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.
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.
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.)
A regular Manhattan uses bourbon, but try this recipe with Irish whiskey instead. (For local flavor, try the artisan-crafted South Boston Irish Whiskey made by Grand Ten Distillery.)
Looking for a recipe for the perfect romantic drink for Valentine’s Day? This is it: the French 75. Crafted with Champagne, gin or cognac, and lemon juice, the cocktail usually includes a splash of simple syrup. But our elegant shrub, Raspberry Bergamot, is a beautiful replacement.
This festive cocktail marries gin, Lillet Blanc, and Prosecco to create an elegant cocktail with a blushing rosey glow. Color courtesy of a blend of Spiker’s Shrubs. We think our Crangerine is a perfect match for the Lillet Blanc, but our Pineapple Basil would be an excellent change-up.
The Cosmopolitan (and variations thereof) has been around since the early 1900s, but the drink earned its star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame when Sex and the City ran on TV during the 1990s. It was Carrie Bradshaw’s drink.
I don’t know anything about Carrie Bradshaw. But I do know who Terry Bradshaw is. And I know that the Patriots are in a major football playoff game on Sunday, January 18. So as a tip of the hat to sports, mixology, and New England team spirit, we introduce the CosmoShrubitan … a lower-proof version of the original thanks to swapping Spiker’s Tuscan Tangerine Shrub for the traditional (and authentic) Cointreau. Instead of cranberry juice, a splash of Spiker’s Sour Cherry Plum Shrub does the trick.
If you’re hosting a playoff party, this cocktail can be doubled, tripled, etc. and made in advance. Chill in the fridge, put the glasses in the freezer, and enjoy. Then — in the words of Aaron Rodgers — relax.