Black Shadow Sangaree

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.

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.

 

 

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!

 

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.

Prosecco Shrub Fizz

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.

Cosmo Fizz

This is a bubbly riff on the classic Cosmopolitan. Pear brandy is preferred but you can substitute apricot or peach.

Lady Irish cocktail

The twist of lime in this elegant cocktail gives a nod to the Emerald Isle. The splash of Champagne and lemon juice lightens a drink which might otherwise be heavy with the rich weight of Irish whiskey.

Best Spiker’s Shrubs for this recipe: Berry Amour, Raspberry Bergamot, Very Strawberry or Sour Cherry Plum. (In season: Crangerine, Rio Red Grapefruit, Peach Rosemary.)