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September 06, 2016

See what we sent in our August subscription boxes

Our Batch Subscription Discovery Box that we sent in August helps our subscribers turn from the heat of summer to the cool nights of early Autumn. 

The Men's Standard

Batch Subscription Discovery Box - Men's Standard

Featured items:

  • Prohibition Popcorn
  • Walker Creek TN Whiskey Caramel
  • Red Clay Hot Sauce
  • Southern Firefly Nashville Candle
  • Little Seed Farm Bourbon Soap

The Men's Deluxe

The Batch Subscription Discovery Box - Men's Deluxe

Featured items:

  • Prohibition Popcorn
  • Walker Creek TN Whiskey Caramel
  • Southern Firefly Nashville Candle
  • Little Seed Farm Bourbon Soap
  • Moonshine Boot Wax Original
  • Batch Cheers Flask

The Women's Standard 

The Batch Subscription Discovery Box - Women's Standard

Featured items:

  • Blackjack Candle Co.
  • Catspring Tea Stateside Chai
  • Benjamin Soap Co Lavender Shea
  • Antiquaria Notebook Jotter

The Family Standard

The Batch Subscription Discovery Box - The Family Standard

Featured items:

  • Kerby Lane Pancake Mix
  • Batch Good Morning Tea Towel
  • Revelator Coffee
  • Haulin Oats Small Cinnamon Girl
  • Trubee Honey Sticks

The Family Deluxe

The Batch Subscription Discovery Box - Family Deluxe

Featured items:

  • Kerby Lane Pancake Mix
  • Batch Good Morning Tea Towel
  • Revelator Coffee
  • Haulin Oats Small Cinnamon Girl
  • Trubee Honey Sticks
  • Southern Belle Biscuit Cutters
  • Southern Belle Biscuit Mix
  • Village Provisions Morning Bread
  • Loveless Maple Syrup

Don't miss out on the next shipment in November. PIck out your subscription today

August 22, 2016

Getting Our Mule On with White's Elixirs

We've been slinging the good stuff (simple syrups) that White's Elixirs has been crafting nearly since we opened the doors here at Batch. So it's super exciting to share their new line: the Moscow Mule Mix.

Moscow Mule Mix from White's Elixirs | made in Nashville, TN

We had a chance to chat with Brad White, founder, to get his take on the new product, as well as where we're going for a tasty cocktail in Nashville (his treat). 

Batch: How and why did you start making White's Elixirs? What was the Aha! moment?
Brad: I'm a huge craft cocktail fan. One night about a year ago, I was at Patterson House and had a drink that called for Saigon cinnamon syrup. So, my brother (Kyle White) and I did some experimenting and research and pulled it off.

Then, friends and family started using our new syrup for coffee, hot tea, different foods - all kinds of stuff. We thought we might be onto something and decided to sell it. Then Batch Nashville wanted 1200 bottles!

Batch: Tell us about your new Moscow Mule mixer.
Brad: It's super simple. It combines great tasting fresh ginger and lime juice. All you need is club soda, ice, and vodka and you've got a killer Moscow Mule cocktail ready to drink down. 

Batch: Why have you decided to live/work/play in Nashville? What do you love about this city?
Brad: We were born and raised here. We feel like we've grown up with the city. It would be hard to live anywhere else. The selection of bars and restaurants is amazing. We truly have some incredible innovators here, really on par with some of the best drinks I've had in other cocktail Meccas, like NYC and DC.

Batch: Let's say it's Friday afternoon and we're wrapping up work. Where are you taking the Batch team out for cocktails?
Brad: I think we'd have to start somewhere like Pinewood Social, then maybe finish up the night at a more boisterous venue, maybe 308 or South.

Sounds good to us. 

Be sure to snag the new Moscow Mule Mix for your home bar by clicking here. 

July 25, 2016

Nashville's Best Milkshakes

When it's sweltering out, then there's only one thing you need: more milkshake.

(More cowbell is always a close second, no matter the temp.)

In order to stay cool in Nashville, here are our top 10 milkshake options, as chosen by our Nashville team (stop in our retail store to thank them for their genius-ness).

