Mail order bartender, anyone?

 Behold: the makings of the Java Royale cocktail, delivered to my greedy hands.

Behold: the makings of the Java Royale cocktail, delivered to my greedy hands.

There are so many boxes right now. 

More specifically, there’s an ever-growing and increasingly diverse world of subscription boxes. For any need you may have, you can sign up to receive a boxfull of items curated just for you. Healthy snacks? Trending outfits? Paleo dinner regimes? Check, check, check.

Well, a new box recently landed on my doorstep, courtesy of Drambuie—and this one is for cocktails. I don’t just mean single bottles of whiskey or stray shakers of bitters. I received an entire set of measured ingredients to make one specific cocktail for a roomfull of people, complete with a recipe and accompanying garnishes. Basically, I got a mail order bartender.

 Included recipe cards tell you exactly how to set up your shaker.

Included recipe cards tell you exactly how to set up your shaker.

Cocktail Courier wants to give you the “bartender’s choice” experience at home. You specify which spirits you prefer, while the company works with various bartenders to create and deliver cocktail sets that match your tastes. Each box comes with everything you need to put together between four and twelve individual drinks (sharing or hoarding is up to you).

The little shipment I received housed a full ten servings of the Java Royale, a buzzy blend created by Vance Henderson in Washington DC. It consists of stalwart Drambuie (which you know I love), darling Green Chartreuse, and smooth vanilla coffee from Chameleon Cold-Brew. Finally, it's topped off with a skewer of candied ginger.

Preparing the drink was super simple. The combined flavors of herbs, honey, coffee, vanilla, and ginger was silky and complex. And 

Now I either need to drink nine more…or make nine friends. Either way, I have work to do.

 If there's coffee in it, you can drink it in the morning. That's the rule.

If there's coffee in it, you can drink it in the morning. That's the rule.