Getting Crafty with Shaker & Spoon

Everything but the alcohol in this thoughtfully assembled monthly box of cocktail ingredients

A boozy subscription box without the booze? Before you run away, hear Shaker & Spoon founders, book designer Anna Gorovoy and animator Mike Milyavsky, out. By removing the most readily available and physically heaviest ingredient—liquor—their package can cram more specialty ingredients (meaning more cocktails), offer lower shipping and overall box price (since you’re not buying marked up alcohol), and you get the final say in …

Toasted Crickets in Your Cocktail: Critter Bitters

It's not just for your Halloween punch

As more people grow aware of the protein packed into crickets (and how sustainable and affordable it is to raise them, compared to livestock), eating them is becoming less of a novelty and more of a practical life choice—especially when they’re made into tasty bars or chocolate cardamom cookies. While we might have a long way to go before seeing cricket burgers or salads on …

Hella Bitter’s Craft Your Own Bitters Kit

An all-inclusive set including jars, bottles, herbs and recipes for DIY cocktails

Almost two years ago we tried out Hella Bitter‘s all-natural craft bitters and found them to be a refreshing, premium alternative to mass-produced and (at the time) better known products. What began as a hobby for the Hella Bitters team ultimately turned into a fully funded Kickstarter that led to the successful production and distribution of their two masterful creations: Aromatic Bitters and Citrus Bitters. …

Easy Bitters-Based Iced Coffee Cocktails

Manhattan's Amor y Amargo serves up a brand new brunch beverage

At Manhattan cocktail venue Amor y Amargo drinks are constructed in reverse. Rather than start with a base spirit such as whiskey or gin, the team behind every sip starts with bitters—be that the obscure Cocktail Punk Alpino Bitters or the common yet unexpected Jägermeister. The much-talked-about, incredibly nuanced alcohols used to punch up a mixed drink or served neat as aperitifs or digestifs form …

Becherovka Herbal Liqueur

The Czech spirit with a secret, time-tested recipe

There’s nothing new about Becherovka—and that’s its great value. Since way back in 1807, the recipe has remained steadfast and true, continuing to define many late nights for locals and tourists alike in the Czech Republic and beyond. Becherovka is part of the bitters family, yet this herbal liqueur avoids the medicinal flavors most tend to put forward; instead, cloves and cinnamon tingle atop the …