Welcome to Day 9 of Camp Cratejoy!
“Absolutely love our Shaker & Spoon subscription! We get so excited waiting for it in the mail and when it arrives can’t wait to unbox it. The drinks they curate are top-notch and we find ourselves heading to the ‘make more’ store to pick up more goodies all the time.”
In other words? These pros know what they’re doing.
Watch the video below for pro tips to make those pantry staples shine!
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Shaker & Spoon was founded in 2015 in Brooklyn by two designers (Mike and Anna) with an overfilled liquor cabinet. We got tired of buying apricot brandy and cream sherry and not using them again, of needing hard-to-find ingredients at 10 p.m., of trying that complicated cocktail recipe only to be disappointed once it didn’t turn out.
Now, with our monthly cocktail club, you just pick up the bottle and Shaker & Spoon will take care of the rest!
Quick 3-Ingredient Cocktails You Can Make at Home!
What You’ll Need:
- 2oz of your spirit of choice (whiskey, vodka, gin, rum, tequila, brandy, etc.)
- 1oz of something acidic (like lemon or lime juice)
- 3/4oz to 1oz of simple syrup (1:1 ratio) -- balance to your taste
Running low on simple syrup, or not sure about the ratio? You can make your own by putting exactly equal parts of both sugar and water measured separately (e.g., 1 cup + 1 cup) into a pot on the stove, then simmering and stirring until dissolved.
How to Do It:
- Combine 2oz of your preferred spirit with 1oz of your preferred citrus juice and 3/4oz to 1oz of simple syrup (1:1), balanced to your taste.
- Shake until cold.
- Toast to your inventiveness!
Learn More About Shaker & Spoon
Shaker & Spoon’s cocktail recipe designers and collaborators are esteemed in the mixology industry and span winners of honors like Tales of the Cocktail’s Spirited Awards and inclusion on the annual list of the World’s 50 Best Bars. What’s more, the master mixologists behind every Shaker & Spoon recipe are passionate about sharing their expertise with you -- and your tastebuds.
Read Along With the Video (Transcript)
Hello Camp Cratejoy! This is Danny Ronen, coming to you on behalf of the wonderful subscription cocktail kit Shaker and Spoon.
So today, we're going to be going over some very basic things that you can use to make some great cocktails at home, regardless of whether or not you have either the single kits or the box. Just a sort of a collection of random things -- almost everything that I have here has already been opened, so it's a great way to go through your fridge -- go through your liquor cabinet or your little collection -- and figure out what you can use to make very simple, straightforward, and delicious cocktails at home.
So what we're going to do here is twofold: one, we're going to show you some very basic shaken cocktails, and then, a very basic stirred cocktail, which you can make minor edits on in order to take one drink and turn it into twenty.
The first one we're going to do is a very simple daiquiri. And what you should know is that a daiquiri is a gimlet, but with rum -- or, a gimlet is a daiquiri, but with gin. The key is to balance everything out, so you have your booze -- and remember, your booze are your base spirits, right here in the center, so not the liqueurs and not your aperitif or your vermouth, but your base spirits. So that is your spirit.
Okay, then you have a sweetener. And by sweetener, I mean a one-to-one (1:1) simple syrup and then, your citrus, and by that, I also mean your lemon or lime juice. So if you have those three things, you can take any of the base spirits, any lemon or lime juice, and any one-to-one ratio of simple syrup, and make a very excellent, very easy cocktail.
So what I could very easily do is make a gimlet by taking two ounces of gin, one ounce of lime juice, and three quarters of an ounce of one-to-one simple.
The easiest way to explain that mathematically... on this side of the scale, I have two ounces of my base spirit, and on this side of the scale, I have to balance it out with the liquid form of two ounces of something else. So I've chosen one ounce of fresh lime juice, but then, instead of doing a full 1 ounce of one-to-one simple syrup, I'm actually doing three-quarters of an ounce. I like it a little bit less sweet sometimes. I'll do three-quarters... or half.
You could do it any way you like, but if you always keep that sort of scale balance in mind, you'll find that all of your drinks with that very simple ratio will come out wonderful and balanced and delicious.
Now, if you take that very simple recipe, you can also swap out any of these base spirits to make a very simple, delicious, balanced drink. You can also swap out lemon and lime juice, depending on the base spirit; you can also sub in grapefruit, but keep in mind sometimes grapefruit's a little bit sweeter, so the goal is to balance out the two ounces of spirit and the other liquids you're putting it in. And you also want to balance out the one-to-one sweetener and your citrus. So if you almost keep that math in mind, you'll be ahead of the curve.
Okay, now, you can also switch from the gimlet with gin to the rum and make yourself a daiquiri -- but you can also add a little mint in there, shake it up and add a little bit of soda water, and you'll have yourself a delicious mojito. For those of you that have basil or mint in your kitchen, it's something that's very easy to do.
Now, very very simply, for a three-part cocktail -- has to be the Negroni. If any of you have that bottle of Campari that you've been looking to do something with for the past couple years, this is your chance. One ounce of Campari, one ounce of sweet vermouth, and one ounce of of gin.
Now, again, you can use whiskey and change it up to the boulevardier. You can do a Reposado or añejo tequila and make tequila Negronis. You can do something with rum -- with an aged rum -- you can go scotch whiskey, you can go some fun vodkas, and different kinds of gins -- we have a lot of different options with whatever you have at home.
I hope these two basic groups will help you use what you have at home to make some delicious drinks and you can always use the help of your local bartender.
Now, there are two ways to support your local bartender while everyone is out of work, and that is either to find whether your favorite local bar has a Venmo account and they're accepting tips, so every time you make one of your delicious drinks at home, think about tipping your bartender!
That is a great way to support the local community and also to just share the love -- everyone is in the same boat right now. And there's also the BEAP, the Bartender Emergency Assistance Program.
So I think that's about it! Thank you so much, campers -- really great to have you in my home. Looking forward to randomly walking into your home and sharing a drink there too; that will be great! And in the meantime, make an occasion out of it! Dress up, you don't have to wear pants -- I'm not wearing any -- so have yourself a wonderful day, and we'll see you soon! Cocktail away!