1) Bobbie’s Dairy Dip

Bobbie's Dairy Dip | Milkshakes and burgers in Nashville, TN

The original walk up window. Order The James Brown.

2) Fat Mo’s

Stay in your car. Eat a burger as big as your face while you're at it.

3) Elliston Place Soda Shop

Elliston Place Soda Shop | Nashville milkshakes

They know what they're doing, and have been for 75 years.

4) The Pharmacy

The Pharmacy | Burgers, beer, and shakes in East Nashville

Sit outside and grab a craft beer to wash down your shake.

5) Pied Piper Creamery

Take a stroll down some East Nashville sidewalks while you sip your shake.

6) Burger Republic

With two locations, a great shake is always nearby.

7) Gabby’s

Live the dream with these simple - but perfect - shakes. 

8) Dalt’s

Dalt's American Grill | Nashville milkshakes

Diner vibes make their shakes seem even colder and sweeter. 

9) The FlipSide

You want doo wop with that shake? Of course you do.

10 ) The Band Box

The Band Box Nashville | Nashville Sounds | Whiskey and Coke ICEE

The whiskey and Coke ICEE isn't technically a shake, but we don't care. It's on the list.

(And click here to see our roundup of Austin's best shakes and ice cream.)

July 20, 2016

The Coolest Milkshakes and Ice Cream in Austin

In these dog days of summer, you need to get cool and stay cool - fast. Thank goodness George Washington invented the milkshake 700 years ago today (or so we're told).

But where do you get one of these cold beauties? Take our advice and stop in at any of these five spots to get a milkshake or ice cream that will bring the boys (and girls) to the yard. 

1) Lick Honest Ice Creams

Lick Ice Cream | Honest Ice Cream from Austin, TX

Lick is "honest ice cream." They only use the finest ingredients and local Texas farmers and artisans. Interesting flavors fill their menu: Dark Chocolate with Olive Oil & Sea Salt, Texas Sheet Cake, Too Hot Chocolate (featuring our purveyor friends Srsly Chocolate), Goat Cheese, Thyme & Honey (one of their most popular flavors), and Roasted Beets & Fresh Mint. They also feature dairy free and vegan options

2) Hopdoddy

Hopdoddy | Burgers and craft beer restaurant in Austin, TX

We love Hopdoddy for their incredibly flavorful and yummy hamburgers, but we love them even more for their signature shakes. Some of our favorites: Oreo Cookie, Caramel & Sea Salt, Red Velvet Cake, Nutella, and Chocolate Pretzel.


Gourmet ice cream and fresh baked cookies in Austin, TX

This is truly ice cream Cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth. Moojo stands for "Moments of Joy" and after eating one of these treats, you're sure to feel exactly that. After all, everything is made with love and all natural, fresh ingredients. (They also cater weddings and events.)

4) Spun Ice Cream

Spun Ice Cream | Artisan ice cream and milkshakes in Austin, TX

Spun's ice cream is unique because they use liquid nitrogen in the freezing process. Why? Because it tastes better that way. (Thank you, science!) Chef Christina offers a rotating menu of house-made original pairings, such as chocolate waffle cones, Texas pecan brittle, corn cookie crumble, citrus confetti, pickled jalapeño glass, and caramel popcorn sprinkles.

5) Gelateria Gemelli

Gelateria Gemelli | Gelato, cocktails, and coffee bar in Austin, TX

Gelato, coffee, AND cocktails? Oh, my! This adorable shop is sure to delight. Located right off East 6th, you can pop by for a gelato to go or stay awhile and sit by the window. Best of all, they're open late!

July 18, 2016

Ways to Make Your Airbnb Stand Out

If you want to make your Airbnb stand out from the hundreds - or, more like it, thousands - of others in town, then these few quick and affordable fixes will help you get the attention of guests very quickly

Upgrade the soap

Even if your guest is packing her own assortment of bath products, a higher end soap in your shower can transform a bathroom into a spa (well, almost). For example, this memorable body wash from Latika has an instant detoxifying action and is composed of pure organic vegetable oils, scented with a unique blend of Vetiver, Mint and Patchouli.

 Austin, TX Airbnb gift ideas | Latika charcoal body wash

Coffee? Tea? Both.

