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Black Currant Royale

Looking to lighten up your alcohol consumption in the New Year? Here’s a simple approach: When making a cocktail, replace the liqueur in the recipe with an equal amount of Spiker’s Shrubs. For example, the classic Kir Royale is made with champagne and creme de cassis — a liqueur made from black currants.

Creme de cassis has a liquor content of about 15%. Spiker’s Shrubs contain no alcohol. So…you can “spike” your champagne with our Black Currant Shrub and enjoy the natural, deep, rich taste of black currants without having the alcohol content of your drink increase.

A slightly less boozey version of the classic Kir Royale, using Spiker's Black Currant shrub.
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Siena Spritzer

To celebrate our new relationship with Siena Farms of Sudbury MA, we have created a cocktail in its honor: the Siena Spritzer. It’s a lovely pre-dinner cocktail (or something to sip solo while you’re slaving away in a hot kitchen before your friends/family/guests arrive).

Because the “other” Siena is located in the heart of Tuscany, we chose a semi-sweet (semi-dry?) Italian Bianco vermouth as the base for the drink. This style of  vermouth is clear (not amber), and has an herbaceous nose, warm spices, and mild bitterness tempered with a bright, crisp citrus finish. Continue reading Siena Spritzer

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Dark and Stormy

When the weather turns dark and stormy, this drink is the ideal companion. Dark rum combined with a spritzy, high-octane ginger fizz and a splash of lime warms you up and quenches your thirst at the same time.

Although standard recipes call for ginger beer, it’s not always easy to find a brand with enough of a kick. That’s why Spiker’s Ginger Bite shrub is the perfect stand-in. You can add as much or little of it as you like to get just the right amount of ginger power without diluting the beverage overall.

Start with two ounces of dark rum, and vary the amount of “fizz” based on your personal tastes: anywhere from three to five ounces is a good target.

 

 

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Manhattan Ice Cream Soda with Sour Cherry Plum shrub

Looking for a fun and festive way to enjoy the flavors of the classic Manhattan cocktail? This grown-up ice cream soda is just the ticket. Less sweet than its Old Fashioned friend, the Manhattan enjoys a bit of herbaceous complexity thanks to the use of sweet vermouth (which isn’t as sugar as its name belies).

We have seen several Manhattan ice cream soda recipes online, but they include a dollop of spiked, sweetened whipped cream which is totally unnecessary. Just use a premium ice cream and premium ingredients — including the essential Spiker’s Sour Cherry Plum Shrub — and a foamy head will build at the top of the glass, letting the spirit of the spirit shine through. Cheers!

 

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Vodka Chihuahua

Grapefruit and vodka combine to make a cocktail known as the Greyhound. But with the addition of Spiker’s Chile Lime Shrub, you get a drink we call The Chihuahua. It’s fiery, tangy, and filled with Mexican energy and a bit of bite.

Grapefruit and vodka combine to make a cocktail known as the Greyhound. But with the addition of Spiker's Chile Lime Shrub, you get a drink we call The Chihuahua. It's fiery, tangy, and filled with Mexican energy and a bit of bite.