|Clover Club, a delicious Bowling Ball Named Homer gift - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
I had heard the name Julibox get bandied about by food and cocktail friends, and it's a pretty cool concept in our world of one-click/online-o-rama buying habits. You sign up for a subscription (you can do month-to-month or 3, 6 and 12 month memberships), and every month, a beautifully packaged parcel is delivered with most or all of the ingredients you need for 2 classic or specialty-designed cocktails (2 servings each, so 4 total, if you're bogarting all the drinks for yourself, you great big, beautiful lush, you.). I say "most" ingredients because some drinks require fresh citrus, but the important stuff is there: mini bottles of spirits, wine, or seltzer, and equally mini bottles of mixers like tonics or bitters. Yes, you need to sign for each delivery, so I recommend having this sent to your office, or somewhere you'll be to trade your autograph for the precious Julibox.
|Cocktail hour, delivered to your door, just BYO citrus - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Mini bottles galore and a refreshing sangria - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
The Clover Club was the drink that had me feeling a little anxious. It's a beautiful cocktail flavored with raspberry syrup, fresh lemon juice and Bols Genever, a Dutch-made distillate made from three different grains, blended with distilled juniper berry, and basically a gin, but with a more of a complex flavor that nicely balances the fruit flavors. It's also an egg white drink, and it's not the raw egg that makes me quake in my boots so much as the ability to shake it long enough, with a good seal on the shaker (I've had oops's before), to get that incredible, creamy protein-matrix foam. Don't worry about the raw egg part -- the alcohol and the vigorous agitation essentially denatures it, plus for this delivery, they included powdered egg white, which is pasteurized and quite handy. This was an easy drink to split, so I mixed it twice, first with a fresh separated egg white, and one with the powdered stuff they provided. I probably didn't shake it long enough, as the first Clover Club's frothy foam was rather lackluster (see top photo - sadhorns). The drink was marvelous, the presentation, less-so. On my second mixing, I tried the powdered stuff, which you hydrate a little before using, and I just shook the hell out of that cocktail shaker, and got a really nice, tall froth. Is the powdered stuff better than fresh eggwhite? Likely not, as most skilled bartenders only work with fresh egg whites, and their drinks turn out like rockstars. It's likely a case of, whatever the recommended time of shaking your egg white cocktail is, double it, especially if you have short, stubby t-rex arms like me.
|Celebrating cocktail-thirty every month! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
This is a totally honest review of Julibox, no freebies or anything was involved -- I needed a birthday gift for Brock, so I hit the Bowling Ball Named Homer button and thought he'd appreciate Fancy Cocktail Night more often at home. And we've been really pleased so far! We just got the cachaca-filled Latin Lovefest Collection, which is for July, but we probably won't enjoy it until August. That's fine, because it's good to be a month behind on something worth savoring. Cheers, everybody!