Your guests - after an awesome night out in your city - will need something to get them going in the morning. Showcase the unique coffee roasted nearby instead of the cheap stuff from the grocery store. Better yet, make sure you have some flavorful teas on hand, too, to round out the breakfast experience.

Make it smell memorable

Sure, your place looks clean before each guest arrives. But does it smell clean? A few spritzes of a robust room spray will provide a fresh atmosphere and a zen-like mood. We suggest you go with this Caribbean Driftwood option from Southern Firefly.

 Southern Firefly Room Spray | Nashville themed Airbnb gifts

Help them write home

No one writes letters or postcards anymore. Until they stay at your place. Go to your favorite local shop and grab some local letter sets or postcards. Even put a stamp on them and leave them out on the desk or table for your guests to find. They'll be prompted to send a postcard to Mom, or they may even simply be thankful for the free souvenir. 

With Love From Nashville stationery set | Airbnb gift ideas from Nashville

We can't all afford to outfit our place with the latest sound system, install granite countertops, or add a rooftop pool. But we can offer up a few perks that make sure guests leave a happier review.

And, if you're ever interested in Airbnb gifts for your place, drop us a line so we can tell you more about our customized gift and welcome service.

July 15, 2016

New Places to Eat in Austin

Whether you call Austin home or will be visiting soon, these are the 6 hottest, new places you have to check out. 

Irene's | hot new Austin, TX restaurant


Irene's is located off West 6th street and is a new adorable gem I can't get enough of.

What I love: their (yummy) adorable soft serve with sprinkles, Easy Tiger cinnamon roles, record playing, $3 rose on the weekends and biscuit & booze brunch. AND! I love how the decor feels like a living room I wish I owned. This place is my new favorite hang on West 6th.

Snooze, an A.M. Eatery opens in Austin, TX


Brunch, brunch, we love brunch! It's my favorite meal of the day and Snooze AM is serving some of the best around and they encourage custom creations!

What to order: 1) Their Spuds Deluxe (a heaping portion of their hash browns topped with cheese, scallions and your choice of two fillings (we recommend an egg!); 2) Their Bella! Bella! Benny - Thin slices of prosciutto, Taleggio cheese, and perfectly poached eggs on toasted ciabatta, topped with cream cheese hollandaise, balsamic glaze and arugula; 3) Any of their pancakes - they have so many mouth watering options to choose from!

Kitty Cohen's | new bar and lounge in Austin, TX

Kitty Cohen's

Webberville Road just got a whole lot cooler with Kitty Cohen's on their block. This is a 1970's Palm Beach lounge serving up some delicious signature cocktails. And they have a public watering hole/pool (o you can bring your suit or just dip your toes) - the perfect way to cool off on these hot Texas nights.

Nightcap | cool new restaurant and bar in Austin, TX


Serving up delicious desserts (and more) & cocktails in a beautiful house off West 6th street? I'm there! Nightcap serves not only desserts and cocktails but savory bites, boozy milkshakes and brunch!

To try: Peanut Butter in a Jam boozy milkshake (peanut butter ice cream, deep eddy vodka, strawberry jam), the housemade pretzel, or the roasted beets (just to name a few of my favorites).

Thai-Kun | new restaurant in East Austin


The Rock Rose in the Domain is the new hot spot to hang in North Austin and Thai-Kun is serving up some exceptional dishes sure to wow your taste buds, like their Sticky Rice, Thai-Kun Fried Chicken served with pickled cabbage and cold cucumber. I also love their fresh fish cakes. They are open 4 days a week from 1p-1:45a.

General Tso'Boy | New sandwich shop in Domain in Austin, TX

General Tso'Boy

Also located on Rock Rose in the Domain is General Tso'Boy, An American Chinese Sandwhich Shop. Try their Honey Walnut Shrimp, their Cheeseburger Springrolls, or their General TSO Chicken Sammie. All sandwiches can be substituted for a salad. 

Where is your new favorite Austin spot to eat or drink?

July 14, 2016

Talking Nashville With Belle Founder Armand Lauzon

Recently, Batch partnered with Belle to offer an exclusive platinum version of our Nashville Spa Day gift batch. Now, you can give someone an enhanced local spa experience because they'll receive a gift card they can use towards any services Belle provides, such as a massage, manicure, or hair styling.

