Due to Winter Storm Nemo coming to town, we’re going to close the store Friday and Saturday for the safety of our crew and customers.
Hope you get a chance to relax at home, stay warm and sip on a cocktail. (I’m going to enjoy a bottled, carbonated Negroni I’ve been working on.)
Be safe out there!
P.S. That also means any web orders submitted won’t be picked and packed until early next week. Sorry for the delay!
Christmas ordering deadlines
The holidays are upon us! Please refer to the dates below to determine when you need to place your order to receive it in time for the holidays. Christmas deliveries are based on shipments arriving by Monday, December 24th. Deadlines include the time that it takes us to pack everything up and get it out the door.
Please note, under the “peak-season service guarantees” UPS only guarantees Air Service delivery dates during the holiday season.
When in doubt, send us an email or give us a call at the store @ 617-718-2999, and we can help you choose the service that will get your order to you on time.
||Last Day to Order
||Sat, Dec 15th
|3 Day Select
||Tue, Dec 18th
|2 Day Air
||Wed, Dec 19th
|Next Day Air
||Thu, Dec 20th
After over a year of planning and work, our new website is live! (Ain’t it purty?)
I’m going to take a break and imbibe a beverage, but look for some updates pointing out some of the cool stuff we’ve done and some of the folks we can thank for it.
In the meanwhile, poke around and tell us what you think.
Those who’ve known Amann for years, like Adam Lantheaume of The Boston Shaker cocktail supply shop in Somerville, who will carry the book, say its blend of fun flirtatiousness and attention to quality show that she was the ideal candidate for the job.
“I think the book is a hoot. When she told me she was doing it, it just felt perfect. I couldn’t have picked a better person,” he said. “Having Kitty do it tells me thought has gone not just into the names and art but the ingredients and proportions, too. For me, it’s like, let’s not take ourselves so seriously, let’s have a little fun.”
Want something a little fun – check out Kitty’s book – The Screaming Orgasm: 69 X-Rated Cocktails. Hope to have her in soon for a signing too!
Check out Luke O’Neil’s whole article, X-rated cocktails show the saucier side of getting sauced, on Boston.com.
Here’s my favorite quote:
Tequila, whiskey and other 80-proof or higher dry spirits form the base of a cocktail — what chicken, beef or fish are to the omnivore’s dinner plate. Liqueurs and amari, from low-proof aperitifs like Aperol to full-strength digestives like Fernet Branca, are accents, the equivalent of flavorful sauces. Citrus, vermouth, fortified wine or a carbonated mixer like tonic water are sides rounding out the meal. Aromatic bitters, like Angostura or Peychaud’s, are the salt and pepper of a drink, integrating the mixture and accentuating flavors.
Totally digging the Summer drinks recipe generator/finder too!
via How Bartenders Use Liqueurs and Bitters – NYTimes.com.
Like Aperol? Us too! (And apparently a lot of other folks as well.)
But for the time being, we live in the world of Aperol, a slightly bitter, go-down-easy Italian aperitif that has found its way into bartenders’ flutes and highball glasses from Los Angeles to London.
Check out the whole writeup, and links to Aperol food and cocktail recipes at Sipping on a Sunset, Italy in Mind – NYTimes.com.
As always, a thorough test and write up from ATK. This is one of the author’s (and our) favorite parts:
The cubes look impressive, but more importantly, they kept our drinks from tasting watered-down. Over the course of 30 minutes, the Tovolo’s cubes only added 36 percent more liquid to our drink, less than any other ice cube tray we’ve tested.
Please check out the whole review here – Chill Out with Tovolo’s King Cube Silicone Ice Cube Tray | The Feed.
Check out the Tovolo King Cube Trays – at our online shop.
Great looking drink by our friend Tom over at Island Creek Oyster Bar using Bittermens Tiki bitters (and served in a coupe). Jackson Cannon mentions a super entertaining tip while talking about the cocktail.
…one great tip: take a large pitcher and add the rum, aperol, and lemon juice, carefully measured. Then, when it comes time to mix them to order, you can just stir that up, throw it on some ice, add the bitters, and shake.
That’s one of our favorite entertaining life-savers as well!
Check out the recipe at Bitter Monk : Cocktail of the Week – Esquire.
We’re Sean fans over here at The Shaker. Congrats Mr. Frederick!
Three days a week, you can find Sean Frederick behind the bar at Citizen, serving up some of Boston’s best cocktails. He’s a natural – hospitable, gracious and good with a shaker.
Read the interview at Good Bartenders are Born, Not Made: Sean Frederick on Hospitality Behind the Bar | BostInno.