8 Bottled Small-Batch Syrups, Bitters And Shrubs Worth Adding To Your Drink

Bottled brands all use fresh, natural ingredients
Mar 28, 2014 9:00 am

What a waste it would be if all those painstakingly made craft-distilled spirits were sullied with impure ingredients. Luckily the bottled options are increasingly growing stellar in quality, incorporating fresh, natural, organic ingredients. Get to know the craftsmen behind a few impressive small-batch brands.

How To Make Your Own Hibiscus Syrup For The Best Rum Punch

Dried leaves shape one great seasonal cocktail
Nov 27, 2013 12:00 pm

Here we are in November, often craving hot drinks, not cold. So, in deference to the season, I brewed a sweet hibiscus syrup that I add to steaming rum punch before dividing it between mugs. It’s a bracing, warming tipple perfect for the cold winter nights ahead. Read on.

How To Make Sassafras Syrup For Homemade Root Beer And Creative Cocktailing

The magical root makes a killer Old Fashioned
Nov 12, 2013 2:00 pm

A few weeks ago, I joined a group of about 60 wild foods-lovers on a foraging jaunt through a public park near my Brooklyn home. My ears really perked up when our guide pointed us towards a glen of sassafras trees and instructed us to get out our trowels. Sassafras? I thought. That sounds familiar. Read on.

Canada's New $100 Bill Smells Like WHAT?!

We'd spend more if our cash was syrup-scented, too.
May 29, 2013 10:02 am

From the wild and wacky world of Canadian delicacies: our neighbors to the north appear to have an awesome problem, like too much hockey. According to The Canadian Press, the recently released new $100 bill has retained the smell of maple syrup from...where? Read on.

How To Make Budweiser Syrup

A secret Bud trick, plus three cocktail recipes
Jul 11, 2012 4:01 pm
Photos: Gabi Porter

NYC bartender Mike McIntosh played around with reducing the King of Beers with sugar and cinnamon, and the result tastes and smells a little like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. Now you can make it. You're welcome.

Strawberry Black Pepper Syrup Recipe

Give your vodka rocks a spin
Sep 12, 2011 6:01 pm

Black pepper gives this strawberry syrup a nice kick, making for a simple way to give liven up your usual vodka rocks or gin and tonic. The syrup can also be used for a non-alcoholic homemade soda or simply mixed with seltzer over ice for a great brunch drink.

Pineapple Mint Soda Recipe

How to make refreshing pineapple mint soda
Jul 18, 2011 3:21 pm
photo: Food Thinkers on Flickr

Maybe you've had pineapple soda when bouncing around India or Africa. Perhaps you're just back from the Bahamas and tried it for the first time. You've probably had a form of pineapple soda if you live in the US, where Fanta is widely available, or the UK, where a close approximation is Lilt. And that's all well and good, but did you know that you can make it yourself?


How To Carbonate Your Own Soda

Turn tap water fizzy and sweet in three easy steps
Jul 17, 2011 1:01 pm
carbonate your own water
Photo: on Flickr

There's something inexplicably refreshing about a cold drink at the peak of its fizziness. There's also something very satisfying about a cold drink you made yourself. Combine these two great thirst-quenching qualities into a cool new party trick and discover how easy it is to carbonate your own water at home — no fancy equipment needed! 


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