Although the word falernum can refer to a number of different things, in the context of Tiki drinks, it’s usually either a syrup featuring lime, ginger, and spices, or a low-alcohol cordial from the West Indies called Velvet Falernum that has a similar flavor profile.
If a recipe calls for falernum without specifying which kind, try it with the syrup first. Besides the essential lime and ginger, the other ingredients in a falernum syrup will vary slightly from maker to maker, but often include allspice or clove, and sometimes orange blossom water or almond.
We recommend B.G. Reynold’s excellent take on the syrup– it’s fresh and full-bodied, with just the right balance of sweetness, spice, and tartness. Give it a taste!
Just hitting our shelves, Dutch’s Bitters. They’re made at a craft distillery on an old bootlegging farm in New York. Each one is inspired by a period in American History and extra tasty.
When the samples arrived into the shop we cracked them open immediately. Every one of us who tried them did an audible “Wow!” after each taste.
We like them and think you will too.
Buy ‘em individually or grab the American Era Variety pack to get 1-ouncers of all three flavors in one shot.
Check it out – our Yarai Kit on Boston.com.
The Boston Shaker in Somerville is offering a Yarai gift pack this holiday that also includes a long-handled bar spoon and Modern Mixologist’s sexy, stainless steel julep strainer;
They also picked the kickin’ Boston glasses we sell by TheUncommonGreen. Make sure to check out the other boozy gift ideas, too!
via Boozy holiday gift guide – Food – Boston.com.
Are you looking for something unique? Something unusual for the discerning cocktail-enthusiast who seems to have everything? Or something just right to show a special someone how much you care? Well, the Boston Shaker has a number of delightful products, perfect for the particular and hard-to-shop-for, including:
Just fill with ice and go to town with a mallet, muddler, or paperweight and get perfectly crushed ice whenever you want it! The absorbant canvas soaks up water left over from the crushing process, so you’re left with a sack full of ice that’s just right for a julep, bramble, tiki drink, or any other beverage that call for crushed ice. Available in a variety of colors and two sizes. And it’s fun to use, too!
Handsome, durable bar bags for all seasons! These bags, available in a large holds-a-small-bar size and a smaller on-the-go-tool-bag size, are perfect for the hard-working bartender on the go or the home cocktail-maker who wants to be able to whip up that perfect Manhattan whether they find themselves at the in-laws’ house or a cabin in the woods.
Made right here in the Boston area by a local bartender/glassblower, these beautiful mugs are based on vintage tiki designs. Just the thing for the Tiki enthusiast in your life– but one look at these and even the dry martini set might be start reaching for a mai tai!
Developed by one of the doyens of the thriving Boston cocktail scene, Jackson Cannon, we are proud to present this lovely bar knife. Made in Massachusetts by a knife company with more than a century of experience, the stainless steel blade is perfect for cutting up limes, lemons, oranges, or any other ingredients that need to be in more pieces than they are right now. Full tang construction and a durable wooden handle make it a knife for the ages.
We made Boston Magazine’s list of big style for grads. Check it!
6. Japanese-style stainless steel jigger, $9, the Boston Shaker.
7. Woodbury Pewter julep cup, $36, the Boston Shaker.
8. Sparq soapstone whiskey rocks, $25 for 12, the Boston Shaker.
Thanks Boston Mag!
via With Honors: 12 Stylish Graduation Gifts.
Awesome photo of Andrew’s hand blown Glass Tiki Mugs.
Now “every part of the drink is handcrafted,” Iannazzi says, “from the tiki mug down to the juice.”
via Youve Been Served: Restaurant-Quality Dinnerware by Boston Artisans.
The Nick & Nora glass looks lovely! They’re one of our favorite glasses too. Anything that’s served “up” or in a “martini glass” is extra elegant in a Nick & Nora.
We’re psyched to see that the Barker & Mills Cherries were so well received! (And sorry to run out of them so quickly.)
Ryan pits each cherry by hand, and hand-numbers each jar, so there’s only so many available each year. We’ve already started a waiting list for the ones we’re expecting near the end of 2013, so if you’re interested please contact us and we’ll put some aside for you.
via Manhattan: Recipe: bonappetit.com.
The Boston Shaker is the exclusive purveyor of these handpitted, small-batch bourbon-vanilla cherries, perfect for classing up a homemade Manhattan or a simple scoop of vanilla Häagen-Dazs.
Pick up a copy on the stands or check out the link below to view it only.
via The Goods: Three Boston Treats We Love Right Now.
Wanna grab some now? Here’s a link to Barker & Mills Cherries on our webstore.
Please note: These are very small batch and each cherry is pitted by hand, then jarred and labeled by hand. We’ll continually get stock in over the next few weeks so feel free to check back or drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to ask us to hold a jar out of the next batch. We should be getting stock through October, but will likely start to run low in November so if you want ‘em get ‘em early!
I’ll admit to being a little overwhelmed. But, lucky for me, the offices of Martha Stewart are home to hundreds of multi-talented individuals, and I only had to walk down the hall to get an education in bitters. Our very own Eddie Simeon, a project manager on the digital ops team by day, moonlights as a bitters baron. Along with three longtime friends, Eddie runs Hella Bitter, a small-batch bitters company.
Check out the whole article at Bitters, Bitters Everywhere | Living Blogs | Martha Stewart. (And you can pick up their bitters @ the shop or via the webstore.)
Note: As much as I love bitters and soda water as a stomach settler, and a great non-cocktail beverage option for pregnant women, I wanted to point out that most bitters are high in alcohol. That being said, so little of it is used in a glass of soda water I feel it likely doesn’t matter. But for those strictly abstaining, definitely mention it before offering it as a non-alcoholic alternative.