Nashville Spa Day Platinum Gift Batch

We had a chance to chat with Belle Founder Armand Lauzon about Nashville, why he decided to grow his company here, and where he likes to hang out when the work day is done. 

Armand Lauzon | Founder of Belle in Nashville, TN

Batch: What was the AHA! moment when you knew Belle had to be in the world?

Armand Lauzon: A few years ago, I was spending time with my cousin who is a manicurist. She explained that professionals in her industry forfeit anywhere between 50% to 85% of the revenue they generate to a salon or spa to pay for rent, utilities, marketing, etc. Manicurists also need to abide by strict shift schedules where they ultimately waste time waiting for appointments to walk through the door. From my experience working in venture capital, I knew that technology could improve professionals’ compensation, save them time, create flexibility and best of all - bring clients a new type of service with superior convenience.

Batch: Why did you decide to build your company in Nashville?

Armand Lauzon: We soft launched Belle in Boston and Nashville. Over the first few months of operation, we saw Nashville take off. I woke up one morning and knew we had to focus our financial and mental resources in one city to optimize our success. Nashville was that place.

Belle | In home spa and beauty services in Nashville, Tennessee

Batch: What's the best thing about doing what you do?

Armand Lauzon: Free massages all the time... Just kidding. But seriously - one Belle professional recently told me she had the best week of her career because of Belle. Believing in her and supporting her meant the world. Knowing that what we are doing is having such a positive impact is so meaningful to me. It’s the core mission of the company. It’s what gets me up in the morning.

Batch: How is Belle "keeping it local?

Armand Lauzon: First, we are newly headquartered in Nashville. Second, we are building relationships and partnerships with some of the finest businesses in town, including Batch, Results Fitness, Destination Nashville and others. Third, we are empowering local beauty and health professionals and therefore, the local economy.

Batch: It's Friday and the work day is done - where are we going for drinks and then dinner later?

Armand Lauzon: I still have so much to explore in this city, but I’m a big fan of M Street. If I had to choose, I’d go with St. Anejo for drinks. For dinner (and more drinks), we are going to Little Donkey in Germantown. I just moved to that neighborhood and love that restaurant. Well priced, excellent Mexican food with great margs.

Belle | Nashville TN in home spa services

Learn more about Belle on their website. And snag the platinum version of our Nashville Spa Day gift batch for someone special.

July 12, 2016

Favorite Summer Cocktail Recipes from our Purveyors

Justin & Jonathan, makers of Coop's Hot Chicken:

The Armadillo

Start with a Modelo in a can, barely pop the tab raising it without opening the can. Hit the top with Lime juice, a dash of salt, and a splash of hot sauce, then pop the top.  Everything rushes in and it's time to get to work.

Heather at Southern Firefly Candle Co.

Watermelon Gin Fizz

Watermelon Gin Fizz

4 cups diced watermelon

6 oz. gin, pided

8 tbs. lime juice, pided

1 1/3 cups giner ale, pided *use diet for low cal.

4 lime wedges, for garnish

Puree the watermelon. Strain; pide the juice among 4 iced filled {Southern Firefly glasses}

Top each glass with 1 1/2 oz. gin, 2 tablespoons lime juice & 1/3 cup ginger ale.

Kristin Walker of Walker Feed Co.

My favorite summer time treat, The Bomb Pop, takes me back to my childhood chasing the ice cream truck down on our bicycles trying to figure out which street it's on by the sound of the song. The adult version is even better!

The Adult Bomb PopThe Adult Bomb Pop


2 shots of Walker's Honeysuckle Sour

2 shots of Bacardi Razz Rum

2 shots of Blue Curaçao Liqueur

splash of Eli Mason grenadine


Fill glass with ice. Put splash of grenadine over ice.

Pour Bacardi Razz, slowly over ice.

Then Honeysuckle Sour, then Blue Curaçao over ice.

Jennifer Glover of Carolina Girl Cookies

I developed this for my food blog a couple years ago and it’s one of my favorites for sipping by the pool or on the porch with friends for an impromptu cocktail hour/boozy Saturday afternoon.

