Smokin’ Old Fashioned Crate
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Party Like it’s 1879
The Old Fashioned Cocktail is a classic drink. It was already old when Thomas Edison ordered it in 1879, almost a decade before the 19th state joined the union. Shortly afterward, he invented the light bulb. Coincidence? You decide.
Of course, there’s always room to innovate. So because our taste buds have evolved to enjoy more than just sugar and water, we ditched the simple syrup in favor of some delicious pecan smoked maple.
The Smokin’ Old Fashioned Crate is a tasteful tribute to the very first bartenders who were knocking it out of the park before there were actual parks to knock it out of.
Jun 9th 2018
Delicious and nutritious
I’m not an old fashioned expert (just a regular expert..) but I can definitely say this kit makes a great tasting drink!! My husband and our friends really enjoyed it. The ice mold is super cool (so punny) and the syrup has an amazing smell. The bitters really makes the taste smooth. Love the concept of the wooden box and crow bar. I would definitely recommend this box for someone that likes drinking old fashioneds or is into mixology, for sure makes a thoughtful gift.
Jun 8th 2018
I've given Man Crates to friends and family many times before but this was the first time I've received one and it was an amazing experience.
Just opening the crate is a gift-worthy experience in itself. Cracking open a wooden crate with a steel crowbar is something you'll never forget. When I opened the crate, I was half expecting to find the crate filled with straw like the Major Award from A Christmas Story, but instead it was very well packaged using expanded foam perfectly cut to hold the fragile pieces in place during shipment.
The first thing I noticed was the heft of the glasses. They have a very good feel to them and are clearly high quality. The etching in the glass is also a very nice touch reminiscent of old fashioned style glasses from the 50's and 60's with the starburst motif.
The maple syrup came in a rather substantial bottle that will definitely last a long time. I was expecting a small, travel sized bottle, but this one was regular sized. When I opened it to smell it, I was very surprised as well. Instead of the normal, cloyingly sweet smell you normally get from maple syrup, it smelled more of Mesquite than of sugar which was intriguing. It also was less viscous than normal maple syrup having no problem being poured into the cups without making a mess.
The bitters bottle was pretty much exactly what I expected except that the glass pipette was detached from the rubber top. It wasn't much of an issue getting the pipette out of the bottle and pushing it into the rubber top, but it was a bit of a needless pain. I realize of course that this is par for the course when it comes to these, but it'd be nice if I didn't have to go through the minor inconvenience.
The ice cube tray is especially cool. As you can see from the pictures, the tray is filled through small holes in the top of the blue silicone piece which snaps into the grey plastic tray with some force. The tray was leak proof and easy to fill. When the ice was fully formed and I took the icosahedrons out of the mold, I was surprised at how clear they were. They were like little sculptures in my glass. My wife was so amazed that she said that this was going to be her go-to ice cube tray from now on.
The crate came with everything I needed to make an Old Fashioned except the Whiskey (of course) and the sugar cubes which are traditionally used in Old Fashioned cocktails. The included recipe didn't call for sugar cubes but I had some anyway.
The way I made my first Old Fashioned was that I took two small sugar cubes and put them in the glass. Then I dripped some bitters directly onto the sugar cubes (about 2 drops per cube). After that I put about a teaspoon of the smokey maple syrup into it and a dash of water. I crushed the sugar cubes with a spoon as I didn't have a pestle on hand and mixed it all together until all the ingredients were combined. Then I took one of the ice-cohedrons and put it into the glass and then poured about 2 ounces of Whiskey over the ice, stirring everything together. I then cut a slice of lemon peel and put it on top. It was one of the best cocktails I've ever had. The drink had a very nice smokey taste to it with subtle fruity hints from the lemon peel which helped even out the flavors. I don't drink much, but this was definitely something I could drink every night.
The greatest gift of Man Crates isn't necessarily the things you get with it. I could've easily picked up all these items from stores within walking distance of where I live. Instead, what you get from it is the priceless gift of an amazing experience. Things come and go; experiences stay with you for the rest of your life and I'll never forget making my first Old Fashioned thanks to Man Crates or taking a steel crowbar in my hands and cracking open a wooden crate.
Jun 8th 2018
Best Old Fashion I’ve had
Received this today and had to try it out. The smoked maple syrup gives the drink a great smoked flavor. It was the best old fashion I’ve ever drank.
Jun 7th 2018
I’m jealous! This crate was for my husband, but oh my goodness, can I just say we both are loving it!?!! The smokey flavor of the maple syrup is amazing! My husband loves Old Fashions so this was perfect for him. But now they may be my new favorite as well! The bitters are amazing too! It’s always been hard for me to find bitters that make a drink good but wow! These are great!! The glasses are made in Germany and much nicer than I expected. The crate is great and makes the gift fun and unique! I highly recommend!!