You Don’t Know (Apple)Jack

Lately, my Instagram feed’s been filled with all things autumnal: Halloween costumes, multi-hued landscapes, and, yeah, a whole lot of apple picking. I’m personally into the coziness of the season and everything the dropping temps are traditionally associated with, but between apple cider and pumpkin spice lattes, seeing a lot of the same admittedly has…

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…

Behind the Ma Sour

We sat down with Caer Ferguson of Austin’s The Roosevelt Room and The Eleanor to chat about her work, Austin’s craft cocktail scene, and her drink for October’s Austin Without Limits Box, the Ma Sour! S&S: What’s your specialty? CF: If I had to choose a spirit that I specialize in, it would be tequila or agave-based…

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…

Behind the Last Guinea Pig in Cuzco

We sat down with Nathan Dalton of Piscobar in the Catahoula Hotel in New Orleans to chat about his work, the history of pisco, and his cocktail for July’s Pisco Fever Box, the Last Guinea Pig in Cuzco! S&S: What’s your specialty? ND: I guess I would have to say pisco is my specialty. I recently opened a bar/café…

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…

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 &…