Well boooooy oh boy are we thrilled to be here.
It has been a long-time-coming for the two of us to be able to take what we hold dear — the tradition, heritage, connection & craft of cocktail making and be able to bring that to folks everywhere with just the click of a button.
Yes. These kits include high quality ingredients, housemade garnishes, small-batch mixers, unique tools & glassware in addition to expert guidance on what you're doing, where it came from and how to bring it all together.
But even more than that, these kits will keep you connected with a craft and a tradition that has been present during some of the most important conversations, decision-making moments, lovers quarrels, wars, political meetings, and the list goes on and on... throughout the history of our country and beyond.
So whether you found us because you want to send the perfect gift to your cocktail-loving co-worker, or impress your partner with a fancy night in, or you are just looking to truly up your own bartending skills... You have officially joined the tradition of creating good company through hospitality, and we’re so glad you’re here.
Without further ado... Let's get to the FIRST EVER Cocktail Commons Craft Cocktail Kit!
(Say that 3 times fast...)
Mule’s are all about the ginger and the lime. Ginger and lime are a match made in heaven. Both are pretty great on their own. But when those two hooligans shake hands it is incredible.
Ginger is a flowering plant but it is the root that is where the goodness is. It has been consumed in Southeast Asia thousands of years. Ginger didn’t make it to Europe until the 1300s. Since then global consumption has risen and it’s become a staple for many countries. In 2018 the world consumed about 3,000,000 tons of ginger. So people like it I guess.
Limes are green and round and grow on trees. You may be familiar with them. They’re used for cooking, drinking and medicinal purposes. We like limes mostly for the pizzaz they bring to cocktails.
The history of the Mule dates back to the mid 1800s. It was originally called a “Buck” which was a simple cocktail of ginger beer mixed with spirit. The British Navy is credited with the widespread popularity of the drink. They received rations of rum and lime. Ginger beer has been a common beverage since the mid 1700s. So it was only natural for the sailors to combine these items to create some tasty beverages. They called their concoction a Dark N’ Stormy.
Fast forward to the 1940s. Smirnoff wasn’t selling well. Vodka was relatively unknown in the States back then. So Smirnoff hired a guy to do some promoting. He met a bar owner who had way too much ginger beer. They started brainstorming. The bar owner’s girlfriend owned a company that made copper mugs. They pooled their resources and boom, the Moscow Mule was born. Smirnoff was founded in Moscow. The Mule was an alternative to the Buck. Alliteration is always better for marketing right?
This ginger concentrate is made by hand. We use fresh ginger root, organic citrus and some fancy pants spices. The ginger, spices and citrus are simmered low and slow to create a depth and richness that will take your cocktail to the next level.
A handmade cordial that amplifies the flavors of dark rum. Star anise, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, lime and orange are combined for a powerful addition to your libation. This will be used for our variation on the Moscow Mule.
Candied Orange Peels:
These candied orange peels are meticulously made by hand. They will be used as fun and delicious garnish for our Mule variation.
This sturdy canvas bag is used to make crushed ice. It has been used by bartenders since the 1800s. Fill it with regular ice and roll it closed. Grab something solid and whackable just smash away on the Lewis Bag. Boom. Crushed ice.
Fever Tree Club Soda for the bubbles.
Fever Tree makes exceptional mixers and their club soda is the perfect canvas to use for these Mules.
Fresh lime to use for garnish
How to measure ingredients for the perfect cocktails. We will discuss why consistency is important to crafting cocktails and honing your skills.
How to make crushed ice and proper use of a Lewis Bag.
How to cut citrus for clean and attractive garnishes.
Mules are the perfect cocktail to explore different spirits and the art of changing it up. Each product in this box plays very well with others (good boy... sit).
Congratulations - you’re well on your way to a memorable craft cocktail experience at home and some solid knowledge that will serve you well on your bartending journey.
We can't tell you how glad we are that you're here - now go get yourself the first ever Cocktail Commons Craft Cocktail Kit!
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October 27, 2020