{Now Closed} Giveaway // Oktoberfest Brew Kit

Giveaway: Oktoberfest Brew Kit from Craft a Brew // stirandstrain.comDid you know that Oktoberbest is happening RIGHT NOW? While many of us stateside can only dream of visiting Germany for the biggest beer fest ever, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an Oktoberfest brew in the comfort of your own home. Enter this month’s giveaway: an Oktoberfest Brew Kit from Craft a Brew.

Craft a Brew takes the guesswork out of brewing beer at home. They deliver to your doorstep a kit with all the items you need and practically do everything but hold your hand and pour the ingredients into the pot for you. Today we’ve teamed up with Craft a Brew to offer one lucky Stir and Strain reader their very own Oktoberfest brew kit. Oktoberfest may be over on October 3, but you’ll be able to enjoy your brew for as long as you want.

Can’t wait and want a kit now? Visit Craft a Brew’s website and get 20% off an Oktoberfest Brew Kit with promo code PROST now through October 3!

Giveaway: Oktoberfest Brew Kit from Craft a Brew // stirandstrain.comReady to get in the DIY spirit? Enter now and get up to 9 entries to win by entering below. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Wednesday September 28th, 2016. Entrants must live in the continental US and be 21+ only please! For more information on Craft a Brew, check out their website at craftabrew.com today! Good luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Cocktail Crate Summer Party Pack

Giveaway- Cocktail Crate Summer Party Pack // stirandstrain.comIf you’ve been over on the Stir and Strain Snapchat the last several months you’ve probably seen some cocktails I’ve mixed up using Cocktail Crate. Ever since I first tasted their Sriracha Margarita I’ve been in love.

Giveaway- Cocktail Crate Summer Party Pack // stirandstrain.com

Cocktail Crate makes delicious tasting mixers made with fresh, high quality ingredients. They pretty much taste like you’ve mixed something up in your own kitchen, which is how owner Alex Abbott Boyd first developed these recipes. I use these in my own home bar when I want a flavorful cocktail, but don’t have the time to mix up the syrups needed to make one. I love the convenience, and one lucky Stir and Strain reader will get to sample 3 of their flavors for your own summer cocktail adventure. The Summer Party Pack includes 1 each of their Grapefruit Daiquiri, Sriracha Margarita, and Ginger Bee mixers.

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So let’s crack open a few bottles and mix up some cocktails! Enter now and get up to 12 entries to win by entering below. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Monday July 11th, 2016. For more information on Cocktail Crate, check out their website at cocktailcrate.com today! Good luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Shaker & Spoon Summer Scotch Cocktail Kit

Giveaway: Summer Scotch Box Cocktail Kit // stirandstrain.comWhen you think Summer drinking, you think… Scotch, right?? Well I do, and so does Shaker & Spoon!

For this week’s giveaway, we’ve teamed up with Shaker & Spoon to offer one lucky reader their June cocktail kit: the Summer Scotch Box! So what’s in the box? Everything to make up to 12 cocktails from 3 recipes they provide (minus the booze). By letting you pick out your own booze, or to use what you have on hand, they’re able to send the box to EVERYONE in the U.S. (I know how bummed some of you guys get when we have a giveaway and can’t ship to your state! If you want some Scotch ideas, check out this International club!). Now anyone can enter!

Giveaway: Summer Scotch Box Cocktail Kit // stirandstrain.comCurious about what cocktails you’ll get to make with this box? Here’s Shaker & Spoon’s description of their Summer Scotch Box:

A Scotch cocktail in the summer?! That’s right! Scotch can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, and even year-round in cocktails—it’s great like that. In A Worn Path, by Steva Casey of Saturn, we’ve taken the flavors of juicy strawberries and IPA and fashioned them into one super-drinkable cocktail. In the Smoked Peach, by Kevin Diedrich of Pacific Cocktail Haven, we’ve paired delicious seasonal yellow peaches with the tasty stone fruit notes in Scotch. And in the Night Fighter, by Ryan Maybee of The Rieger, we’ve combined the light, smoky, vanilla notes of Scotch with grapefruit and lemon, and a house-made syrup of burnt orange peel and cardamom. The saline solution amplifies the flavors and aroma.

