Crafted Taste Subscription Box Review – May 2016
Crafted Taste sends everything you need to make craft cocktails from some of the world’s top bartenders.
“Every kit contains all the ingredients needed to create the [month’s] featured cocktail at home, along with a recipe card, instructions, additional cocktail ideas, and recommended food pairings.”
This is my first shipment from Crafted Taste, and I’m so impressed with their packaging!
My Subscription Addiction paid for this box. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
The Subscription Box: Crafted Taste
The Cost: Crafted Taste offers three different subscriptions:
Mixers Only- $65 per month
Monthly- $130 per month
Premium- $200 per month (Note that the premium subscription contains upgraded spirits or additional bottles for your home bar.)
The Products: Ingredients, recipes, and instructions to help you make bartender-designed, craft cocktails at home.
Ships to: The Mixers Only subscription ships to all US states. The Monthly and Premium subscriptions ship to all US states EXCEPT: AK, AL, AR, DE, HI, KY, MA, MS, ND, NE, NH, OK, PA, RI, SD, UT. Free shipping.
Find other boozy boxes in the Drinks Subscription Box Directory and make sure to add Crafted Taste to your subscription list or wishlist!
Crafted Taste ships mixers and spirits separately.
I received the alcohol for this month’s cocktail directly from MashBox Club (the mixers arrived directly from Crafted Taste a few days later).
Accompanying the shipment of mixers was a plastic packet that included a brochure, recipes, and cocktail napkins.
The brochure provided some background information about this month’s cocktail.
It also included a list of this month’s products and some general bartending tips.
The cocktail recipe this month is The Citrus Blossom Sour. I also received a card with other recipes that incorporate rye.
Linen Hemstitched Cocktail Napkins (2 napkins)- $2.17
As a small extra this month, Crafted Taste included two hemstitched linen cocktails napkins “because you’re fancy.” You know me so well, Crafted Taste- ha!
Bittercube Orange Bitters (1 oz.)- $10
These bitters are made with double macerated orange peels “to make the orange flavor pop”! Bittercube recommends using their orange bitters in Gimlets, Old Fashioneds, Mojitos, Beer, and Highballs.
Sonoma Syrup Company No. 32 Five Citrus Sweet & Sour (375 ml.)- $8.99
Five different citrus fruits come together to made this sweet & sour syrup: Meyer lemon, Eureka lemon, Key lime, Persian lime, and Cara Cara orange juice. This syrup can be mixed with tequila, cointreau, and lime to make margaritas!
American Spoon Red Haven Peach Preserves (9.5 oz.)- $9.95
The peaches for American Spoon’s Preserves are grown along the shores of Lake Michigan, and they’re hand peeled and pitted. America’s Test Kitchen recommends American Spoon’s Peach Preserves for its “bold, ripe peach taste and balanced sweetness.”
This is an edible fragrance that can be used to add sensory depth to cocktails. My husband and I have been calling it “cocktail cologne.” I’ve never even heard to edible fragrances before, but I think it’s such a cool idea. This one, to me, smells like a blend of citrus oils. It smells great.
High West Whisky Double Rye (750 ml.)- $40
High West Whisky is made in Park City, Utah. This Double Rye is “a blend of 2-year-old rye whiskey made from 95% rye and 5% malted barley, with a 16-year-old containing 53% rye, 37% corn and 10% malted barley.” The flavor is peppery and spicy.
Citrus Blossom Sour
This month’s featured cocktail is the Citrus Blossom Sour. It’s a variation on the Marmalade Sour and was created by Todd Smith for the Bourbon & Branch Speakeasy in San Francisco, CA.
My family was in town visiting when I decided to make Citrus Blossom Sours, and we had a lot of fun mixing them together! Crafted Taste sent everything we needed for the recipe except for fresh lemons and egg whites. (I’ve never made a drink at home with egg whites before, but I like how it added a creaminess to the cocktail.)
The finished drink was well-balanced and really delicious. It was a little sweet and very citrusy. Everyone was a fan, and we all got a kick out of spritzing our drinks with “cocktail cologne.”
Verdict: I really enjoyed my first box from Crafted Taste! The featured cocktail was delicious, and I appreciate that all of the ingredients I was sent are interesting gourmet items. In particular, I love that this box introduced me to an entire new category of product- edible fragrances! For me, the curation of this box was absolutely spot on, the packaging was fantastic, and (even though it’s a little thing) I love that Crafted Taste included a couple of linen cocktail napkins. They really did help enhance our cocktail-making experience. The retail price of the items I was sent totals almost $90. That falls short of the subscription cost, but I do think it’s important to mention that shipping for this subscription is included and can’t be cheap. (I was sent two rather heavy boxes!) While this certainly isn’t a high-value subscription, I think it’s a delightful indulgence, and I can certainly see the appeal for cocktail lovers.
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