Shaker and Spoon Box 1, cocktails 2 and 3

We made the last two drinks from our first Shaker and Spoon box, Brush of the Bush and El Palenque.
el palenque
El Palenque
El Palenque uses pineapple and ginger beer. This one was good, but a little too sweet for me. Almost syrupy. I happily drank one, but wouldn’t want more than one per sitting.

Next up…
Brush of the Bush
Brush of the Bush uses sage-agave syrup, cherry bitters and a spray of white sage. This one was sort of like an Old Fashioned. Also a bit syrupy but since it’s more of a sipper, it was a little easier to drink. It was delicious!

Of the three drinks for this box, my favorite was the Abstract Distraction. It was light and smooth and refreshing. I’d make this one again in a heartbeat.
I look forward to future boxes!

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Recipes Tried Reviews

Dinner :: Calabrian Shrimp & Orzo

Last night I made the Calabrian Shrimp & Orzo with Tomatoes & Parmesan Cheese from Blue Apron. 

Calabrian Shrimp Ingredients

The sauce was creamy and rich, the hot chili paste was great (I used all of it) and made it quite spicy. So it had salty (capers & cheese), sweet (tomatoes & shrimp) and hot (chili). I thought it was fantastic.

Greg didn’t seem as enthused as I was and said it needed a salad. That’s fair, there really wasn’t any veg in here other than the tomatoes which we all know are technically fruit.

Calabrian Shrimp finished


If you want to try it, email me and I can get you a free box (if you’ve never used them before). I get nothing for referring you, you just get a free box.


My first video! Shaker and Spoon box 1, cocktail 1

Abstract DistractionHi friends!

I posted my first video today. It’s an unboxing of the shipment from Shaker and Spoon. This is a subscription service that sends you all that you need to make 3 different cocktails. All you have to buy is the bottle of booze.

This first one was for November and it is Mezcal Month. So I had to buy a bottle of Mezcal Reposado. If you watch the video you can see all the stuff they sent me. But basically, it was:

Barefoot Botanicals White Sage Hydrosol
Dashfire Lemon Bitters
FloraLuna Cherry Vanilla Bitters
Blake Hill Wild Rose Infused Strawberry Jam
Brooklyn Crafted Lemon Lime Ginger Beer
Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade
Demerara syrup
Mother shrub Pineapple
Sage-Agave syrup
Crispy pineapple slices

We’ve only made one cocktail so far, it’s the Abstract Distraction, which we thought was apt since we were watching election results.

It was delicious. It was slightly sweet with a rose flavor. Very refreshing and light. I would have thought it was more of a summer drink. But since it was almost 75 degrees on this lovely November day, it fit right in.

If you want to try it, use this link and you will get 50% off your first box (they’re normally about $50).