Shaker & Spoon Subscription Box Review + Coupon – Feb 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 also 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.)
This box was absolutely full of ingredients! Here’s a pic from the Shaker & Spoon site showing all of the different goodies:
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 (other than 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 “Gin Lovers Box.”
Because the boxes contain perishable produce, Shaker & Spoon sends their boxes via USPS 2-day priority. Unfortunately, my box was held up for a full week due to the blizzard that hit the east coast a couple of weeks ago. When it finally arrived, the produce had not fared well. I reached out to Shaker & Spoon to let them know, and they sent replacement produce right away (and assured me that they wouldn’t hesitate to do the same for their regular subscribers).
Cocktail #1- Gin Flower
Ingredients: gin, flower syrup, Angostura bitters, grapefruit bitters, flower petal
Shaker & Spoon kicks off this box with a take on the first cocktail ever recored- the Old Fashioned! Historically, the Old Fashioned is “a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.” Their take on this classic concoction includes a homemade flower syrup (made with rose, chamomile, and hibiscus), Angostura and grapefruit bitters, and a rose petal garnish.
I love floral flavors, so this cocktail is right up my alley! It’s definitely one for sipping, though. (It’s potent!) The flower petal is a lovely garnish, and I think this would be a perfect Valentine’s Day cocktail!
Cocktail #2- Juliet & Romeo
Ingredients: cucumber slices, simple syrup, coarse salt, gin, lime juice, rose water, spearmint extract
Out of the three cocktails featured in this month’s box, my husband and I agree that this is our favorite. The combination of cucumber, mint, rosewater, and salt is refreshing, complex, and so delicious. Shaker & Spoon describes it as “at once completely modern and a total throwback.” I love (and agree with) that description!
Cocktail #3- Goji Southside
Ingredients: goji-ginger syrup, lemon, gin, spearmint extract, sparkling lemon water, goji berries
The Southside is a classic cocktail made with muddled mint, lemon juice, and sparkling water. Shaker & Spoon updates it with the addition of ginger and goji berry, and I really love the flavors together! As per their recommendation, I added sparkling water to the drink bit-by-bit until it was just to my taste.
Like last month, I really enjoyed the instructional videos Shaker & Spoon posts on their website to assist subscribers with the mixing of their cocktails. I think this is such a helpful idea, 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. Gin is one of my favorite spirits, so this box was a major win for me. All three of this month’s cocktails were fantastic, and I especially loved the Juliet & Romeo.This is my third box from Shaker & Spoon, and I’m having a lot of fun with the subscription so far. I love that their boxes are always packed with great original recipes and truly unique ingredients. Value-wise, I think it’s important to point out that this box is all about curation. The actual cost of the ingredients is likely less than the cost of the box, but the creative recipes and inventive syrup flavors help turn this box into something really special.
What do you think of Shaker & Spoon? Are you a fan of experimental cocktails?