Monday, February 10, 2020

New Subscription Box: EastBEV Co with 50% Off Deal!

If you like experimenting with new flavors, EastBev Co is a new subscription that I think you'll enjoy. I got to review their first box and am excited to share it with you!

*Disclaimer: This box was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review.

EastBev Co sends everything you need to create fun cocktails, minus the alcohol. It's a fun way to broaden your drink horizons, especially if you don't have easy access to Asian ingredients. You'll receive three recipe cards and enough ingredients for four servings each, making it a great way to share new drinks with friends!

EastBEV Co was created by An, Chris, and Song, to share the cocktail culture of Asia. They are unable to ship alcohol, but they include all the other ingredients you'll need to create delicious cocktails featuring spirits you can find at most liquor stores and/or Asian markets.

Here are their pricing options:
  • Monthly: $50 per month
  • Three Months: $141 every three months ($47 per box)
  • Six Months: $270 every six months ($45 per box)
  • 12 MonthsL $504 every 12 months ($42 per box)
Shipping is free with all plan options, but boxes currently ship only to the U.S.

The inaugural box highlights one of the most popular alcohols in Japan: sake! It's well-known across the world, so I think it's a great introduction to Asian cocktails for the first box.

As you can see, all of the ingredients are individually-packed. The glass bottles are sealed with plastic wrap and everything was well-protected and nothing was broken for me in transit. The box also contains several informational cards, including info about the box, sake recommendations, and -- of course -- the recipe cards.

All of the glass bottles also have ingredient labels on the back with expiration dates.

You'll need basic cocktail tools to make the drinks, such as a cocktail shaker, strainer, and jigger. If you don't have these items, I think you can still manage. I have to admit I don't have a ton of cocktail accessories, but I do have a shaker - that's one you'll definitely want to get.

Sake (pronounced sah-KAY) is Japan's national beverage. It's fermented from rice grains with a special ingredient called koji-kin, which produces enzymes that breaks down the starch in the rice to form glucose. The result is sake, which is used in Japan for all types of ceremonies and celebrations. It can be served warm or cold and from either a tall bottle called a tokkuri (toe-COO-ri) or a porcelain cup called a sakazuki (sah-kah-ZOO-key). EastBEV Co recommends trying sake both warm and chilled before making the cocktails!

There's also a card with recommendations of specific brands and types of sake. I have to admit that sake is not my favorite on its own, but I found that adding it to cocktails like these to mix up the flavors was great!

I made the Lychee Saketini first. The other drinks this month were a Yuzu Sour and Spring Flower. The Lychee Saketini included lemon juice, lychee syrup, and a lemon wedge garnish (keep in mind, all of the cocktails include sake as the alcoholic ingredient). The Yuzu Sour included yuzu juice, simple syrup, optional egg white, and Angostura bitters and the Spring Flower included lemon juice, cherry blossom syrup, mint leaves, and soda water or ginger beer.

I wanted to try the Lychee Saketini first because I love lychee. This cocktail was slightly bitter, slightly sweet, and slightly floral. It was very refreshing and easy to make!
Bottom Line: EastBEV Co is a really fun box. I enjoyed learning new cocktail recipes with Asian ingredients and hope that they feature Korean beverages in the future. I'm excited to see what they have in store!

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