"It’s been said that we’re living in the golden age of cocktails. Yet as much as consumers appreciate a good drink and are willing to spend $10 to $15 before tip and tax for a well-crafted cocktail in a bar, what we’ve noticed is that consumers still settle on mediocre cocktails at home," says Scott Goldman, co-founder of Cocktail Courier. "We created Cocktail Courier to change that."
Hence, this year-old company delivers high-quality products straight to your door; all you have to do is decide which liquor you're in the mood for. Then, in two to three days you'll get a snappy little box filled with all your mixology needs, including spirits, simple syrup, fresh fruit, bitters, and whatever else is needed to follow that specific, step-by-step recipe. The only thing missing is ice, a glass and a cocktail shaker. We tried it and the process proved simple — and the results delicious.
A subscription runs $39.99 for a box (shipping included) and come as weekly, biweekly or monthly deliveries. Get one for yourself or send a drink package to a friend. Each kit comes with enough goods to make four to eight drinks and the recipes sent to you are picked depending on what spirit you choose. Want to get toasty with bourbon? The Lexington Old Fashioned by New York City bartender Jim Palumbo (recipe below) might come to you. Perhaps gin is more your speed? Well, expect a drink like the A Better Place by bartender Andy Seymour. Other options include calvados, pisco, tequila, vodka and liqueurs. And you won't get the same drink twice, unless you request it.
Here's a recipe for that Lexington Old Fashioned by Jim Palumbo:
2 ounces Bulleit bourbon
1/2 ounce maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Bitter End Memphis BBQ Bitters
1 dash ground cayenne pepper
1 lemon peel (for garnish)
1. If using a knife, cut a quarter sized peel from a lemon and place it into an empty rocks glass. If using a potato peeler, cut a long, wide swath of peel from a lemon and place it into empty rocks glass.
2. Add measured amounts of maple syrup, Angostura Bitters, BBQ Bitters, and cayenne pepper to the rocks glass.
3. Using a muddler, or the back of a teaspoon, press down on the lemon peel in the rocks glass to express the oils, then add bourbon and fill glass full of ice.
4. Stir contents of rocks glass by placing shaft of bar- spoon between your index and middle finger. Insert spoon into the glass until spoon touches bottom.
5. Keeping your arm and fingers still, use your wrist to turn the spoon in the glass. The spoon will spin about in your fingers on its own axis.
6. Stir for about 12 to 14 seconds.
7. Using the same method as in Step 1 above, cut a quarter sized peel from a lemon, but this time squeeze between thumb and forefinger downwards over the drink, so that the oils in the outside of the skin express onto the drink.