Shaker & Spoon, a DIY cocktail subscription box, has released the spoilers for their August 2021 box! Shaker & Spoon Cocktail Club is a monthly cocktail mixers, recipes, tools, and ingredients subscription box!
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The theme is KANPAI!
The official toast is Kanpai! And—since the word translates to “empty your glass”—our imaginative bartenders devised their cocktails to make that an enjoyably effortless task for you. These fan-favorite recipes traverse a bit more territory than the noble, unadorned highball, but our aim to honor the clean taste of Japanese whisky is all the same. Join us for this journey to Japan, just in time for July, and let’s discover our next favorite whisky together!
Here’s a sneak peek:
Much like the energy-packed, neon-lit streets of Tokyo at night, Kevin Diedrich’s Nippon Cooler is a buzzing feast for your senses. But it’s not just the city that’s inspired this vividly refreshing medley. Japanese whisky welcomes in spiced Thai bitters and a Vietnamese sparkling watermelon juice for a dynamic flavor that pops, along with a smooth aloe drink, and a fruity osmanthus flower syrup. It’s not quite a whisky highball in the traditional sense, but this one-of-a-kind mix is just the ticket for those high on life and ready to have a ball!
Kevin is an award-winning San Francisco–based bartender and owner of Pacific Cocktail Haven and Kona’s Street Market, an ode to the evening food and shopping bazaars popular throughout Asia, South America, and Europe.
We’ve lost sight of Greg Mayer as he happily sails over the horizon, but thankfully he’s left us with a tasty parting gift. Miles from the Mainland is a sunny take on the regional contrasts of Japan, paying particular homage to the coastline and island chains of the south. Bright lemon and a syrup featuring tropical fruit and coconut lead the way to surf and sand, with just enough sesame nuttiness to bring to mind a classic night of izakaya-hopping. Top it with spiced, aromatic Peychaud’s bitters and seal the deal on Japanese whisky’s excursion to the subtropics.
Greg began his career in the hospitality industry working in kitchens as a line cook and transitioned to roles behind the bars of many hot spots nationwide. Now based in NYC, he’s the National Brand Ambassador for LHK Spirits and in-house cocktail counsel for Shaker & Spoon.
Wagtails sing is a cocktail fit for the whole year. After taking in the range of soft fruit and floral notes of Japanese whisky, Caer Maiko turned to enhancing ingredients like pear, baking spices, and mole bitters to deepen the sense of warmth and louden the voice of the spirit. But then, what seems like an old fashioned gets flipped with a complex, dry finishing flavor from the German digestif Underberg. Settle in and salute a season of great sips ahead!
Caer is the bar manager for Last Straw in Austin, TX, and co-creator of Daijoubu Pop Up: Super Asian Cocktails, a traveling cocktail experience that pushes culinary boundaries in cocktails by incorporating surprising, unusual, and more authentic Asian flavors while creating a space for Asian people in front of and behind the bar.
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