Our First Ever Style Guide

 

Cocktails are deeply personal. It's no wonder that trying to buy a drink for a friend or loved one, let alone a full cocktail kit, can be intimidating. We want to take that intimidation factor out of our shopping experience, so we've created our first ever Style Guide. With sixteen different personality and taste categories, we think our suggestions will spark an idea for everyone on your gift list. Instead of going with a generic gift stand-by, consider opting for our unique, experience-based alternative. 

Click on over to our Style Guide page to read the full details. 

 

 

 

December 16, 2016 by Kat Rudberg

Which Cocktail Would Your Favorite Character Drink?

TV and movie characters, they're just like us! They unwind from a tough day or start the party with a cocktail in hand. They celebrate with a toast or drown their sorrows in a bottle. For fun, we've imagined which of our cocktail kits our favorite pop culture characters would pick for themselves. Check it out below and maybe you'll even get a gift idea for the Don Draper or Linda Belcher in your life.

1. Tyrion Lannister: the MULLED GIN FIZZ kit

Mulled Gin Fizz Cocktail Kit

(Game of Thrones, HBO)

This is what he does; he drinks and he knows things. Mulled wine will keep him warm (winter is coming here after all), while a shot of gin drives the personal dragons away. 

 

 

2. Sugar Kane Kowalczyk: the CLASSIC MANHATTAN kit

Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It HotClassic Manhattan Whiskey Cocktail Kit

(Some Like It Hot, United Artists)

“How’s the bottle? "Half full." "We've got bourbon. We can make Manhattans!" Marilyn Monroe’s Sugar Kane knew a Manhattan was good at anytime of the night.

 

 

3. Karen Walker: the LUSTY LADY kit

Gin Lavender Lemon Cocktail Kit

(Will & Grace, NBC)

Karen Walker: a lusty lady (natch) and always with a cocktail in hand.

 

 

4. Don Draper: the CLASSIC OLD FASHIONED kit

Classic Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit

(Mad Men, AMC)

It doesn't get much more Don Draper than the Old Fashioned. He keeps it classic and just like this cocktail, he doesn't go out of style.

 

 

5. Linda Belcher: the CUCUMBER JALAPENO MARGARITA kit

Cucumber Jalapeno Margarita Tequila Cocktail Kit

(Bob's Burgers, Fox)

Linda is the mom that loves to have fun. She’d appreciate getting her veggies in while drinking, as well as having a cocktail that packs enough spice to liven up any party. 

 

 

6. Captain Jack Sparrow: the MAI TAI kit

Mai Tai Tiki Cocktail Kit

(Pirates of the Caribbean, Walt Disney Pictures)

Don't worry, Cap’n Jack. Our Mai Tai includes TWO bottles of rum, as well as a premium dry curaçao, for a tiki cocktail fit for anyone stranded on an island.

 

 

7. Frank Underwood: the MINT JULEP kit

(House of Cards, Netflix)

Frank usually drinks his bourbon neat but we think he’d make an exception for this traditional southern cocktail. The Mint Julep is just a big boozy drink anyways, with a hint of sugar and a refreshing burst of mint.

 

 

 

8. The Dude: the MOSCOW MULE kit

Moscow Mule Cocktail Kit

(The Big Lebowski, Gramercy Pictures)

Yeah, yeah - we all know his drink of choice is the White Russian. But we think his digestive system will eventually need a cocktail not so heavy on the cream. Cue the Moscow Mule, a delicious yet easy vodka cocktail for the laziest of imbibers. 

 

 

9. Ron Burgundy: the PENICILLIN & ROB ROY kit

Penicillin & Roy Roy Scotch Cocktail Kit

(Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, DreamWorks Pictures)

Scotch, scotch, scotch. Ron loves his scotch and this kit comes with two different kinds of scotchy goodness. 'Nuff said.

