Australian puzzle maker Stephen Chin turns beautiful objects on a lathe. His “Spinnomotto” puzzle features a vessel whose lid doubles as a spinning top. I’m toasting the Spinnomotto with another great spin, the “Spin Move” cocktail from Houston native, Speed Rack Champion and LA Rising Star Bartender Yael Vengroff. She tapped into her experiences in Mumbai, India for this one with the addition of green cardamom pods, which add an exotic, warm spice to the drink. Based with a mix of blended scotch and cognac, this sour is sweetened with elderflower liqueur and the resulting combination will make your head spin. It’s a delicious drink for a delightful box. Here’s to the fantastic twists and new spins that unlock the mysteries in life. Cheers!


Spin Move by Yael Vengroff

3 green cardamom pods

3⁄4 oz scotch blend (org. Dewar’s White Label)

3⁄4 oz cognac (orig. D’USSÉ)

3⁄4 oz lemon

1⁄2 oz simple syrup

1⁄2 oz elderflower liqueur (org. St-Germain)

1 dash Angostura bitters

Shake ingredients together with ice and strain into a favorite glass. Garnish with a lime top and take it for a spin.


To take the Spinnomotto for a spin see:

Boxes and Booze: Key Turnings (Apothecary Part IV)