Shaker & Spoon Subscription Box Review + Coupon – July 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 type of alcohol 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. Davis now oversees Shaker & Spoon’s curation, and seeks out recipes from talented bartenders around the world to feature in every box.
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.
Each Shaker & Spoon box is created to showcase a different type of liquor. This is the “Summer Scotch” box, and it features summer-appropriate Scotch cocktails.
For each box, Shaker & Spoon provides spirit recommendations. For this box, the suggestions are: Auchentoshan Three Wood, Great King Street Glasgow Blend, Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition, and The Famous Grouse. I decided to use the bottle of Glenmorangie that I recently received from Robb Vices!
Cocktail #1- Smoked Peach
Ingredients: Scotch, lemon juice, peach-cinnamon syrup, Peychaud’s bitters, and thyme
My husband and I are big fans of Scotch, but I tend to think of Scotch as a winter or fall spirit. (Something about the rich, smoky flavor makes me think of it as the perfect spirit for drinking in front of a crackling fire.) This box showcases the lighter side of Scotch by using it in fruity cocktails that are appropriate for summer. I really like this month’s theme; I think it’s surprising and creative!
The first recipe in this box, the Smoked Peach, pairs Scotch with the flavors of peach and cinnamon. It’s a match made in heaven! I loved the sweetness of the peach with the tartness of the lemon juice. The thyme garnish didn’t really affect the flavor, but I liked the aromatic element it added— I could smell it every time a took a sip.
Cocktail #2- Night Fighter
Ingredients: Scotch, lemon juice, grapefruit juice, burnt orange syrup, grapefruit saline solution, and orange zest
This citrusy cocktail was really fantastic. It was my husband’s favorite cocktail this month, and we both thought the citrusy flavors paired beautifully with the smokey caramel flavors in the Glenmorangie.
Cocktail #3- A Worn Path
Ingredients: Scotch, strawberry cordial, and IPA tincture
This was definitely the most potent drink of the bunch, and it was certainly the one that let the flavors of the Scotch remain at the forefront. The strawberry cordial was a nice complement, and I think I might make this again and add a splash of sparkling water to give it a little refreshing effervescence.
Verdict: Before this box, I wouldn’t have thought to incorporate Scotch into a summery cocktail, but this month’s cocktails are certainly proof that Scotch isn’t just a cold weather spirit. It’s a bit of a risk to release a Scotch box in the middle of summer, but I think Shaker & Spoon absolutely nailed the curation. Standout cocktails for me are definitely the Smoked Peach and Night Fighter— both were outstanding. I’ve been a little disappointed with the last couple of boxes from Shaker & Spoon, so I’m really pleased that this one wowed me. At $55 per month, I think Shaker & Spoon needs to really dazzle, and I’m pleased to say that this one definitely did. The theme for next month’s box is “Cachaça-ing the Dream,” and all of the cocktails will be built around cachaça. I’ve never really known what to make with cachaça (aside from caipirinhas), so I’m excited to see what Shaker & Spoon will have in store!
Do you subscribe to Shaker & Spoon? What did you think of this month’s cocktails?