Behind the Tipo Chichero

We sat down with Andres Chopite-Parra to chat about his work, Venezuela, rum, and his drink for November’s Rums of Origin Box, the Tipo Chichero! S&S: How important is rum to Venezuelan history and culture? ACP: It’s imbedded in our culture. It’s part of who we are. I’ve always said there are three things that Venezuela didn’t…

Rums of Origin

Properly made and balanced cocktails delight the senses and play a pivotal role wherever people come together in celebration and joy. And in many cases, what lies within the confines of a drinking glass can also open one’s eyes to the transportive elements at play. The base spirit and ingredients chosen unlock a portal into…

Behind the Banana Banjo

We sat down with Jen Akin of Rumba in Seattle to chat about her work, Seattle’s cocktail scene, cachaça, and her drink for August’s Eu Amo Cachaça Box, the Banana Banjo! S&S: What’s it like to work at Rumba? How did your journey lead there? JA: Rumba is the best bar to work at. I’ve been drawn to…

Rum Sour with Fève

Here’s a third cocktail recipe from Vivian making use of more leftover Shaker & Spoon syrups! You can also find more drinks photography from Vivian on Instagram at @thetipsymuse. Rum Sour with Fève This is my second experiment with the “magic bean.” This time, I infused one in 4 ounces of Smith & Cross Rum…

Behind the Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow

We sat down with Dan Watson of Cleveland’s Porco Lounge and Tiki Room to chat about his work, his inspirations, the wide world of rum, and his drink for April’s Rum Wild Box, the Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow! S&S: What’s it like to work at Porco Lounge? DW: I get to spend my days alongside my dysfunctional Porco family in the…

Rum Wild

Rum—and its relatives of yore distilled from byproducts of the sugar cane plant—had a centuries-long history on the open seas aboard Navy vessels and pirate ships before striking land in the Caribbean for mass-production in the 1600s. There have been changes and a lot of geographic expansion along the way, but the adventurous, sea-centric soul…

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…

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,…

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…

Orgeat on My Mind

Need more almond joy in your life? Look no further than a bottle of orgeat, a syrup made from almonds, sugar, and either rose or orange flower water, that—hey!—is also an ingredient in one of next month’s Campari Hard cocktails. “Or-what?,” you may be asking. That’s “ohr-zhat,” with a second syllable that sounds like “Jacques,”…

Cachaça-ing the Dream

While the entire world flocks to Brazil this August for the Rio Olympics, we’re transporting you there “in spirit” with cachaça cocktails! Brazil’s most common distilled alcoholic beverage (they have over 5,000 different brands of the stuff!) is similar to rum, but distinct too. If you’re not too familiar with this liquor, check out our…