Q: Could you make a mocktail from the ingredients or are they alcoholic?Asked by Valerie C., August 2019
Great question! You can absolutely use the ingredients in the Intoxicated
Intellectual boxes to make delicious mocktails. We do sometimes include a
dash bitters as one of our ingredients. Although bitters themselves contain
alcohol, when only a dash is added they do not significantly affect the
potency of the drink, and many virgin cocktails include bitters in them.
Thank you for asking!
Q: Is this worth the money and does it come with the alcohol in it or do you have to buy the alcoholAsked by Mindy C., August 2019
Hi Mindy, Thank you for your questions! Like many of the cocktail
subscription boxes featured on Cratejoy, we currently do not include
alcohol in our boxes. We are often asked about why this is the case, and
the truth is, we believe that the boxes are better without it. There are so
many downsides to shipping alcohol. (Many states don't allow alcohol
shipments to homes. Also, if there was alcohol in the boxes, someone 21+
would always need to sign for them upon arrival. This is inconvenient for
our subscribers, and would also drastically raise the price of shipping.)
Not putting liquor in the boxes gives us the room to pack them with more of
the good stuff----the harder to find mixers, syrups, bitters, bar tools,
garnishes, and each month's book + themed recipe. We...
This was a question I had before I ordered my first box too. There is no alcohol, but I don't think this takes anything away from the value of the subscription. (If anything it's better, because I don't have to be there to sign for the box when it arrives.) I was really impressed with how much I received in my first box--there was a really nice edition of a Sherlock Holmes book, a metal cocktail shaker, two full-sized...
I have been an Intoxicated Intelectual subscriber prior to it's debut on Cratejoy (during the Beta Launch) and have been satisfied with every box I have received.
My July shipment included the stylish box pictured in this review. Each ingredient compliments the book, and is enough to make multiple drinks. You really could not ask for a more reasonable price for how much is included, and I am constantly surprised by how much they pack into the boxes.
The thoughtful presentation, quality ingredients, and overall value of the box make this a subscription I look forward to every month.
I've been an Intoxicated Intellectual subscriber since the launch, and am so satisfied with the boxes I have received so far! The recipes are creative, and I love reading the extra info that comes in each kit. It has also been a good mix of older and more modern classic books, which I appreciate. Their customer service is also fantastic. Overall, I highly recommend this box!
I love this box! I have been blown away by the quality ingredients and delicious craft cocktails, and the ways that the drinks tie in with the book. I have been trying for a while to read more classic lit, and this makes the whole experience so much more fun.
I knew when I ordered it that there is no alcohol in the boxes, and they sent out an email before I received the box to let me know that the box featured gin, and even gave recommendations for types that would work best for the recipe (The Sherlock Holmes Earl Grey Martini last month).
Regarding the price, it's less than you would spend in a bar for the same number of drinks (not even counting the books and bar tools that are also in the box), but this allows you to learn about the cocktails and enjoy the books wherever you want, without having to find the unusual ingredients which you would have to purchase at a higher cost. To top it off, the whole package is really nicely presented, and overall it feels like a unique experience.
The curation was thoughtful, and the shipping timely. However, the name of the subscription is a bit misleading. It gives the impression that alcohol is included in the box. It is not. Only the other ingredients used in the cocktail are included. Totaling up the average prices for the items included in the box, there is not a lot of value for money. I would suggest lowering the price of the box by about $15 and including a bold disclaimer that alcohol is not included.
Thank you highlighting our thoughtful curation and fast shipping in your review! We also appreciate the feedback that we should make it more clear that there are no alcoholic products in our boxes. (This is mostly due to laws against shipping alcohol to certain states.) We will work to be more clear about this feature of our box for future subscribers.
We would also love for you to reach out to us is there was anything missing from your box. We strive to give each of our boxes a retail value over $50 (+discounted shipping), and hope that you will let us know if we forgot to put any items in the box that you received. Our July box included a 750ml bottle of Monin honey...
Our August box featured a classic detective in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "A Study in Scarlet," paired with a delicious and intriguing Earl Grey Martini cocktail.
Our September Box features Franz Kafka's masterpiece, "The Metamorphosis," paired with a surreal and perplexing espresso cocktail.
Our November box features George Orwell's classic novel "1984," paired with a delightfully dystopian Smoked Rosemary Victory Gin.