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We have spoilers for the December 2023 Shaker & Spoon box!
For all the frantic rushes that the holiday season ushers in, it only serves to make quiet time with loved ones around the glow of the hearth that much more radiant. So gather ’round and hear the story unfold of an impending visit from three benevolent visions in glass—fizzy, stiff, and steamy—that will arrive upon the bell’s toll of December to teach you an all-important lesson: how to cross cocktail-menu planning right off your to-do list!
When surveying the slate of traditional classics to serve when feelings turn festive at year’s end (including those from the pages of drink-lover Dickens himself), rum is everywhere to be found.
So fear not these three messengers, for their tiding is a necessary one: throughout a long month of merriment and togetherness, the bounty of one’s home bar should know no bounds! Bells will be ringing, choirs will be singing, and you’ll soon be slinging plenty of creative takes on traditional favorites around the table with the Rum for the Holidays Box.
Caer Maiko’s Gingerbread Lift takes a rich and robust eggnog base and hoists it well above the snow line, making the case that creamy and carbonated could very well unseat sweet and salty as the next frontier in odd-couple dessert duetting. The inspiration came from a young category of cocktails called “lifts”—comprising spirit, cream, orgeat, and soda—started a decade ago in San Francisco.
Foam-topped in a towering fashion, Caer’s sorta soda float starts with the snow day–standby combo of rum, nutpods dairy-free creamer, and egg white, to which a cinnamon-and-clove-spiced molasses syrup is added for even more holiday heroics.
And then, with the help of some savvy shaker work and bubbly ginger beer, the real fun begins—a fizzy topping taking flight into the colorfully lit night sky!
’Tis the season for basking in dessert dreams (not yet, resolutions!). Accordingly, Randeen Thomas’s strapping Pinch Me Round old fashioned masquerades as the traditional Jamaican tartlets of the same name, magically mimicking their glowing flavors of coconut, ginger, and spices after a quick stir of aged rum, spiced coconut syrup, and aromatic bitters.
From the famous flaming Café Brulot to toddies, Tom and Jerrys, and more, the city of New Orleans is one of the best places to sample hot and steamy cocktails. And now a new rendition soars onto the scene from longtime French Quarter bar legend Chris Hannah.
Take a sip and snuggle up to his Cajun Butter-fly, a blend of piping hot water, aged rum, and Cajun hot butter batter, which comes together by mixing softened butter with a Big Easy–inspired dry spice blend consisting of sugars, baking spices, and cayenne pepper. Festive, soul-warming, and a fair share indulgent . . . just like the best holiday nights should be.
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What is Shaker and Spoon?
Shaker & Spoon is a cocktail is a monthly cocktail mix subscription. Each month you’ll get 3 unique recipes by top bartenders + everything you need to make 12 drinks (4 from each recipe) other than the liquor—syrups, bitters, mixers, garnishes & more. You’ll be exposed to new flavors & combos, and look at your liquor cabinet in a whole new way. Subscribe today & be your own bartender + the tastemaker in your circle!
Category: Coffee / Tea / Cocktail