In the two (?) Years of the lockdown so far, I’ve fallen more and more in love with meal package subscriptions. I’ve tried everything from Blue Apron to Hello Fresh, and they all do such a valuable job: Choosing recipes and getting the ingredients save me a little more time in planning and can indulge my love of cooking and eating. When I got the chance to try Shaker and Spoon, the cocktail equivalent of the meal sets above, I took the chance! I’ve always wanted to go beyond the standard cocktail recipes, and Shaker and Spoon seemed like the perfect product to give in to that urge.
Shaker and spoon did not disappoint! Your Rum’s The Word Box ($ 50 per month) arrived in good condition, with environmentally friendly crinkle paper packaging that kept everything secure with no plastic used. Upon opening it, I was excited to find a wide variety of specialty ingredients and side dishes to make three different drinks (and several rounds of each!). It’s worth noting that I had to pick up the liquor myself (rum in this case, but it varies depending on the box theme) as it is not included with the box. At first I was a little disappointed to find out it wasn’t included, but in the end I found that it was a feature, not a bug, as you can choose your preferred spirit (or even a few others) .
About the cocktails – all three recipes were creative and original, with an interesting and completely different taste. They ranged from the simpler and more traditional “Hemingway en Nica” to the more complex and experimental “Sea Fog”. My favorite was the “Hemingway en Nica”, a variant of my absolute favorite drink, the Hemingway Daiquiri. Closely followed by “Don’t Tell Richard”, a coffee-based cocktail full of flavor and pop. Somehow I found it great that the drinks, despite the rum-themed box, all had a winter theme and matched the mood of the season.
In terms of difficulty, I would recommend this box for the intermediate cocktail enthusiast as you need a decent selection of bar tools and a basic understanding of terminology and techniques. (They provide a handy guide with the recipes, but some googling may be required for an inexperienced bartender). It’s perfect for the somewhat seasoned cocktail maker who wants to branch out without having to buy large servings of specialty ingredients.
All in all, Shaker and Spoon is a great foray into advanced and adventurous cocktail making and I am very tempted to keep my subscription going! I look forward to trying other types of alcohol and seasonal beverages in the summer to improve my skills even further.
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