This Month's Recommended Spirit Bourbon
This month’s box, Thirstin’ For Bourbon, was created using Knob Creek 9 Year Bourbon, an incredible Kentucky Bourbon which has an extraordinary flavour that is the result of patience and top-quality craftsmanship. Distilled in the heart of bourbon country, in Clermont, Kentucky, this spirit uses only hand selected American corn as the base and is produced in the small-batch style. Expertly aged in White Oak barrels for 9 years, this distinct process goes well beyond the minimum age requirements for American bourbon, and the result is definitely worth the wait. This prolonged method ensures a deep amber colour and a smooth, smoky oak flavour throughout the spirit, with notes of vanilla, caramel, and dried orange. Incredibly smooth, it has a bold flavour with balance that brings life and character to this month’s Crafty Cocktails box.Get a Box
Thirstin' for Bourbon
At Crafty Cocktails, October means bourbon. It’s been that way since our conception and this year is no different. Bourbon is the perfect spirit for the month as its amber colour, woody, smokey flavour and typically deeper profile, featuring notes such as black cherry, tobacco, honey and apple, complement the shifting weather, as leaves begin to fall, and the air become brisk and invigorating. Bourbon not only compliments this time of year perfectly, but it also offers a perfect canvas for flavours that are conducive to the season, as we move from the refreshing and bright flavours of the summer to spicier and heavier ingredients which bring warmth to our palettes. Therefore, in October, we turn to this wonderfully complex spirit for our monthly box, and this month’s box, Thirstin’ for Bourbon is no exception.
Bourbon has an incredibly rich history in the world of cocktails, as some of the very first cocktails on record made use of bourbon and many of the classics we still enjoy today, such as the Old Fashioned and the Julep, also rely on bourbon as their base spirit. Its role not only in cocktail lore but in the overall history of the United States is quite intriguing as well, as it played a part in the growth and prosperity of that country and in fact, still does, as one of its primary liquor exports. To say that bourbon is an important part of American, (and even Canadian), history is an understatement, with a story that is as complex as the spirit itself.
Because of its warmer, deeper profile, and its place in cocktail history, there are many different directions one can take when creating bourbon cocktails, as the elements used can either reinforce bourbons distinct characteristics, or counteract them with lighter, more refreshing ingredients. The key however, is to always keep the distinguished profile of bourbon in mind, as its bracing flavour can often overwhelm ingredients. Therefore, strong flavours are needed in order to stand up to this base spirit, which is what you’ll find in this month’s Crafty Cocktails box.
The lighter side is found in the I Give Thanks for Bourbon, an effervescent cocktail with an easy-drinking profile that still stands up to the bourbon, with ingredients like TOST Sparkling White Cranberry/Ginger, Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry bitters and KVAS Cranberry/Rosemary syrup. Deeper flavours can be found in the Moonlight Scimtar, with elements such as tamarind paste, Truly Tumeric Ginger, Kinsip Barrel Aged Maple Syrup and dehydrated orange, which are bold enough to offset bourbon’s potent presence. The Chai to Die For is the perfect in between, as the velvety Blue Monkey Coconut Cream and aromatic flamed orange zest are light and uplifting, while deeper flavours are provided by the Crafty Cocktails Chai concentrate.
The cocktails found within this month’s box, Thirstin’ For Bourbon, will please any diehard bourbon lover, but are also approachable enough to change the minds of those out there who are apprehensive of cocktails with this base spirit. There are so many fun and unique ingredients in this box, the unpacking might be as fun as the actual mixing of the cocktails. By the end, you might just find yourself looking at 2022 in your calendar, waiting for October and your next bourbon fix. Cheers!
Chai to Die For
As winter approaches, the Crafty Cocktails team gets very excited, because it means that flavour profiles start switch from summertime freshness to deeper, more spice heavy ingredients. Chai is the perfect expression of these types of concoctions, as its blend of warming spices brings a fire to our taste buds. Our Crafty Cocktails Chai Concentrate is loaded with classic Chai flavours; cinnamon, star anise, black pepper, cardamon and clove with a touch of golden honey. A good chai needs a creamy element for balance, and Blue Monkey Coconut Cream adds a velvety body that brings the chai to life. Deeper tones are delivered by Kinsip Barrel Aged Maple Syrup and of course Knob Creek Bourbon. To top it all off, a little caramelized citrus from a flamed orange zest adds not only a beautiful aromatic, but also a wonderful opportunity to test your at-home bartending skills and impress your friends. With winter on the horizon, the Chai to Die For is sure to get you in the right mood.
I Give thanks for Bourbon
Let us all join hands and give thanks for this delicious cocktail set before us. With so many flavours and Thanksgiving inspired ingredients, there’s no shortage of things to be thankful for. We are thankful for the bounty of unique, small batch ingredients that give this drink its wonderfully seasonally profile. TOST Sparkling White Cranberry/Ginger, we thank you for your beautiful effervescent character. Bittermens New England Spiced Cranberry Bitters, we thank you for the deliciously spicy body you provide. KVAS Cranberry/Rosemary Syrup, we thank you for your subtle and sweet herbal taste. Dehydrated cranberries, rosemary sprigs and orange, thank you for adding fresh and fruity touches to this cocktail. And last, but definitely not least, thank you Knob Creek Bourbon, you are the heart of this libation, adding smoky sweetness, and depth to this refreshing autumn cocktail. Good drinks, good friends, good times, let’s all be thankful and let’s all have a cocktail.
The dunes seem to stretch on forever. You were thankful for the sun to set, but the night brings a chill no more comfortable than the heat. The full moon basks the sand in a brilliant white light, making the endless stretch in front of you seem more like a snowy plain than a desert. More challenging than the cold is this unbearable thirst. With every step you take, your lips become drier and drier. Just when you think you can’t go on, a glint at the top of the next dune catches your eye. Perhaps you're delirious, but there’s nothing to lose. Your pace quickens as you climb to the top and find, somehow, a delicious cocktail has been left here, a gift from the gods who watch over you. You take a sip and sour tamarind greets your tongue, followed by the refreshing taste of Truly Tumeric Ginger which quenches your parched palette. You drain the glass as notes of Kinsip Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, fresh orange and Knob Creek bourbon invigorate you. You are ready to continue your journey, at least until you find the next cocktail.
Trust your Bartender
Everybody has their favorite spirit, but also have spirits they’re not so crazy about. These opinions are built over a lifetime of experiences; that bartender who made you the most amazing vodka cocktail you’ve ever tried, that one time you drank too much tequila… there are endless factors that may contribute to our own personal opinions towards particular types of alcohol. While these biases are completely understandable, a Crafty Cocktails box subscription is all about education in the world of cocktail creation, and it is very hard to learn new things if you don’t step outside your comfort zone. We strongly encourage you to make your cocktails with the recommended spirit for the month, even if you think you don’t like it. If a recipe is well balanced and acutely aware of the flavor profile of its given base spirit, the result can surprise even the most discerning of palettes. Conversely, an attempt to substitute the recommended alcohol for another simply because of personal preference can result in disaster, as flavor profiles tend to clash rather than compliment each other. The recipes in a Crafty’s curated box are just that, curated to suit a particular base spirit. Trust our bartenders, they know what they’re talking about; let them show how something you thought you disliked, can become something you absolutely love. If you truly can't get down with the featured box of the month, we understand! You can choose one of our past boxes to start a subscription, just send us an email and request the one you want to start with. Cheers!