India’s Cocktail Bars Revive Ingredients from Generations Past

Traditional Indian ingredients, used in cooking and drink-making by older generations, have reappeared in trendy cocktail bars. In a nation known for its wide array of traditional spices and fruits, components like aam panna (a juice from green mangoes), kaanji (a juice from black or fermented carrots) and kala khatta syrup (made from Indian blackberry) can now be found in the burgeoning craft cocktail scene. …

CH Omakase 2016: June Taylor Syrups

Two handmade, small-batch potions for cocktails and cooking

When we first began writing about June Taylor back in 2005, we were almost hesitant to reveal something we loved so much. Taylor, who describes herself as a “seed-to-stem” creator, selects (and sometimes even picks) each piece of organic seasonal fruit and turns them all into an array of delicious products including jams, jellies, marmalades, fruit butters, fruit cheeses, candied peels and syrups. The latter …

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 …