Whoa! Saline solution?! Readers, this should be right up your alley.

Giveaway: Summer Scotch Box Cocktail Kit // stirandstrain.comSo if you want to surprise Dad, or your college Grad, or your friends who are tying the knot this month, or, you know, keep this for yourself, then enter now! You’ll get up to 10 entries by selecting the options below. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Monday June 13th, 2016. For more information on Shaker & Spoon, check out their website at shakerandspoon.com today! Good luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Cocktail & Sons Cocktail Syrup Trio And how to make the perfect Hurricane Cocktail with Fassionola

Giveaway: Cocktail & Sons Syrups // stirandstrain.comFassionola. You might be wondering what that word is, or whether or not I am misspelling something. But if you’re not familiar with that word, you’re making your Hurricane cocktail all wrong.

Wrong?! Well, we’ve had to swap out ingredients for a long time since Fassionola, a syrup made from a blend of strawberries and tropical fruits, hasn’t been on the market for, oh… 30+ years now. The syrup is one of the original ingredients in the famed Hurricane cocktail as invented at Pat O’Brien’s in the French Quarter. It has a history, and now Cocktail & Sons have resurrected it, and one lucky Stir and Strain reader can score a bottle. And since everyone is in a generous mood, they’re also giving away bottles of their Mint & Lemon Verbena and the Spiced Demerara Syrups. All superb fits for your summer drinking needs.

Giveaway: Cocktail & Sons Syrups // stirandstrain.comSince Cocktail & Sons prides themselves are only using the best seasonal ingredients in season, the Fassionola syrup will only be available until June 30th (strawberries don’t grow in October…)! So stock up if you can. And in the meantime, enter below to win your own bottle: you get up to 8 entries to help you along (open to US residents only)! Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Sunday May 29th, 2016. For more information on Cocktail & Sons, check out their website at cocktailandsons.com today! Good luck!

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And once you do get a bottle of the Fassionola, you can craft the BEST Hurricane cocktail to sip all summer long:

Classic Hurricane

1.5 oz. Rum (Cocktai & Sons recommend aged rum or rhum agricole, nothing too dry)
.75 oz. Cocktail & Sons Fassionola
.5 oz. Fresh lime juice
Glass: Tall
Garnish: Lime wheel

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a tall glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

{Now Closed} Giveaway // Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker and a Stir and Strain Grab Bag!

Giveaway: Zen and Tonic Cocktail book and grab bag // stirandstrain.comIt’s Spring! And I think it’s time for a little cocktail refresh don’t you? I LOVE a cocktail made from fresh ingredients, and even better when they come from my garden. This week we’ve got a giveaway that’s sure to bring on the cocktail inspiration (from your garden, or, you know, the supermarket). Zen and Tonic: Savory and Fresh Cocktails for the Enlightened Drinker has over 80 recipes that are not only delicious, but can also provide a health boost too!

Giveaway: Zen and Tonic Cocktail book and grab bag // stirandstrain.comBlending superfoods right into your drinks, Aron’s recipes use unexpected ingredients, like ginger, kiwis, coconut water, kale, and kombucha, for powerful health benefits and surprisingly delicious flavors. A boozy boost is optional, but highly recommended, in recipes like:

* Papaya Passion Fresca
* The Drunken Avocado
* Yellow Mary
* Retox Detox
* Mexican Chocolate Buzz

Giveaway: Zen and Tonic Cocktail book and grab bag // stirandstrain.comBesides cocktail recipes, it also includes some fun ideas for making boozy popsicles, flavored ice cubes, infused spirits, and lots of techniques to up your cocktail game!

And we’ve been doing some Spring cleaning around Stir and Strain headquarters (like updating our bar shelves) and have put together a fun grab bag of goodies (no booze though this time, but we promise it’s fun stuff!).

