Brandy, She’s So Fine

You know how finding stuff is sort of the best? Like your lucky socks that you were sure had been eaten by the dryer, or that box of your favorite cookies that you stashed at the back of your pantry? Well, brandy was a similarly fun find! Over 700 years ago, merchants transporting wine started…

Bourbon Cocktails in the Wild!

We love the holiday season—so many festive treats to eat and drink, and so much to be thankful for. It’s coming in a little late this month (the holiday season is also the busiest season!) but never fear, we’ve got the roundup of images from our community of subscribers enjoying their cocktails from the Thank Goodness for…

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…

Behind the Above a Persimmon

Tyler Hudgens is the Bar Director at The Dabney. Her bar program embraces southern hospitality and reflects Chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s mid-Atlantic inspired concept, showcasing classically inspired cocktails with local and seasonal ingredients. She enjoys exploring The District with her golden retriever, Tucker, himself a lover of patios and not-so-fancy ice. We sat down with her…

Gincember

Now that Halloween’s over, we know Christmas decorations are already going up. Let’s face it: winter is coming. But gin is just the thing to usher us into the season, with all things festive and spiced! Back in the day, gin was marketed as a medicine for all sorts of ailments and sold at chemists’…

Catching Up with Woodward Extract Co.

We chatted with Amy Nazer, founder of Woodward Extract Co., which produces and bottles small-batch flavor extracts at Brooklyn FoodWorks in the former Pfizer plant in South Williamsburg using a cold extraction process and organic, fair trade ingredients. You can find their Bird’s Eye Chili extract in this month’s Thank Goodness for Bourbon Box! S&S: What…

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…

Thank Goodness for Bourbon

This month, we’re doing something a little different: by popular demand, we’ve revamped and are re-releasing one of our best-loved early boxes, created by the Shaker & Spoon team. Now that the summer’s heat is beginning to fully dissipate, we need something to replace it, and what better to do that than bourbon? Fire is…

Campari Cocktails in the Wild!

We hope you’ve all been Campari-ing Hard this past September and having a blast doing it! But in case you need to get your cocktail on vicariously, we’ve got the monthly roundup of images from our community of subscribers enjoying their cocktails from the Campari Hard Box. Use #shakerandspoon to be considered for a feature! Wherever I May…

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…

¡Viva Mezcal!

For the longest time, tequila was the most well-known and ubiquitous agave-based spirit in the US. But these days, craft cocktail menus proudly announce mezcal offerings and mezcal-devoted bars increasingly dot urban landscapes. So we thought, if you haven’t tried mezcal yet, it’s time to see what all the hype is about—while you can! Unfortunately,…

Meet the Trouble Makers Behind Critter Bitters

We chatted with Julia Plevin and Lucy Knops, co-founders of Critter Bitters. They say that though cocktails won’t save the world, eating bugs might. S&S: We’re so excited to include your product in our ¡Viva Mezcal! Box! Our first question for you has to be: what inspired you to create bitters infused with toasted crickets, and how does…