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Monday, May 4, 2015

SaloonBox Is Like a CSA, But For Booze

Posted By on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 8:00 AM

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If you’ve ever found yourself looking to shake up some cocktails but a little flummoxed by a single shriveled-up lemon in your fridge and a cupboard that contains only Fireball and T.G.I. Friday’s Mudslide mix, there is a solution on the horizon. Not unlike a CSA for gin instead of rainbow chard, SaloonBox aims to make home mixology easier by delivering weekly boxes full of everything you’ll need — because nobody likes running to Safeway for olives. Nobody.

Founder Samantha Spector and her husband Joe got stymied over the holidays when they couldn’t find either decent recipes nor the liqueurs to make them with, and the idea was born. Rather than running out the liquor store to drop hundreds of bucks on 1.75-liter bottles and the like, they came up with a way to provide everything required to make a “weekly cocktail” (ahem) for you and a friend/lover/trick/dependent/co-dependent.

Assuming the Kickstarter succeeds, for $30 each week, subscribers will get a cocktail recipe from a vetted source plus small bottles to make it with, and some explanatory notes. (There will also be a tutorial video on the site, in case you’re a muddling virgin.) Launch mixologists include Rafael Barba of Napa’s Goose & Gander, Darren Crawford of the Devil’s Acre in North Beach, Matt Grippo of Blackbird in the Castro, and Ashela Richardson of Smokestack in Soma.

Sadly, Kickstarter’s rules and regs forbid including alcohol in the rewards for contributing, but once SaloonBox is up and running, it’s drinky time. And with the average price of an artisanal cocktail fast approaching the $15 mark, you’ll already be starting out at the break-even point with a BAC of 0.00!

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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