The Southern Teajito

Serves 4

2 cups of sweet tea (I like homemade)

sparkling water

30 mint leaves, plus several sprigs for garnish

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

2 limes, 4 if they’re really small, cut into small wedges

4-6 ounces of white rum


In a small saucepan, dissolve the water and sugar together over high heat.  Allow it to cool completely.

In a small pitcher, muddle the mint, simple syrup, rum and lime wedges together.  pide between 4 glasses.  Fill each glass half way with ice and then pour over 1/2 cup of sweet tea into each glass.  Top with a little sparkling water, give it a stir, garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy!


To make your own summer cocktails, check out our selection of mixers.

June 09, 2016

Father's Day Gifts from the South

Wondering what to get Dad for Father's Day? Wonder no more. We've put together three exclusive gifts featuring handcrafted goods and treats.

Cheers Dad Father's Day Gift Batch

Cheers to Dad Gift Brunch

Here's a toast to the Dad with the most. Elderflower tonic from Jack Rudy and Old Fashioned Mix from Eli Mason are the building blocks of artisan cocktails that any Pop, Papa, or Daddy can make at home. Whatever concoction is concocted will travel in this exclusive "Cheers Y'all" flask designed by Batch. The cherry on top is literally bourbon cherries to add to any cocktail that will make Dad feel like he's at the Patterson House.

Father's Day Grooming Kit Gift Batch


Father's Day Grooming Kit Gift Batch

We've found manly bath and body products for Dads who aren't afraid to admit that they like smelling nice. While Old Spice might have been what he grew up using, these Southern-made grooming products make a special gift. He'll be fresh from head to toe with soaps, body washes, lip balm and after shave.

Dad's Sweet and Spicy Gift Batch

Dad's Sweet and Spicy Gift Batch

Handmade snacks and sweets are the gift for the Dad who has everything. 


Still don't know what to get for Dad? How about giving him a Batch Subscription Discovery Box? We'll send him a box of goodies in August and every three months after.


June 08, 2016

Where to Eat Outside in Austin

It's heating on up, but you're in Austin, so the only option is to suck it up, grab a cold one, and head to a patio. Here are seven Austin patios and outdoor dining options that we're loving right now.


Contigo | Austin Texas patio and outdoor bar

One of the best patios in the city, Contigo's outdoor space offers gorgeous views and beautifully strung lights from their ranch style venue. Happy Hour runs from Monday to Thursday, from 5-7PM This will get you reduced price bar snacks, $1 off draft beer, $1 off Wine, and $2 off signature cocktails.


This new Austin gem offers the most adorable and perfect back patio. Vinaigrette's menu is filled with fresh and flavorful salads & sammies. We recommend this patio for a gal pal lunch meet or even a romantic dinner for two.

Lustre Pearl East

Lustre Pearl East | Austin Texas patio and bar

This is probably our favorite summertime bar. This classic spot was the first "house turned bar" off Rainey St creating the "house turned bar" theme that now populates this infamous street. They've moved the original house, added a sweet side patio and a killer menu there on East Cesar Chavez. Parking is easy, the crowd is friendly, and drinks are top notch.

Yellow Jacket Social Club

The best tuna melt and sweet potato fries in Austin also has one of the best patios in town. Sitting right on East 5th, the back area is covered with strings of twinkly lights & bamboo trees. Our favorite dishes? That's easy: anything on the menu.

Stay Gold

Stay Gold | Austin Texas food truck and outdoor bar and restaurant

The same owners of The White Horse also own Stay Gold. Be sure to visit their resident food truck, Toaster, out back on their patio for some of the best fried treats around.

Lucille Patio Lounge

This charming bar is located in the heart of downtown, off Rainey Street. Their dog-friendly patio has two full-service bars, classic outdoor games, and even hammocks. Hammocks! Lucille offers the best front porch patio for people watching on Rainey. They specialize in Texas beer & superb cocktails.

Lichas Cantina

The atmosphere at Lichas is fun and familiar and their patio is a must, even if you have to wait in line. Their spicy margaritas are the perfect summer drinks, especially if you like a little kick.

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