Green beer on St. Patrick’s Day? Bah! It’s an insult to the Irish, the island, and the history of the Emerald Isles. Instead, we offer up to you a beautiful Spiker’s custom-crafted cocktail — smooth and sophisticated, meant to be sipped, not quaffed. Inspired by the village of Clifden in Connemara, where Irish ponies are bred and raced as part of a centuries-old tradition.
You can use any Irish whiskey in this drink, but we suggest a cask-strength variety because its strength will mellow as the ice in your glass melts. Although we have tested all of our shrubs with Irish whiskey, we’re especially smitten with the performance of our Ginger Bite shrub. It features a refreshing kick, plus a pleasing acidic twang. Together with the whiskey and vermouth, it creates an inspiring and complex sipping experience.
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mentioned in our St. Patrick’s Day recipe posts:
Ginger Bite • Sour Cherry Plum • Crangerine • Raspberry Bergamot
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: Sour Cherry Plum, Raspberry Bergamot, Crangerine.
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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). Continue reading Manhattan Ice Cream Soda with Sour Cherry Plum shrub
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.