 

10. Christina Yang & Meredith Grey: the CLASSIC MARGARITA kit

Classic Margarita Cocktail Kit

(Grey's Anatomy, ABC)

Known for guzzling tequila shots; this wild pair would love our kit for making top shelf margaritas. That is before they got too sauced and just started slamming the bottle again.

 

 

11. Lana Kane: the CLASSIC MARTINI kit

Classic Martini Cocktail Kit

(Archer, FX)

James Bond ain't got nothing on Lana Kane. This badass spy would love our Classic Martini. It's sophisticated yet packs a punch, just like Lana.  

 

12. Sam Axe: the CLASSIC MOJITO kit

Sam Axe in Burn NoticeClassic Mojito Cocktail Kit

(Burn Notice, USA)

Sam Axe loves mojitos, the military, and Miami. The only question is how many Mojito kits he'll need.

 

 

13. Carrie Bradshaw: the COSMOPOLITAN kit

Sex & the CityCosmo Cocktail Kit

(Sex & the City, HBO)

Carrie and the gang basically put Cosmos on the map. Our recipe is a more sophisticated take that we think the -ahem- more mature ladies would appreciate these days.

 

 

14. Antoine Batiste: the SAZERAC kit

Antoine Batiste from TremeSazerac Rye Whiskey Cocktail Kit

(Treme, HBO)

Antoine loves NOLA music, NOLA food, and NOLA ladies. Obviously, he'd pick this classic NOLA cocktail. 

 

 

15. Calamity Jane: the AGED MANHATTAN kit

Calamity Jane from DeadwoodAged Manhattan Barrel Aged Whiskey Cocktail Kit

(Deadwood, HBO)

Jane loved her whiskey and was known for being a bit lax in the cleanliness department. We think she’d enjoy the laziness of the Aged Manhattan. Mix a batch ahead of time and then drink all week long. If it lasts that long...

 

 

16. Forest Gump: the SALTED CARAMEL APPLE SOUR kit

Salted Caramel Apple Sour Apple Brandy Cocktail Kit

(Forest Gump, Paramount Pictures)

Forest is as American as apple pie and has a known sweet tooth (15 Dr. Peppers?!). We think a grown-up Forest would enjoy the balance of tart apple brandy and sweet caramel syrup in this seasonal cocktail.

 

 

17. Dexter Morgan: the BLOOD ORANGE HABANERO MARG kit

Dexter Morgan from DexterBlood Orange Habanero Margarita Tequila Cocktail Kit

(Dexter, Showtime)

Dexter wouldn't be able to pass up a blood orange cocktail with dangerous spice levels. 

 

 

18. William Wallace: the HUDSON HIGHLAND CUP kit

William Wallace from BraveheartHudson Highland Cup Scotch Cocktail Kit

(Braveheart, Paramount Pictures)

No question- it's scotch and hard apple cider for this Highlander. Both are proven to help in battle, we think.

 

 

19. Amélie: the JULIET & ROMEO Kit

Juliet & Romeo Gin Cocktail Kit

(Amélie, UGC-Fox Distribution)

The romantic and adventurous Amélie would appreciate this delicate, floral cocktail with gin and rose water.

 

 

20. Olivia Pope: the MILK THISTLE SPRITZ kit

Olivia Pope in Scandal Milk Thistle Spritz Apertif Cocktail Kit

(Scandal, ABC)

Obviously, wine is Olivia's drink of choice. But milk thistle is said to help with hangovers, so we think she'd give this apéritif cocktail a chance. Plus, she wouldn't be afraid of the ruby red color, considering how much red wine she never spills on white clothing. (Girl's got skills.) 

 

21. Marge Gunderson: the OLD DUTCHMAN kit

Marge from FargoOld Dutchman Bourbon Maple Syrup Cocktail Kit

(Fargo, Gramercy Pictures)

We think Marge would appreciate the warming sensation of spicy bourbon, along with the comfort of maple syrup. Plus Fargo, ND seems like just the kind of place that appreciates birch beer.

