dub-Dub. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for next month!
What do you think of Shaker & Spoon? Do you love trying new cocktails?