Giveaway: Zen and Tonic Cocktail book and grab bag // stirandstrain.com
So are you ready to stuff some Spring into your drinks?! Me too! Oh wait, I can’t enter. But you can! Check out the options below to enter and get up to 11 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Sunday April 10th, 2016. For more information on Zen and Tonic and the Healthy Bartender, check out the Jules Aron website!

{Now Closed} Giveaway // Valentine’s Day Cocktail Kit from Saloonbox

Giveaway: SaloonBox Valentine's Day 2016 // stirandstrain.comMaking someone a cocktail at home is always a generous act. And if you’re looking to surprise someone with a few delightful concoctions this Valentine’s Day, but need a little help in the recipe department, I’ve got the solution for you. Stir and Strain has teamed up with SaloonBox to offer one lucky reader a Valentine’s Day cocktail kit!

SaloonBox is a craft cocktail subscription that features original recipes developed by top mixologists. The February SaloonBox contains all the ingredients to make 2 two serving cocktails. First there’s one of my favorites, The Paloma with tequila, lime juice, grapefruit, club soda, agave nectar and serrano pepper. Then there’s the Volstead cocktail with champagne, vodka, elderflower liqueur, pear and lemon juice.  Check out the February kits here. They also include a treat from Charles Chocolates!

Check out the options below to enter and get up to 9 entries to win.You MUST BE 21 and OLDER to enter. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST February 9th, 2016. Please see terms and conditions below (Sorry! USA only. Some states unfortunately are excluded from shipping liquor to so please double check your state!). For more information on SaloonBox, please visit their site at saloonbox.com. Good luck!

If you can’t wait to win one of these and want to sign up STAT, Saloonbox is offering Stir and Strain readers a 15% discount using the coupon code STIR15 on their site from now until February 29th.

{Now Closed} Giveaway // Margaritaville®: New Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker®

Giveaway: Margaritaville® Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker® // stirandstrain.comGuys, I know that it’s December and many of us in the Northern Hemisphere are trapped in a frozen tundra (I mean, it got down into the 50’s here in SoCal..brrrrr), but I know ALL of you are dreaming of warmer pastures. So, I teamed up with the Margaritaville people to offer one lucky Stir and Strain reader the key to unlocking those warmer climes (at least in your mind) with their all new Margaritaville®: New Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker®.

Consider this my belated holiday gift to you.

You all know I LOVE a good frozen cocktail. Like this one. And this guy. And let’s not forget that Watermelon Infused White Negroni! But jeeze, making these for a crowd with just a tiny blender is a pain in the butt. With the Key West model you can make up to 12 drinks (that’s 36 ounces) in just one container and it shaves the ice for you so you get a smooth drink and not one with hunks of ice that can break your teeth. Frozen Negroni Cocktail Slushies // stirandstrain.com

Want a sneak peek of the Margaritaville in action? Check out this video by Whitney Adams for the Chocolate Mint Slide (she even has a promo code if you can’t wait to win one and need to buy it NOW)!

Fun right? Let’s get those motors started and enter today! Check out the options below to enter and get up to 8 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Thursday December 31st, 2015. For more information on the Margaritaville®: New Key West™ Frozen Concoction Maker® as well as more recipe ideas, please visit their website. See terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. residents). Good Luck!

{Now Closed} Giveaway // Owl’s Brew Hot Toddy Gift Pack

Giveaway: Owl's Brew Hot Toddy Gift Pack // stirandstrain.comSo yesterday was #InternationalTeaDay. While I may put on the kettle and enjoy a few cups of tea during the day, I must say that my favorite way to enjoy it is in a Hot Toddy.

Now that it is officially the season of COLD, I thought one lucky Stir and Strain reader might also enjoy a few Hot Toddies. And it just so happens that Owl’s Brew agrees too.

To get you started on your own Hot Toddy adventure, Stir and Strain has teamed up with Owl’s Brew to give away a Hot Toddy Gift Pack featuring their Classic Brew, the new Coco-Lada brew (!!!), this ridiculously cute owl mug (colors will vary), and a bunch of holiday spices to flavor as you wish.

