Negroni

The Negroni is an exquisitely simple drink to make—traditionally with three ingredients in equal measure, a stir, and a twist. But as with most top-tier cocktails that have a century of history behind them, the boundaries of its potential have expanded over time as adventurous bartenders pushed the formula to its utmost limits with substitutions,…

Book Box: The First Gineration

The sun has set on summer and we’ve immediately hit the books—the cocktail books, that is. Over the years there have been many great published works that combine enlightening facts and histories with brilliant photos and recipes. The earliest known compendium of techniques and drinks was mixology founding father Jerry Thomas’s Bartender’s Guide in the…

Siam Sour

Here’s another cocktail recipe from Vivian making use of her leftover Shaker & Spoon syrups. You can also find more drinks photography from Vivian on Instagram at @thetipsymuse. Siam Sour I infused some gin with fresh lemongrass and pink peppercorn to make a gin sour that highlights the flavors of Thailand. This is also a drink for…

An Efflorescence of Spring

One of our subscribers, blogger Vivian Cromwell, has created a series of original cocktail recipes with some of her leftover Shaker & Spoon syrups—and we’re sharing them here in case you’d like to give them a try, too (or just enjoy her mouth-watering photos)! Here’s the first one below. You can also find more drinks…

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…

Gin Cocktails in the Wild!

We hope everyone had a Gincember to remember with last month’s box! For your viewing pleasure, we’ve got the roundup of images from our community of subscribers festively enjoying their cocktails. Use #shakerandspoon to be considered for a feature. Cheers! Above a Persimmon via @thecollinsglass Making the Flaming Rosemary Gimlet via verysarie.com Take Flight via @lisamychols Above a Persimmon via @smileitsanna155 Which cocktail was your favorite…

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’…