Things are really heating up at Boxes and Booze headquarters. The kindling is ready, the wood and whiskey set out. We just need something to help get it all started … does anyone have a match?

Ahhh, I found one. Here’s a beautiful little matchbook which should help, crafted from exotic hardwoods, and keeping a secret, too. A well matched cocktail conflagration is this classically styled whiskey stunner from Houston’s Chris Frankel, who created it for Spare Key, his bartender’s choice little gem which showcased his creative talents during its brief but brilliant lifespan in midtown. Named for a private joke about the social media dating app, his “Tinder Box” proved immensely popular at his bar. Combining bourbon, Bual Madeira, Pimm’s #1, maraschino liqueur and orange bitters, the Tinder Box is a seriously savory sipper which might just light your fire. Here’s to fanning the flames of inspiration. Cheers!


Tinder Box by Chris Frankel

1 ½ oz bourbon
¼ oz maraschino liqueur
¾ oz Bual Madeira
½ oz Pimm’s #1
2 dashes orange bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a favorite glass. Garnish with a lemon peel and a cherry... and get the fire started.


Fire and love different as night is to day
But none the less….
Both consume and may warm a being
Or leave one with nothing but ashes
Patricia Gale

For more about this illuminating puzzle box and the full article see:

Boxes and Booze: Playing with Fire