Giveaway: Owl's Brew Hot Toddy Gift Pack // stirandstrain.comPut on a fire, light up the kettle, and enter today! Check out the options below to enter and get up to 12 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Tuesday December 22nd, 2015. For more information on Owl’s Brew, visit their website. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. and Canada residents). Good Luck!

{Now Closed} Giveaway // Holiday Trio with Small Hand Foods, HOST, and The Countryman Press

Giveaway with Small Hand Foods, HOST, and The Countryman Press // stirandstrain.comAs this year comes to a close, we reflect on the past and look forward to the new. And then make us some cocktails.

Today we’re helping holiday cocktail making just that much easier with this trio from Small Hand Foods, Host, and The Countryman Press. First, Small Hand Foods has just put out a new syrup: Passion Fruit! If you’ve been around these parts often enough, you know how much I LOVE passion fruit, but loathe trying to shop around for the fruit. This syrup is the REAL DEAL and worthy of your next Hurricane. Next, you need some extra special cocktail recipes come holiday time. So why not check out these Lost Recipes of Prohibition by Matthew Rowley? Browsing through the book feels like you’re getting a secret glimpse of someone’s diaries… cocktail diaries. And lastly, you need something to put all those cocktails in! Keep your drinks cool while you’re by a hot fire with these WHISKEY FREEZE™ Cooling Cups.

Ready to party? Check out the options below to enter and get up to 10 entries to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Thursday December 10th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. and Canada residents). Good Luck!

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{Now Closed} Giveaway // Wild Drinks & Cocktails and a Hazelnut Orgeat recipe!

Giveaway - Wild Drinks & Cocktails // stirandstrain.comReady to get wild with your cocktails? No, I’m not talking about hauling out some liquid nitrogen, but instead hauling yourself out into nature and using your backyard for some cocktail inspiration. Your guide book? Wild Drinks & Cocktails by Emily Han.

Today we’ve teamed up with Fair Winds Press to offer one lucky Stir and Strain reader their very own copy of the book. Emily is a fellow Los Angeleno who empowers people to cultivate a mindful relationship with nature and nourishment. As a writer, recipe developer, educator, and herbalist she focuses on topics such as handmade food and drinks, foraging and wildcrafting, and herbs and spices. Her cookbook, Wild Drinks and Cocktails (Fair Winds Press, 2015), encompasses healthful, handcrafted beverages using local, fresh, or foraged ingredients. Passionate about growing communities, Emily is also the Communications Director for LearningHerbs.com, founder of LA Food Swap, and co-­founder of the international Food Swap Network.

Want a taste? Check out Emily’s recipe for Hazelnut Orgeat (and if you know us, we LOVE our orgeats) and enter below! Check out the options below to enter and get up to 9 entries to win. For more information on Wild Drinks, check that out here! Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST Monday November 30th, 2015. Please see terms and conditions below (sorry, only open to U.S. and Canada residents). Good Luck!

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Hazelnut Orgeat

Recipe reprinted from Wild Drinks & Cocktails by Emily Han, with permission from Fair Winds Press, copyright 2015
Yield: about 2-1/2 cups (590 ml)

2 cups (8 ounces, or 224 g) blanched hazelnuts (also known as filberts)
2 cups (470 ml) water
2 cups (400 g) sugar
Dash orange flower water (optional)

Place the hazelnuts and water in a blender or food processor. Pulse until the hazelnuts are finely chopped but not pureed. Pour the hazelnuts and water into a bowl. (To chop without a food processor, crush the hazelnuts with a rolling pin and then stir them into the water.) Cover the bowl and let stand for 8 hours or overnight.

Line a fine-mesh strainer with a fine-mesh bag or flour sack cloth and strain the liquid into a saucepan. Squeeze the bag or cloth to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the hazelnut pulp. Stir the sugar into the hazelnut liquid. Warm the mixture over low heat (but do not boil), stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and let cool. Stir in the orange flower water. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (Because this is an oil and water emulsion, the orgeat will separate in the refrigerator, so always shake well before using.)