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.
This month’s box had a theme – the Broadway hit, Waitress (feat. an original score by Sara Bareilles). If you don’t make it to Broadway, check out the film starring Keri Russell. I think Jenna would’ve appreciated the names of this month’s featured cocktails.
All non-perishable ingredients are packed in paper shreds and smaller boxes. So much care is taken to ensure that your items arrive intact.
In the envelope, SaloonBox includes a letter that provides information for each cocktail, as well as details on some of the ingredients to be used. There are also drink recipe cards and an ingredient checklist. The recipe cards give a brief history of the drink, the bar, and mixologist associated with it.
A look at the ingredient checklist.
The September SaloonBox!
Cocktail 1 – And The Cherry On Top Is…
This drink is a nod to summer since we are now at the end of the season (and end of the cherry season). It features Luxardo Maraschino, which is still made using the original 1821 recipe, and a dried bing cherry garnish. The base spirit of the cocktail is Grand Teton Potato Vodka.
I liked this cocktail. The Luxardo Maraschino is definitely not the liquid found housing the bright red jarred cherries. Combined with the fresh lemon juice, it made the drink tart, but the vanilla simple syrup took out the bite. One of my dried cherries fell into my drink and stayed there until the bitter end. It soaked up the cocktail and made a super tasty surprise treat. When I make this again, I think I’ll skip the garnish and add the cherries to the bottom of the glass.
Cocktail 2 – What A Mess I’m Gin
This recipe is inspired by a similar recipe created by Julie Van Zant of MObar in NYC and features No. 209 Gin. Registered as a distillery in 1882, Distillery No. 209 was the 209th distillery permitted in the U.S., hence its name. The mixer for this cocktail is the Lady Lychee by American Juice Company. This features a blend of lychee, strawberry, and other fruits. For other drink ideas using the Lady Lychee, check out their website (hint, most feature gin).
I physically cannot drink gin but will say that the Lady Lychee was very tasty and will be used in some mocktails. Dad did drink this cocktail and had some good feedback. He said that the alcohol is not noticeable, so you’ll need to be careful and not drink this too quickly. Also, the lemon adds brightness to the sweeter lychee and strawberry notes. Dad felt that drink needed a stir after the club soda is added; otherwise, you only taste soda in the first few sips.
Although I couldn’t drink one of the cocktails this month, I still thought this box was a crowd pleaser and nice nod towards summer. Both drinks highlighted the season’s fruit flavors well. SaloonBox estimates each cocktail to be around $9. Remember, that price includes the spirits, mixers, and occasional bar tool to make your drink. What’s missing? How about the crowds, noise, and need to make an impression. Seriously, you’re at home – get comfy and enjoy your cocktails with a friend or two.
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