I was so excited to review the Shaker and Spoon subscription box! I think it is such a unique and wonderful thing. It's no secret that I enjoy the occasional, or frequent alcoholic beverage and I often google new drinks to mix up. Shaker and Spoon does the creative work for us and puts everything we need, less the alcohol, in a monthly subscription box. I prefer to select my own alcohol anyway because I can be quite particular. Each box comes with three new drink recipes and ingredients. In each box you will receive enough ingredients to make 12 total drinks, 4 of each mix. Another wonderful thing about Shaker and Spoon is that they strive to make each box naturally vegan! If for any reason an ingredient is not vegan they will let you know!
I received three boxes from Shaker and Spoon from December through February to review. During that time I have seen this new subscription service grow, and recover from a few "newbie" errors but one thing I can say is that Shaker and Spoon have the absolute best customer service! This is not just based on my personal experience as a blogger. I have paid close attention to their customer interaction on all of their social media sites and they are always quick and happy to respond to customer inquiries.
March's Agave Blanco Box is featured in the photo below. You can still get this box if you subscribe by February 29th, 2016.
My boxes were for Amber Rum, Bourbon, and Gin. The Amber Rum box was a great way to start out my experience because I have the most experience with rum.
With each box you receive several cards illustrating each drink, how to make it, what type of glass to prepare it in, and an overall inventory of what's in the box. Don't worry if you do not have the proper glass for serving your drink, just find something to make due with. I certainly do not have all of the glasses one could own for serving drinks, although I am trying to build my collection.
Shaker and Spoon also has a "Learn" section on their website showing you how to make each drink.
This is my first box pictured below. The December Box which featured Amber Rum drink mixes. The December Amber Rum box featured the Rum Smash, Rum Buck, and the Rum Old Fashioned.
I absolutely loved the Rum Smash and through making it with the items included in the box I learned that cinnamon syrup is amazing. Not only for making the Rum Smash but many other drinks I created including one with cranberry juice that was dreamy. I know the combination of cinnamon syrup and cranberry seems odd, but trust me it was wonderful. Speaking of the syrup, Shaker and Spoon creates all of their own syrups, and many other herbal mixes for their sub box. I find that really cool and I can not wait for them to begin selling their mixes on the site so I can get my hands on more of their cinnamon syrup.
The Rum Smash was wonderful and evoked an apple cider like flavor. It was very festive for December.
The Rum Buck was really refreshing, tart but not too tart, sweet but not too sweet. Just a perfect balance of both. The Rum Old Fashioned was my least favorite but I have never been a big fan of the traditional Old Fashioned. It is for sure a sipping drink and not to sound anti-feminist but it reminds me of what they may have once called, a "man's drink".
Since I was not quite ready to indulge in the toddy I started with the Fire In Your Belly drink because the name had me curious. It was also the mix in which I got to use my new channel knife tool.
The three drinks featured in the Gin Lovers Box were Gogi Southside, (pictured below), Gin Flower, and Juliet and Romeo.
The Gogi Southside is the perfect balance of tart and sweet, to me almost a mix between a lemonade and a long island ice tea flavor. It was super refreshing and just made me want summer to come even faster. I loved the Gogi Berries as a garnish too.
I am really happy that I have plenty of rose water on hand to make more of this drink! You can find rose water in middle eastern stores or on Amazon. Simple Syrup is also a staple in my house because we make it often for our Mojitos. It is actually quite simple to make, hence the name, simple syrup. Just blend equal parts sugar and water and cook until sugar has melted into the water and the mixture is slightly thickened.
Remember how I said you do not have to have the exact kind of glass on hand that the drink calls for? I do not have coupe glasses, so I used a martini glass, which I do have, because it is a similar size, if not shape.
So what do you think of this idea? Will you be subscribing to Shaker and Spoon? Which drink sounds the yummiest to you? Let me know your thoughts in the comments please. I love to hear what you think!
Be sure to follow Shaker and Spoon on Instagram for tons mixed drink of eye candy, not just their images though, Shaker and Spoon shares their customer images too, mine included!
Oh and one last note ... Shaker and Spoon often hosts giveaways for a free box! Right now (as of the date of this article posting) Shaker and Spoon is hosting a Twitter Giveaway! Enter now and good luck to you!