Behind the Vino Labbra

We sat down with Carla Rivera to chat about her work, low-ABV cocktails, and her drink for November’s That’s Amaro! Box, the Vino Labbra! S&S: Is there an ingredient or technique you’re currently fascinated with? CR: I like to cook, so I spend any spare time making syrups, shrubs, reductions, jams, and more. I like the idea…

Behind the Slippery Slopes

We sat down with Sother Teague of NYC’s Amor y Amargo and Coup to chat about his work and his drink for November’s That’s Amaro! Box, the Slippery Slopes! S&S: You’re most well known, at least to us, as an expert on all things amaro, but you’ve worked at bars ranging from tiki to molecular. Is…

The Amaro You Know

Not too long ago I went on a date to an Italian restaurant with an extensive amaro selection on its bar menu. The date? It was a one-time deal. But I’ve been interested in learning more about amaro ever since. Amaro, meaning “bitter” in Italian, is a liqueur traditionally consumed as both an aperitif and…

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…

Behind the Under Sage Drinking

We sat down with Russell Davis to get the story behind his cocktail for April’s box, Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! S&S: What are some of your specialties? RD: World travel, drinking culture, cocktails, spirits, fire blowing, bartending, bars, bar business, adventure. Any order. S&S: Is there an ingredient or technique you’re currently fascinated with? RD: I’m…

Catching Up with Hella Cocktail Co.

Want to know more about the Hella Bitters Ginger Cocktail Bitters that have just arrived in your Afterparty Box? We chatted with Eddie Simeon, one of the founders of Hella Cocktail Co., to find out more about the birth and the mission of this great local bitters brand! S&S: What did you do before founding Hella Cocktail Co.?…

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)…

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…

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…

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…