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Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review – October 2015

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Box

Bitters + Bottles is a monthly subscription box that helps you build your home bar and learn how to use it.

Every month, they send full-sized spirits, mixers, and recipes to help you create classic cocktails at home. Each box builds on previous shipments, adding new bottles to your bar and new recipes to your collection.

Unlike many ongoing subscriptions, Bitters + Bottles consists of 12 shipments. So after a year of subscribing, you’ll have a fully stocked bar and an arsenal of classic cocktail recipes. If you sign up for a subscription, you will begin with Box 1. This is a review of Box 6.

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Inside

At the start of the subscription, Bitters + Bottles provides the option to add a set of bar tools for $55. To see what’s included in this set check out my first Bitters + Bottles review.

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Packing

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Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Contents

The Subscription: Bitters + Bottles

The Cost: $85 per month (shipping is free).

The Products: 3-6 bottled ingredients plus the recipes to create classic cocktails at home.

Ships to: The following US states: CA, CO, DC, ID, IL, MO, NJ, NM, NY, and WA.

Looking for other boozy boxes? Check out the Drink Subscription Box Directory!

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Envelope

Bitters + Bottles includes a personalized kraft envelope- a nice touch, I think! Inside, I received a note about this month’s shipment and a new collection of recipes.

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Note

This shipment’s theme is “Stirred, Not Shaken.” (Sorry, James Bond.) It spotlights perhaps the most famous cocktail of all time- the Martini!

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Vodka

Boyd and Blair Vodka (750 ml)- $32.50

First up in this month’s shipment is a potato-based vodka from Boyd and Blair, a small producer based in Pennsylvania. It has a fruity aroma and a clean finish, which makes it a good base for a number of different cocktails. I like that the bottle is hand labeled; I think that’s a nice touch.

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Gin

Beefeater Gin (750 ml)- $18.99 (on sale for $14.99)

Beefeater Gin is a classic spirit and something I remember seeing in my parents’ liquor cabinet when I was a kid. It’s made in England and has strong assertive flavors.

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Vermouth

Vya Vermouth (375 ml)- $13.99

This is the third bottle of vermouth I’ve received since beginning my subscription with Bitters + Bottles. Vermouth isn’t something I used to keep on hand, and I’ve learned so much about the different kinds of vermouth and their varied applications. This dry vermouth from Vya is light in color and perfect for use in martinis.

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Ginger

Fever Tree Ginger Beer (6.8 oz.)- $2

I’m a big fan of ginger beer, and I really like Fever Tree’s version- it has a nice spicy ginger flavor. My only complaint is that I wish Bitters + Bottles had included more than one bottle!

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Recipes

Bitters + Bottles includes five classic cocktail recipes with each shipment. This month’s recipes are: Martini, Moscow Mule, Chrysanthemum, Algonquin, and Bronx.

I decided to make a Martini and a Moscow Mule.


Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - MartiniRecipe

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Martini

I love olives, and dirty Martinis have always been one of my favorite cocktails. (It’s like a snack and a drink in one!) There are a number of different variations, though, when it comes to Martinis. They can be made with either gin or vodka and garnished with citrus or olives. An Upside Down reverses the proportions (so more vermouth than vodka or gin), a Gibson is garnished with a cocktail onion, and a Fifty Fifty is half spirit and half vermouth.

For this drink, I made a classic vodka martini with an olive garnish. Bitters + Bottles puts it best, I think, when they describe the classic drink as “crisp and businesslike.” (Though I’m not sure I could do much business after drinking one!)

Moscow Mule

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - MuleRecipe

Bitters + Bottles Subscription Box Review October 2015 - Mule

A couple of months ago, I ordered the “Copper” box from Bespoke Post, which contained copper mugs- the vessel of choice for Moscow Mules! (You can see Liz’s review of the box here.) I’m a little obsessed with them, so making a Moscow Mule was a no brainer.

A Moscow Mule is made by combining vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. It’s one of my favorite cocktails- I love the refreshing addition of lime juice and the bite from the ginger beer.

The Verdict: This is my sixth box from Bitters + Bottles, which means I’m exactly halfway though the subscription. (Bitters + Bottles consists of 12 boxes, shipped sequentially.) My home bar has been transformed, and I love that I’m learning how to make classic cocktails at home. I really like Martinis and vodka-based cocktails, so this box was a big hit for me. The value comes in at approximately $65, which is within the range I’ve come to expect. Ideally, I’d like to see the ingredients meet the cost of the box, but the curation of this box is great and adds value for me. Also, I think it’s important to point out that this box must be pretty expensive to ship. I’ve been really happy with this subscription, and I love that it’s providing me with both an impressive home bar and a bartending education!

What do you think about the cocktails featured in this box from Bitters + Bottles? Are you a fan of Martinis?

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Written by Lindsey Morse

Lindsey Morse

Lindsey is a professional baker, cold brew coffee addict, and rosé aficionado who loves writing about food and wine. When she’s not sharing her love of subscription boxes with the world, you’ll find her in the podcasting studio, perfecting her cake decorating techniques, or cursing her way through the New York Times daily crossword puzzle.

Posted in Bitters and Bottles Reviews, Subscription Box Reviews| Tags: bitters and bottles | 6 comments

Comments (6)

  1. Great review and interesting box concept! Just a heads up though, I have the Beefeater gin at home which I got for $10 at my local liquor store (not on sale). So that might be a bit of a rip. Like everything else though. 🙂

  2. The website says shipping is $23, not free, unfortunately. Maybe it’s free for you as a blogger?

    • Thanks for the heads up, Callie. Bitters + Bottles recently changed their pricing structure, so it could be that they started charging for shipping at the same time (though, I don’t think I’ve been charged for shipping). I’ll contact them to see what’s going on and report back.

  3. Gah! I keep forgetting to subscribe to this box! I must have it!! Sadly, we are not allowed to receive alcohol in the mail in my little backwards state, so we need to ship it to my mother in law. I just keep forgetting to get her new address… Love the review!

  4. Lindsey, this is another of those boxes which are not my type, but I love reading and learning about the products with your review, which is always so informative and thoughtful!

  5. I appreciate the curation that they put into each box. It’s pretty cool that it’s like an intro to bartending 🙂 You’ve also done a great job reviewing so keep it up ?

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