 

 

22. O-Ren Ishii: the SEVEN SPICE SOUR kit

Seven Spice Sour Sake Cocktail Kit

(Kill Bill, Miramax Films)

O-Ren Ishii is the queen of the Tokyo underworld, so she'd clearly enjoy a sophisticated sake cocktail with potent spice hidden just underneath the surface.

 

  

23. Captain Jean-Luc Picard: the HOT TODDY kit

Captain Picard, Star TrekHot Toddy Chamomile Rum Cocktail Kit

(Star Trek: TNG, CBS)

Earl Grey, hot. But how about a chamomile hot toddy? We think Jean-Luc would dig the chamomile syrup and tea in the Star Superior and Hot Toddy kit. 

 

 

24. John Michael Dorian (J.D.): the AMARETTO SOUR kit

John Dorian from ScrubsAmaretto Sour Cocktail Kit

(Scrubs, ABC/NBC)

The bright green Appletini was J.D.'s drink of choice, so he's not afraid to rock a "feminine" drink. Our recipe includes cask-strength bourbon, for a perfect balance of sweet and boozy that J.D. might need after a long day at the hospital.

 

 

25. John McClane: the WILD ROVER kit

Wild Rover Irish Whiskey Cocktail Kit

(Die Hard, 20th Century Fox)

This patriot loves whiskey but with his Irish roots, we think he’d enjoy the masculine simplicity of the Wild Rover. 

 

 

26. Bob Harris: the YAKUZA OLD FASHIONED kit

(Lost in Translation, Focus Features)

Between filming his Suntory ads, Bob Harris would definitely sip on a Yakuza Old Fashioned featuring japanese whiskey, burnt sugar syrup, and five spice bitters.

 

December 11, 2016 by Kat Rudberg

We're Back, Baby!

So... it's been awhile. Ok, actually a really long time since we last updated this blog. Since those early days, we've been pretty busy. Instead of updating the blog, we produced quite a few new cocktail kits, debuted a new logo and packaging, created cool new recipe card graphics, traveled around the globe for the best cocktails, and continued to offer top notch service.

I'll be posting a more thorough update of what we've been up to in the past three years since CT opened for business but for now, stay tuned. New posts will be coming to the blog in the near future. Probably...

Cheers, 

 

December 10, 2016 by Kat Rudberg

Learn more about July's Cucumber Jalapeño Rita

I don't know a single person that doesn't think MARGARITA once the summer hits. It's a perfect warm weather cocktail; refreshing and tart but potent as hell. So I knew early on that I wanted to feature a margarita to our cocktail club in July.

After some tough research (read: not tough but delicious), I settled on the Cucumber Jalapeño Rita from Jack Allen's Kitchen in Austin, Texas. This is a modern version, made with muddled cucumber and jalapeño, reposado tequila, and elderflower liqueur. I really enjoy the play of flavors going on in this 'rita and I'm not alone. Local Austinites voted it the best unique margarita in town last year.

Once I reached out to the folks at JAK, we got a little more insight into the Cucumber Jalapeño Rita from the creator and current Beverage Manager, David Toby. Here he is in his own words:

"The Cucumber Jalapeño Rita was inspired by wanting to do something a bit different and have a cocktail that was cooling for the Texas heat, but still had that nice peppery flavor.

"So my thinking [in creating the cocktail] was the cool comes from the fresh cucumbers and the perfect peppery taste in the jalapeño. Then I add some fresh lime and a little simple syrup because I dislike margaritas that are too sweet or have all those preservatives. Next, I had to find a great reposado tequila, as I like mixing with rested tequilas to give it more depth. I went with Ambhar Reposado, a locally owned tequila. And then I wanted to switch it up a bit and not use a traditional orange liqueur, but rather St. Germain elderflower liqueur and fresh cilantro (instead of a lime wedge) to garnish, which makes this summer fling the perfect cocktail!"

David also gave us some tips on working with peppers in cocktails.

