Behind the ’Chata

We sat down with Frank Kurt Maldonado of NYC’s Employees Only, to chat about his work and his cocktail for September’s Rum Away With Me Box, the ’Chata! S&S: Is there an ingredient or technique you’re currently fascinated with? FKM: I’m always exploring and playing with new ingredients, I try to use ingredients that no other bartender…

Rum Away With Me

What makes rum dark versus light? Dark rums are aged longer and in charred barrels or made with blackstrap molasses. Both roads lead to a richer taste with lingering flavors including toffee, vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch, nuts, spice, honey, tobacco, and caramel. And when mixed with the right delicious ingredients—provided in September’s Rum Away With Me…

Use Your ImaGINation

What makes gin, gin? The one real requisite is the distilling of a neutral grain alcohol with juniper, and that’s actually pretty much it. What distinguishes the various gins from one another, on the other hand, is a far more interesting question! With so many distinct flavors, no two gins are truly alike (luckily we…

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…

Nate’s Tiki Syrup Recipes

Nathan Dalton says that “one defining characteristic of a tiki drink is that it’s complicated to make. It’s not true in every case, but if you work a tiki bar, you get used to having to grab seven, eight, or nine bottles to make a single drink.” And his cocktail for July’s Pisco Fever Box,…

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…

Pisco Fever

Hot summer nights call for the spirit of the Incan gods: pisco, one of the purest spirits known to man. The only thing that enters the bottle is the grapes—and nothing else can be added, not even water. The result is the remarkably delicious and shockingly versatile unaged Peruvian brandy that’s sure to be the…

Behind the Tokyo Love Story

We sat down with SeongHa Lee, lead bartender at Las Vegas’s Zuma at The Cosmopolitan, to chat about his work and his cocktail for June’s Sake It To Me Box, the Tokyo Love Story! Photo c/o Krystal Ramirez. S&S: You’ve tended bar all around the world—what’s been your favorite scene so far? SHL: I can say my favorite…

Vodka Cocktails in the Wild

Spring has sprung (mostly), and it shows in the fun photos of your vodka cocktails! Here’s the roundup of images from our community of subscribers toasting the season with their cocktails from April’s box, Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! Use #shakerandspoon to be considered for a feature. Cheers! Vodka, Adventures, and Spring, Oh My! via @omichellemybell Shrub-a-Dub-Dubs via @lbeaslie Ralston’s Black Peppered Old…

Sake It To Me!

In recent years, sake has crossed the Pacific and graced our cocktails with its presence here in the US. The shapeshifting fermented rice liquor is quickly becoming popular among bartenders due to its intense umami-ness (the fifth taste), complex flavor profile, and increasing availability and variety, though many people still haven’t discovered sake libations. That’s…

2017 Survey Results

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who took our 2017 subscriber survey! It’s an immense help for us to hear from you, and hopefully it’ll help you down the line too 🙂 Ready to see some results? Then strap yourselves in for some serious graph action! Let’s start with the fun stuff. This is where…

A Cocktail Tribute to Prince

We sat down with Russell Davis on the anniversary of Prince’s untimely passing to get the story behind A Whiter Shade of Purple, Russell’s cocktail tribute to Prince. The recipe appears below! S&S: What was the inspiration behind this cocktail? RD: Well, everybody loves Prince, you know, so that’s just kind of a given. And, quite…