Behind the Cherchez La Femme

We sat down with Kellie Thorn of Empire State South in Atlanta to chat about her work, brandy, and her drink for January’s Brandy, She’s So Fine Box, the Cherchez La Femme! S&S: How did your journey lead to Empire State South? KT: I was the lead bartender at TAP, a beer-focused bar, in 2010….

Behind the Distilling of Hangar 1 Vodka

We sat down with Caley Shoemaker, head distiller at Hangar 1 Vodka (one of the recommended pairings for our Pleased as Punch Box), to chat about her journey, flavored vodka’s reputation vs. reality, and Hangar 1’s distillation process. S&S: How did your journey lead to becoming head distiller at Hangar 1? CS: I got my…

Behind the Mediterranean Sunset

We sat down with Robert Sickler to chat about his work, his travels, some very unique cocktail recipes, and his drink for December’s Pleased as Punch Box, the Mediterranean Sunset! S&S: Your Mediterranean Sunset punch draws from geography and a sense of environment for inspiration. Is that a common way for you to conceive of…

Strawberry Napa Fizz

Here’s another cocktail recipe from Vivian making use of her leftover Shaker & Spoon syrups. You can also find more drinks photography from Vivian on Instagram at @thetipsymuse. Strawberry Napa Fizz Loch & Union Distilling is unusual because it is from Napa, California, hardly THE place famous for gin. I was recently invited to their gin tasting,…

Behind the Tipo Chichero

We sat down with Andres Chopite-Parra to chat about his work, Venezuela, rum, and his drink for November’s Rums of Origin Box, the Tipo Chichero! S&S: How important is rum to Venezuelan history and culture? ACP: It’s imbedded in our culture. It’s part of who we are. I’ve always said there are three things that Venezuela didn’t…

Chartreuse Swizzle

Here’s another cocktail recipe from Vivian making use of her leftover Shaker & Spoon syrups. You can also find more drinks photography from Vivian on Instagram at @thetipsymuse. Chartreuse Swizzle I finally have my own swizzle stick and have made my first swizzle with it! The swizzle is a tiki-style drink stirred with a swizzle stick (which…

Refuerza La Vida

This coming month we Celebrate Mezcal, but the world wouldn’t know of this delightful and delicious spirit were it not for the people of central and southwestern Mexico. In 2017 an earthquake hit the region, causing much devastation in the Mexican states of Puebla and Morelos and extending into the greater Mexico City area and…

Behind the Señor Rojo

We sat down with Sam Jimenez to chat about his work, Mexico, mezcal, and his drink for September’s Celebrate Mezcal Box, the Señor Rojo! S&S: In what ways does the Señor Rojo represent the flavors of Oaxaca? SJ: Señor Rojo is a cocktail that assimilates boldness, spices, citrus, smokiness, and flavor. To me that’s part of…

A Passage to Chandrapore

To celebrate National Tequila Day, here’s another cocktail recipe from Vivian making use of her leftover Shaker & Spoon syrups. You can also find more drinks photography from Vivian on Instagram at @thetipsymuse. A Passage to Chandrapore Chandrapore is a fictional city in the novel A Passage to India, referring to Indian spices cumin, turmeric, cardamom used…

Behind the Banana Banjo

We sat down with Jen Akin of Rumba in Seattle to chat about her work, Seattle’s cocktail scene, cachaça, and her drink for August’s Eu Amo Cachaça Box, the Banana Banjo! S&S: What’s it like to work at Rumba? How did your journey lead there? JA: Rumba is the best bar to work at. I’ve been drawn to…

Behind A Worn Path

We sat down with Steva Casey of The Atomic Lounge in Birmingham to chat about her work, Birmingham’s cocktail scene, traveling, and her drink for July’s Summer Scotch Box, A Worn Path! S&S: What’s it like to work at The Atomic Lounge? How did your journey lead there? SC: I’ve worked there now for over a year….

Summer Scotch

As the real heat of summer quickly approaches and we tell you about our next box—which, let’s face it, probably isn’t what you expected—we can imagine you scratching your head and wondering: Scotch in the summer, really? Well, we say: Heck, yeah! Add some seasonal fruits, like peaches and strawberries, and suddenly this spirit becomes…