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Shaker & Spoon Subscription Box Review + Coupon – May 2016

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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.

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 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.)

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Ingredients: vodka, black pepper-honey syrup, Angostura bitters, and lemon zest

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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

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Ingredients: vodka, cherry preserves, elderflower syrup, Meyer lemon juice, and sage leaves

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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

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Ingredients: vodka, strawberry-rhubarb shrub, basil syrup, sparkling water, and a strawberry slice

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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?

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.

8 Comments

  1. I’ve been a subscriber for a few months now but I’ll be cancelling once they raise my price (I’m grandfathered for a few months). Reason- you can’t buy the special syrups anywhere!!!! Some of these drinks are fabulous and I’d love to re-create them once the ingredients sent to me have been used up. I have a bunch of glass bottles that I’d love to refill with the syrups if I could even find the recipe anywhere….. I can buy lemons, sage leaves, sugar syrups, bitters, etc but elderflower syrup? Honey-peppered syrup? I can’t justify a $55 price point for something I’ll be able to use 2 or 3 times.

    • If it helps at all, I’ve seen elderflower syrup at World Market and it’s also available on Amazon.

      • Yes, thank you!!

    • Hi there! We just wanted to let you know that while you can’t find our secret recipes anywhere to recreate on your own, we are planning to start selling our syrups individually soon—hopefully fall 2016. We are working to make them available as soon as possible—we would love for our customers to recreate their favorite cocktails once box ingredients run out! The elderflower syrup from Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! is not a custom recipe—it’s Monin syrup. Hope that helps!

  2. As somebody who is a big fan of craft cocktails, I can see the value in this box. Some of those syrups or ingredients are not readily available or ones can be easily replicated at home, the curation is thoughtful, and I’m supporting the creators of these drinks. When I think about it in those terms, it makes sense to me. I’m paying for somebody’s idea, supplies, and easy access to items.

  3. Maybe I am not into alcoholic beverages to sufficiently appreciate this box, but this definitely does not look like $55 worth of goods to me.

    Is it me?

    • No I was sincerely thinking the same thing. I feel like you can get comparable ingredients for a fraction of the cost. I was sincerely looking for the value breakdown. I respect the reviewer and her saying that it breaks down to $4.58 per cocktail, not counting the alcohol… is that per glass? Because if so, that is a very costly at home cocktail and if you average in the alcohol, you might as well just go for a drink. I would have liked to see a price break down of the items like the preserves and syrups.

      TBH, I would like to see just a subscription of recipes… like in card form that explained how to source the ingredients, etc… versus throwing relatively inexpensive ingredients and charging so much.

    • I think it really comes down to how much you value your time and this is going to vary for people. It’s the same with meal prep boxes. If you can stay an extra hour at work or spend an extra hour with your kids or work on a project around the house in the hour you’d ordinarily spend at a grocery store AND get the recipes and the ingredients you need to host a cocktail party or share a drink with your spouse, it might be more than worth it. Also to go out for this type of drink will set you back about $10-12 where I live, plus tip. So even if you factor in another $2 for alcohol you’re still saving money.

      If you don’t have a disposable income, or like coming up with new recipes to try or enjoy grocery shopping and have the time, the value is much less.

      I can’t see getting this every month, but maybe for a month where there are holidays or parties or you’re off work for vacation, it’d be fun.

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