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.
Not to be confused with sangria, the sangaree is essentially a single-serving punch which features rich flavors and colors perfect for a chilly evening. Spiker’s Black Currant shrub contributes deliciously deep, berry-rich flavor to the spirits, and also adds to the depth of color. Sip slowly (this is high proof), and enjoy.
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
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.
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!
What is a martini, anyway? Is it just something clear or semi-clear that you pour into glass shaped like an upside-down triangle? Is it based on vodka? gin? pisco? all of the above? none of the above? Continue reading Spiker’s Lavender Mint Cowboy Hoof Martini
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.
Sometimes the simplest drinks are the most elegant. Case in point: a nicely balanced blend of Prosecco, Spiker’s Shrub (any flavor), and a twist of lemon or lime. Be sure to choose a dry (brut) Prosecco, because the shrub will add just enough sweetness without taking away the personality of the bubbly.
This is a bubbly riff on the classic Cosmopolitan. Pear brandy is preferred but you can substitute apricot or peach.