SaloonBox is a monthly cocktail subscription box. Every month you’ll receive two cocktail recipes, top-shelf liquors for the recipes along with any specialty items, plus the background on each cocktail. Note: Be sure that someone 21+ is home to sign for the delivery.
Everything is packed with care to ensure that items reach you intact.
Here’s what lies inside the boxes. This month, Saloon Box included a bar spoon to help with making your cocktails.
In the envelope there was a letter which provided information for each cocktail, as well as details on some of the ingredients to be used. For July, SaloonBox had “stir, don’t shake” as the unofficial theme. Both cocktails require a stir, and this segued into the announcement that SaloonBox is adding bar tools, designed by Tony Abou-Ganim, to their website.
Also included was an ingredient checklist card for the box.
…And detailed recipe cards for each cocktail. The cards give a brief history of the drink, the bar, and mixologist associated with it. First up, is the Black Hole Sun.
Next is the Chairman’s Refresher.
Full reveal – the July SaloonBox.
My first drink was the Black Hole Sun by Bryan Hutchinson of Black Hole Coffee House (features Evan Williams bourbon, Scrappy’s chocolate bitters, and High Brew Coffee). Is it me, or are you humming Soundgarden too?
This drink is a twist on the classic Old Fashioned. Instead of a sugar cube, it uses simple syrup. Angostura bitters are swapped out for chocolate bitters, and coffee is added in. I found the coffee and bitters complemented the sweeter bourbon. This drink was smooth and made a nice nightcap. The Black Hole Sun is little more than straight bourbon, so I’d recommend sipping it. As you can see, my drink is darker than the one pictured. I added a little more coffee to help tone down the bourbon.
My second cocktail is the Chairman’s Refresher by Jim Meehan of PDT Bar (features Frangelico, Cane Run Estate Rum, and coconut water). I think I figured out the name – New York City is home to PDT and Wall Street, where you’ll find Chairmen of various companies, and coconut water is known for is refreshing properties.
I was a bit hesitant to try this drink because I don’t really care for coconut water. I know it’s full of electrolytes and is good for me, but I can’t stand the taste. Thankfully, the hazelnut flavor of the Frangelico masked the coconut water. The alcohol in this drink didn’t stand out as much as it did in the first cocktail. This had a mild sweetness and left me feeling cool thanks too the muddled cucumber and coconut water. This is a great drink for a hot summer’s day or when your AC decides to die (yes, mine is a goner). I was reminded again that I need to add to my barware – I don’t have any of the recommended coupe glasses for serving.
Here is the 10″ stainless steel bar spoon ($8.00 value) that I received to help create this month’s drinks. I love the twisted design of the handle.
I look forward to this subscription because enjoying the cocktails gives me a little quiet time every month. SaloonBox estimates each cocktail to be around $9. While that doesn’t compare to your regular Happy Hour special, remember that you are receiving top shelf spirits and artisan bitters and syrups. Plus, you get to enjoy the drinks in the comfort of your own home without all of the ruckus, and the recipe cards mean you can make the drink as it should be and not what you remember it to be. Don’t forget, this also makes a great gift for the mixologist in your life!
The Description: Try a wide array of top-shelf liquors and spirits without spending a lot of money buying full-sized bottles. Your subscription provides one monthly box. In it you’ll find two original recipes, ingredients and a background on your cocktail, each ingredient and the mixologist. No running to the store to search for hard-to-find ingredients.
The Price: $50.49 per month