Nate’s Tiki Syrup Recipes

Nathan Dalton says that “one defining characteristic of a tiki drink is that it’s complicated to make. It’s not true in every case, but if you work a tiki bar, you get used to having to grab seven, eight, or nine bottles to make a single drink.” And his cocktail for July’s Pisco Fever Box,…

Behind the Last Guinea Pig in Cuzco

We sat down with Nathan Dalton of Piscobar in the Catahoula Hotel in New Orleans to chat about his work, the history of pisco, and his cocktail for July’s Pisco Fever Box, the Last Guinea Pig in Cuzco! S&S: What’s your specialty? ND: I guess I would have to say pisco is my specialty. I recently opened a bar/café…

Pisco Fever

Hot summer nights call for the spirit of the Incan gods: pisco, one of the purest spirits known to man. The only thing that enters the bottle is the grapes—and nothing else can be added, not even water. The result is the remarkably delicious and shockingly versatile unaged Peruvian brandy that’s sure to be the…

Behind the Tokyo Love Story

We sat down with SeongHa Lee, lead bartender at Las Vegas’s Zuma at The Cosmopolitan, to chat about his work and his cocktail for June’s Sake It To Me Box, the Tokyo Love Story! Photo c/o Krystal Ramirez. S&S: You’ve tended bar all around the world—what’s been your favorite scene so far? SHL: I can say my favorite…

Vodka Cocktails in the Wild

Spring has sprung (mostly), and it shows in the fun photos of your vodka cocktails! Here’s the roundup of images from our community of subscribers toasting the season with their cocktails from April’s box, Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! Use #shakerandspoon to be considered for a feature. Cheers! Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! via @omichellemybell Shrub-a-Dub-Dubs via @lbeaslie Ralston’s Black Peppered Old…

Sake It To Me!

In recent years, sake has crossed the Pacific and graced our cocktails with its presence here in the US. The shapeshifting fermented rice liquor is quickly becoming popular among bartenders due to its intense umami-ness (the fifth taste), complex flavor profile, and increasing availability and variety, though many people still haven’t discovered sake libations. That’s…

2017 Survey Results

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who took our 2017 subscriber survey! It’s an immense help for us to hear from you, and hopefully it’ll help you down the line too 🙂 Ready to see some results? Then strap yourselves in for some serious graph action! Let’s start with the fun stuff. This is where…

A Cocktail Tribute to Prince

We sat down with Russell Davis on the anniversary of Prince’s untimely passing to get the story behind A Whiter Shade of Purple, Russell’s cocktail tribute to Prince. The recipe appears below! S&S: What was the inspiration behind this cocktail? RD: Well, everybody loves Prince, you know, so that’s just kind of a given. And, quite…

Irish Whiskey Cocktails in the Wild

You guys did a gorgeous job garnishing your Irish whiskey cocktails! We saw a lot of photos of the Tea & Honey in particular, and the sage and bitters were looking great. Glad to see that you enjoyed those tiny little clothespin clips as much as we did! For your viewing pleasure, here’s the roundup of images…

Agave Blanco

This month, we’re re-releasing one of our earliest boxes, created by the Shaker & Spoon team—with a small added bonus!—so that anyone who missed it the first time (over a year ago) can give it a try, right around Cinco de Mayo! The town of Tequila, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico—where the spirit we…

Fake It . . . So You Can Make It!

Okay, so you’re about to have friends over and impress ’em with some cocktails, but 5 minutes before they’re scheduled to show, you realize that you’re as much of a procrastinator as this here author and you forgot to make sure you had all the tools you actually needed to get the job done. As…

Bubbly Cocktails in the Wild

Looks like you guys had some fun and romantic times with our bubbly cocktails! Chef Pusheen and Mersheen (below) were just too cute. For your viewing pleasure, here’s the roundup of images from our community of subscribers toasting with their drinks from the Afterparty Box. Use #shakerandspoon to be considered for a feature. Cheers! Valentine’s Chinese New Years via @tcsullivan Original Sin via @loridear…