Eh, Campari!

True story: up until last week, I didn’t think I liked Campari. My initial dismissal tied into my basic understanding that it was bitter, and the belief that I’m not so into bitter flavor profiles for my cocktails. But while Campari is bitter, it’s also pretty complex. And when balanced with the right accompanying ingredients,…

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 Brazil in the news, what better way to keep up on current events than by sipping on a cocktail featuring its most popular spirit? I’m talking, of course, about cachaça, a cousin to rum and a key ingredient in a caipirinha . . . and a handful of other libations that’ll be released with…

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 &…

Champs and Pop Stars

You may recall a recent post about the history behind the toasting tradition, where I said I’d eventually get around to explaining why we typically toast with bubbles. I’m a woman of my word, so feel free to raise your glass in my honor as you keep reading.   The basic background is actually quite…

A Toast By Any Other Name

Any time delicious drinks and good company intersect is an occasion worth celebrating in my book—but June’s Celebrate with Bubbles Box provides even more opportunities to clink glasses by nature of the tipple it trumpets. The more I thought about it, though, the more I wondered why that is—where’d this whole idea of toasting come…

Shrub Me the Right Way

The Shrub-a-Dub-Dub cocktail (created by Kate Gerwin) is damn delicious . . . and I’m pretty sure the strawberry-rhubarb shrub has a lot do with it. Unsure what I’m talking about when I say shrub? Think Shaker & Spoon got a little Willy Wonka on some bushes? Maybe I should clarify: the cocktail pros at Shaker & Spoon didn’t invent a hybrid strawberry-rhubarb…

The Rum Down

If you’re anything like I am, a rum-based cocktail conjures up images of tropical escapes and maybe a little bit of swashbuckling. This makes sense: rum originated in the Caribbean. But it wasn’t always about mai tais and mojitos—rum’s origin story has darker associations, as it was first distilled on sugarcane plantations in the seventeenth…