Saturday, February 23, 2013

February Julibox

Julibox is a subscription box for those who like the beverages of the adult variety. Each month Julibox sends out a recipes for two different cocktails and all the ingredients necessary to make them (minus any fresh fruit).  Each cocktail will be enough to serve two people so basically you get four cocktails per box.  Julibox cost $40 if you do a month to month membership and can go as low as $36 a month if you sign up for a 6 month membership.  Shipping is included in all prices.  The nice thing about the 3, 6 or 2 month memberships is they don't bill you in advance they still be you once a month.  I signed up for a 6 month subscription and this is my third box.

They say you can buy more of anything you like in their shop but when I clicked on their store page the only thing for sale were some older boxes which were all sold out. 

This months theme is Lovers and Revelers in celebration of Valentine's Day and Mardi Gras. 

The good: 

Like new drinks: This is a great way to try new drinks without buying a full size bottle of alcohol.

Need a gift: You can gift Julibox. What a better way to say thanks than with a cocktail.

Monthly billing: I like that if you sign up for 3 months or longer they still bill you monthly.  If you cancel before the end of the subscription term they will charge you $15.00 This seems like a fair deal to me.

The not so good:

Price: The price ends up being $9-$10 per drink which is right around regular bar prices.  The benefit is you can drink in the comfort of your own home. 

      This is the email that they send about a week before you receive your box.  It tells you what ingredients you will need to make your drinks.  I think this is great!

This is how the products are shipped.  There is plenty of packing material and each bottle is wrapped in tissue. I didn't take a picture but each drink has it's own color tissue making it easy to identify the ingredients.

This is the front and back of the included recipe cards.  They list all the things you will need down the the type of glass and how to mix the drink.  The even include a toast and rating area for you to fill out.  These are printed on heavy card stock and can be saved for future reference.  The also have instructional videos on their website to view. 

These are the ingredients for the two drinks.  They even included a muddler!

Cocktail #1 French 75

50 ml bottle of Bulldog Gin. Value = $1.99

50 ml bottle of Courvoisier Cognac. Value = $5.99

Jaume Serra Cristalino CAVA. Value = $3.99

The total value of this cocktail recipe is $11.97 for two drinks.  This drink can be made two different ways either with gin OR cognac and they included both alcohols. 

Cocktail #2 Strawberry Cobbler

(2) 50 ml bottles of Grand Marnier. Value = $4.99/ea.

Mionetto Prosecco D.o.c. Treviso. Value = $3.99

Muddler. Value = $4.00 (approximate)

The total value of this cocktail recipe is $12.98 for two drinks.

I made the Strawberry Cobbler the other night.  I would say it was good but there wasn't enough of it and it was a little sweet.  It would make a nice summer backyard cocktail. 

The total value in this box is $24.95.  That's about $6.24 per drink and the cost of the box is $9-$10 per drink. I like being able to try the drinks without having to buy full size bottles of alcohol.  Also it's nice to have the recipes they include for reference. I've made little notes so I remember what I liked and didn't like about the drink.   

Verdict: I'm liking this box more and more. 

**I am not any type of sponsor paid or unpaid for Julibox. I purchase these subscriptions myself

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