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Set up a Shrubbuffet for New Year’s Eve cocktails and mocktails

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Looking for a fun and festive addition to your New Year’s Eve menu? While everyone is waiting to ring in the new, you can treat your guests to the new and refreshing combination of Spiker’s Shrubs paired with the Champagne or Prosecco of your choice (or Perrier for a designated driver special). Just set up a bar with the bubbly on ice, and an array of Spiker’s Shrubs. Tie a ribbon around a few tablespoons (use one-half to one tablespoon per glass), and your Shrubbuffet is ready for sipping, sampling, and toasting.

For a true Bellini, choose Spiker’s Peach Rosemary Shrub. Or spin out onto new territory by trying Tuscan Tangerine. We use the entire fruit — peel and all — in our Tangerine Shrub, so the concentrate carries with it not only the delightful citrus taste of tangerine but also a sophisticated bitter nuance from the oils in the peel.

Pineapple Basil, Apple Crisp, Pear Cardamom, and Cranberry Orange Shrub are also great options. Each of these shrub flavors changes your Bellini profile, and gives your guests additional reasons to raise a glass.

[box size=”large”]Make merry with mocktails! Don’t forget the non-drinkers (including designated drivers) at your party. Include chilled bottles of Perrier (our preference) and ginger ale and plenty of festive glasses, and let them enjoy the shrubbuffet too![/box]

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Spiker’s Sour Cherry Manhattan

 

The classic Manhattan is making a comeback. To honor this revival of a truly American spirit, we suggest a pairing with Spiker’s unique Sour Cherry Plum Shrub.

Our deep and rich Sour Cherry Plum Shrub infusion —  made from tart red cherries and a hint of dark purple plums — provides the perfect balance to the aged fruitwood notes of a premium whiskey. It also provides flavor notes more akin to a true maraschino cherry, which is the traditional garnish. (By the way, if you aren’t using real, naturally-infused maraschino cherries, skip the day-glow variety and instead use a twist of lemon.)

For a change-up, make a Boston Manhattan: by replacing the bourbon with Irish whiskey such as Grand Ten Distilling’s South Boston Irish Whiskey.

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Whiskey-IPA Cocktail with Apple Shrub

To celebrate a recent showcase at the Aeronaut Brewing Company, Spiker’s crafted this cocktail recipe with plenty of lift. It features our Roasted Cinnamon Apple Shrub and Aeronaut’s Northfield Red IPA.

This recipe shows how beer can be used not only for quaffing, but also as an element paired with spirits and other aromatic flavor elements — including our shrubs!

We drew our inspiration from the 2011 Imbibe Cover Cocktail Contest winning recipe, but because Pineau is sometimes hard to find we tested it with Lillet Blanc as well. Don’t be put off at the thought of infusing either aperitif with Earl Grey. It adds a lovely touch. Although you’ll have about ten ounces left over, we’re sure you’ll have an easy time incorporating it into other beverages. Definitely worth the effort.

For the shrub of choice in this cocktail, we recommend Spiker’s Roasted Cinnamon Apple Shrub. Made from early season apples with plenty of snap, it balances beautifully with the lemony notes of the IPA.

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Tequila Shrub-rise

A traditional Tequila Sunrise gets its color from grenadine, which is a pomegranate-based liqueur. We aren’t all that crazy about grenadine (even the homemade kind), and prefer the softer but more interesting tart flavor notes of Spiker’s Sour Cherry Plum Shrub. For an extra touch of fresh, tangy citrus, we have also added a splash of our Crangerine shrub (available November through March). Together, these ingredients create a sunny beverage with just the right balance of acid to keep it refreshing rather than sweetly cloying.

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Clifden Pony Irish Whiskey Cocktail

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 that is smooth and sophisticated, meant to be sipped, not quaffed.

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.