Vodka Brunch

Cock-a-doodle-do! Rise, shine, and start feeling fine, because next month, cocktail o’clock might just land a little earlier than usual.  When the sun rises on a brunch-less day, so many hours must pass before shaking or stirring a cocktail gets jotted down on the to-do list. But for those who are lucky enough to occasionally…

Bring on the Bourbon

Our bridge to summer (aka the month of May) is within sight, and the time has finally come to throw open the windows, shout “Bring it on!” into the temperate wind, and allow a legendary spirit to shine. As veteran Shaker & Spoon sleuths out there may already know, previous bourbon boxes have produced some…

Kick Back with Cognac

The many gastronomic wonders of France are glorified the world over, and the wines—well, who hasn’t waxed romantic about at least one at some point in their life? Whether you’re a scholar of food or drink, or simply an admirer, it’s always tempting to enjoy national treasures the same ways the natives do. When it…

Añejo, Let’s Go!

We heart tequila! And did you know that this agave spirit from the great land of Mexico gets bolder than blanco and even richer than reposado? Añejo is the name and “gracing cocktails that are friendly to all seasons with an amber look and a more robust take on the tequila taste” is its game….

What’ll It Be? Whisk(e)y!

We’ve viewed enough of your posts in our dedicated Facebook community and elsewhere to officially call it like we see it: your tastes are top-notch and your skills are ever-expanding. So we thought we’d kick off the new year by inspiring a little extra customization with these three cocktails.  For next month’s adventure, the choice…

Jolly for Gin Punch

This December, when the lighting’s just right and the decorations are perfectly in place, it’ll be time to swirl together, serve, and savor the most foundational and festive of drinking traditions: punch!  Aside from its convenience, creativity is what makes this format of drinking shine, as long as balance is kept in mind. You can…

Fruits of Fall

When it came time for America to stake a claim on a spirit of its own—coincidentally during the decades surrounding its own founding—Northeastern pioneers and even presidents needed only to look up at the trees. An abundance of apples combined with a revolutionary thirst led to the first applejack, named for its process of “jacking,”…

Mezcalloween

Something’s out there. Lurking around the shadow-laden Oaxacan fields is a sensational spirit that showcases the earthy taste of agave with a devilishly roasted, smoky edge, and it’s ready to pounce during your upcoming month of thrilling, chilling cocktail glass–filling. Mezcal’s greatest asset, besides its irresistible flavor, is how seamlessly it’s woven into the cultural…

Negroni 2

Born in Florence from a request for a stiffened-up Americano, the classic Negroni’s recipe is, beautifully, not one you have to jot down. Stir up equal parts gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth, garnish with a twist, and you’ll be satisfied (like so many others of late). But it’s gotten so popular throughout this modern cocktail…

All Eyes on Rye

The story of rye, both as a crop and style of whiskey, is one of resilience and heritage. As the long winter’s approaching and a farmer needs something to last the season and protect and enrich their soil through lingering low temperatures, rye’s a mighty fine go-to. When Prohibition knocked rye whiskey off the top…

New Frontiers

Amid his work as an innovator in the fields of art and science, Leonardo da Vinci, the quintessential Renaissance man, once famously observed, “In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes.” Although da Vinci spoke these words more than 500 years ago,…

Daijoubu

When Caer Maiko and Sharon Yeung entered Austin’s bartending scene and began to develop their styles, they noticed more and more that, representationally, the state of things was . . . just fine. The roles carved out for Asian immigrants and their fellow Asian Americans behind and in front of the bar were okay, and…