Behind the Danger Juice

We sat down with Mia Mastroianni to chat about summer drinks, amaro, Negronis, and her cocktail for June’s Negroni Box, the Danger Juice! S&S: Your Danger Juice and the approach of summer has us dreaming of beach days. What are some of your favorite summer cocktails?  MM: In the summer I tend to lean toward light…

Mortar & Pestle Food Pairing

Milo Salehi and Chef Arnold Eric Wong of The Beehive suggest pairing their Shift Drinks: Reposado Edition cocktail with the chef’s Duck Taco recipe. Their marinade has nutty and earthy background flavors that pair nicely with tequila, and the Asian ingredients go well with the Mortar & Pestle’s coconut agave. The addition of dark cocoa, coffee, and…

Last Night I Dreamed Food Pairing

Patrick Natola and Chef Justin Rucobo of Town Tavern suggest pairing their Shift Drinks: Reposado Edition cocktail with the chef’s Classic Cheeseburger recipe. The Last Night I Dreamed is similar to a margarita, so they drew inspiration from Jimmy Buffet songs! Classic Cheeseburger yield: 4 burgers Ingredients Thousand Island Dressing 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/4 cup…

Refresco en Vinagre Food Pairing

Chris Simpson and Chef Manny Rocha of Academia suggest pairing their Shift Drinks: Reposado Edition cocktail with the chef’s Bánh Mì Fish Taco recipe. The Refresco en Vinagre cocktail’s hints of dill, coriander, and vinegar wonderfully lighten the taco’s fried fish, and the pickled sweet carrot and jalapeño in the taco also enhance the flavors…

Behind the Black Gold

We sat down with Watson Barry of Oakland’s Le Cheval to chat about his work, his inspirations, and his drink for December’s Applejack of My Eye Box, the Black Gold! S&S: What’s it like to work at Le Cheval? WB: Oakland is really tight-knit, and Le Cheval has been a member of that community for over thirty…

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…

Call Me Old Fashioned

Shaker & Spoon’s Rum Old Fashioned is a bit of a modern twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, with the addition of zingy house-made black pepper–ginger syrup. The combination of orange and Angostura bitters, fresh lemon, and the syrup has a slightly spicy and warm flavor—almost like butterscotch. As an Old Fashioned is a…

Do You Know What Thyme It Is?

Now that the sun is finally shining (and it’s beginning to feel like spring), it’s the perfect thyme to mix up a cool, refreshing cocktail that’s full of flavor! Shaker & Spoon’s Rum Smash combines tart lemon, sweet house-made cinnamon syrup, and Angostura bitters. I wanted to find a treat that embodied a similar flavor profile…

Blurred Limes

I donut know about you, but I like to enjoy my cocktails with a little sweet on the side! Shaker & Spoon’s Rum Buck has a tangy, tropical flavor from the mix of their house-made hibiscus syrup and fresh lime juice, as well as a bit of a bite from the ginger beer. I wanted to…