"I like me some heat when it comes to creating cocktails but it is very easy to go overkill & ruin the drink with too much heat!  Jalapeños are great because they're not too spicy and provide a nice pepper flavor. I recommend removing the center of the pepper (seeds and membrane) to cut the heat back and still get the flavor of the jalapeño.  You should also always taste first because depending on the season, peppers can run medium to very hot!

"When infusing with jalapeños cut the pepper open but leave the seeds in.  Usually your infusion is ready within 3 days, but once again it will get a little more heat with every day.

"Enjoy making drinks with jalapeños or any pepper cause that's how we do it in Texas!"

These great tips proved their worth the first time I created the 'rita in our test kitchen. Of course, I proved it by completely ignoring David's advice. Without testing the pepper beforehand, my cocktail turned out face-meltingly HOT. Listen to the pros, folks!

In celebration of National Tequila Day on July 24th, here is David Toby's Cucumber Jalapeño Rita recipe:

Ingredients
1 1⁄2 oz Ambhar Reposado Tequila (or reposado of choice)
3⁄4 oz St. Germain (Elderflower Liqueur)
2 fresh jalapeno slices (no seeds, keep them for more heat!)
3 fresh cucumber slices (cut center out of them)
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1 oz simple syrup
cilantro garnish


Procedure
1) In a cocktail shaker: add 2 slices jalapeño, 3 slices of cucumber & 1 oz of simple syrup
2) Muddle gently
3) Add scoop of ice & 1 oz lime juice
4) Add 1.5 oz tequila
5) Add 3⁄4 oz St. Germain
6) Shake all ingredients together and pour into margarita glass or cocktail glass.
7) Garnish piece of cilantro


We shipped all the ingredients needed to make the Cucumber Jalapeño Rita to our subscribers this month. You can purchase an individual kit or subscribe to our cocktail club.

 

Cheers!

July 23, 2014 by Kat Rudberg

VIDEO: How to Make the Arnold Collins Cocktail

Our latest cocktail how-to video has been added to the Crafted Taste YouTube Channel. Watch as I run through the ingredients of our June Cocktail Kit and show you how to make the Arnold Collins.

 

July 08, 2014 by Kat Rudberg

Crafted Taste Featured on Drinking in America

The booze-loving hounds at Drinking in America recently featured us on their blog. Here's an excerpt: 

"It’s the most genius idea we never came up with. A box arrives on your doorstep each month with all of the ingredients you need to make a delicious cocktail, mixers and booze included. This lovely delivery can now be yours thanks to Crafted Taste."

May 23, 2014 by Kat Rudberg
Tags: news

Come visit us at Tanjerine in Indy!

On Saturday night (4/19), hundreds of people will come together to celebrate the film, fashion, food and cocktail scenes here in Indianapolis. We thought this would be a perfect event to introduce more people to Crafted Taste
April 11, 2014 by Kat Rudberg

Crafted Taste Featured on FOX59 in Indianapolis

Kat visited the FOX59 Morning News studio this week to talk about our monthly subscription service and (or course) whip up a quick cocktail. Watch this quick clip to see her in action!
April 11, 2014 by Kat Rudberg
Tags: news

VIDEOS: How to Make our March Featured Cocktails!

We've added two new how-to videos to our Crafted Taste YouTube Channel. Watch and learn how to mix March's Fresh Harvest and The Long Pink cocktails...

 

April 02, 2014 by Kat Rudberg

Phoenix New Times Highlights Crafted Taste Cocktail Subscription

Heather Hoch from Phoenix New Times Chow Bella blog wrote this lovely profile on us. Here's an excerpt:

"Like a boozy BirchBox, Kat Rudberg's brand-new subscription service, Crafted Taste,will send craft liquors, fresh ingredients, bar tools, and recipes direct to your door every month. With recipes from top bartenders all across the country and specialized liqueurs, syrups, and bitters, Rudberg has combined her love of travel and craft cocktails into her business, offering hard-to-find ingredients and expert instruction for the more hermitic aspiring mixologists."

March 14, 2014 by Kat Rudberg
Tags: news