Wash You Talkin’ About?

Several years ago, when I was first developing my appreciation for swanky bars masquerading as modern-day speakeasies, I went to one in Manhattan’s East Village. I wanted to order something for myself that I hadn’t had before, and that I thought would be difficult to acquire or otherwise make on my own. I didn’t know…

Pisco Away

. . . actually, on second thought, don’t. Stay right here, because there’s something you may not know: pisco, the featured spirit in Shaker & Spoon’s July box, is actually a type of brandy! But don’t be too surprised: any distillate of fruit juice is technically a brandy. While Cognac and other after-dinner drinks you…

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…

Fizz That Right?

I’m no fan of a watered-down cocktail, but sometimes a little carbonated H2O is the secret ingredient for perfecting your drink. It acts as a diluent, making some drinks easier to swallow. There are lots of carbonated waters out there, so how do you know which kinda fizz is the shizz (sorry, I couldn’t resist)…

Gettin’ Ginny Wit it

So the other day I was helping a food stylist friend of mine check items for an upcoming shoot off her shopping list, and we came to Old Tom gin. I initially assumed this was just a brand of gin I hadn’t heard of before, but as I scanned the shelves looking for it, I…

Glasses Menagerie

Not to be a major pain in the glass, but it turns out that the vessel from which you sip a tipple can influence your drinking experience. There’s myriad glassware out there for boozy beverages, so how do you know which particular option may be best suited for any given drink? Glassware comes in a…

Orgeat on My Mind

Need more almond joy in your life? Look no further than a bottle of orgeat, a syrup made from almonds, sugar, and either rose or orange flower water, that—hey!—is also an ingredient in one of next month’s Campari Hard cocktails. “Or-what?,” you may be asking. That’s “ohr-zhat,” with a second syllable that sounds like “Jacques,”…

Let Me Eggsplain

Spoiler alert: one of next month’s cocktail recipes in Shaker & Spoon’s Campari Hard Box calls for an ingredient that some may consider unusual—a raw egg white. How eggs-actly should you feel about this? Are your thoughts on the issue scrambled? I mean, personal health is no yolk, but is there really a huge whisk…

Eh, Campari!

True story: up until last week, I didn’t think I liked Campari. Then I got a sneak preview of the cocktails in the Campari Hard Box and realized I know even less about myself than I thought I did (shout-out to my fellow twenty-somethings?). My initial dismissal of Campari tied into my basic understanding that…

Bitters—Believe it

Ever get a stomachache and drink a combo of club soda and bitters to help with the nausea? If you have, you know it’s an effective strategy; if you haven’t, give it a try next time! Bitter flavors stimulate optimal digestion, so they’re great not only after, but also before, a meal. No need to…

Cachaça Got Your Tongue

With the Rio Olympics less than a month away, what better way to honor Brazil than by sipping on a cocktail featuring its most popular spirit? I’m talking (er, writing), of course, about cachaça, a cousin to rum and a key ingredient in a caipirinha . . . and a handful of other libations that’ll…

Whiskey Business

Confession time: before I began prepping this post, I couldn’t have told you what makes Scotch Scotch. I mean, I knew it was a kind of whiskey, but that was about it. I didn’t even know exactly what whiskey was, either. But in the spirit of, well, spirits, I’m taking a cue from Shaker &…