Behind the Red Devil 2.0

We sat down with Jules Mavromatis to get the story behind her cocktail for October’s ¡Viva Mezcal! Box, the Red Devil 2.0! S&S: How have your time in the fields and highlands of Jesús María—seeing the whole mezcal production process from start to finish—and your further travels in Oaxaca influenced your work? JM: Now when I’m pouring mezcal or…

¡Viva Mezcal!

For the longest time, tequila was the most well-known and ubiquitous agave-based spirit in the US. But these days, craft cocktail menus proudly announce mezcal offerings and mezcal-devoted bars increasingly dot urban landscapes. So we thought, if you haven’t tried mezcal yet, it’s time to see what all the hype is about—while you can! Unfortunately,…

Meet the Trouble Makers Behind Critter Bitters

We chatted with Julia Plevin and Lucy Knops, co-founders of Critter Bitters. They say that though cocktails won’t save the world, eating bugs might. S&S: We’re so excited to include your product in our ¡Viva Mezcal! Box! Our first question for you has to be: what inspired you to create bitters infused with toasted crickets, and how does…

Behind the Guatemalan Poker Game

We sat down with Russell Davis to get the story behind his cocktail for October’s ¡Viva Mezcal! Box, the Guatemalan Poker Game! S&S: Russell, what would you say makes this drink unique? RD: I wanted to create a cocktail that would present mezcal in an “easy to swallow” (pun intended) way, with flavors that are complementary. A…

Cachaça Cocktails in the Wild

Happy Labor Day! We hope that everyone has had a relaxing long weekend free of work and full of cocktails! In case you’re hankering for a few more, today we’ve got the monthly roundup of images from our community of subscribers enjoying their August cocktails from the Cachaça-ing the Dream Box. Use #shakerandspoon to be considered for a feature! The…