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…

Cachaça Got Your Tongue

With the Rio Olympics less than a month away, what better way to honor Brazil than by sipping on a cocktail featuring its most popular spirit? I’m talking (er, writing), of course, about cachaça, a cousin to rum and a key ingredient in a caipirinha . . . and a handful of other libations that’ll…

Amber Rum Cocktails in the Wild

Here’s a roundup of images from our community of subscribers enjoying their April Amber Rum Box cocktails! Which cocktail was your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

Call Me Old Fashioned

Shaker & Spoon’s Rum Old Fashioned is a bit of a modern twist on the classic Old Fashioned cocktail, with the addition of zingy house-made black pepper–ginger syrup. The combination of orange and Angostura bitters, fresh lemon, and the syrup has a slightly spicy and warm flavor—almost like butterscotch. As an Old Fashioned is a…

Do You Know What Thyme It Is?

Now that the sun is finally shining (and it’s beginning to feel like spring), it’s the perfect thyme to mix up a cool, refreshing cocktail that’s full of flavor! Shaker & Spoon’s Rum Smash combines tart lemon, sweet house-made cinnamon syrup, and Angostura bitters. I wanted to find a treat that embodied a similar flavor profile…

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…

Blurred Limes

I donut know about you, but I like to enjoy my cocktails with a little sweet on the side! Shaker & Spoon’s Rum Buck has a tangy, tropical flavor from the mix of their house-made hibiscus syrup and fresh lime juice, as well as a bit of a bite from the ginger beer. I wanted to…