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…

The Rum Down

If you’re anything like I am, a rum-based cocktail conjures up images of tropical escapes and maybe a little bit of swashbuckling. This makes sense: rum originated in the Caribbean. But it wasn’t always about mai tais and mojitos—rum’s origin story has darker associations, as it was first distilled on sugarcane plantations in the seventeenth…

Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My!

We hope you’re sitting down, because this may be our most exciting box reveal yet! It’s the first one since Russell Davis—former co-star of and expert on Spike TV’s Bar Rescue and Nightclub & Bar’s 2012 Bartender of the Year—joined our team as Chief Cocktail Officer! We’re calling it Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My!,…