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SIMPLE SYRUPS • SHRUBS • CORDIALS

Simple syrups, also are referred to as sugar syrup, is a liquefied form of sugar that is commonly used to sweeten cocktails, iced tea, iced coffee, lemonade, and other cold drinks. Because it is a liquid sweetener, it is much easier to blend into cold beverages than regular sugar.

Simple syrups are typically classified in two categories, 1:1 and 2:1 where the ratio is sugar to liquid. Simple syrups are processed using a hot method or a cold method. Hot processed means the sugar and water have been boiled and the flavor is infused via heat before pouring to a jar. Cold processed means heat has not been introduced into the infusion. Our simple syrups are 1:1 heat processed syrups.

Shrubs. In American Colonial days, concentrated fruit syrups were called shrubs (drinking vinegars). A shrub is a concentrated syrup made from fruit, berries or flowers, blended with sugar and vinegar. Shrubs are processed using a hot or cold process. (If you're a shrub purist, you'll prefer the cold process!) But in reality, you determine which process you're going to use based on the fruit you have. Delicate fruit like raspberry, gets the cold process, tougher fruit like melon gets the hot process.


In general shrubs are produced in a 1:1:1 ratio meaning 1 part sugar, 1 part fruit, 1 part vinegar. The end product is mixed with soda or tonic water today for a nice non-alcoholic drink, in the nineteenth century, brandy or rum was added. Below is a complete list of all the shrubs we make. Shrubs can be used in the same way simple syrups are used in cocktails adding a more complex level of flavor to the mix!

Cordials are floral or fruit concentrate syrups. Some cordials are alcoholic, but ours are not. Cordials are delightful as a nonalcoholic addition to cocktails that would otherwise be bland without the concentrated boost.

All of these syrups are awesome mixed with soda or tonic water for a nice non-alcoholic drink and they are a pretty terrific addition to any cocktail you might already be making or want to try. Use your imagination. We have some recipes below to get you started

 

SIMPLE SYRUPS
HOT PEPPER
LAVENDER
BASIL
LEMON CHAMOMILE
LICORICE ROOT
DANDELION
SASSAFRAS
ROSEMARY
OTHER HERBAL COMBINATIONS
CORN ON THE COB
CUCUMBER

CORDIALS & SHRUBS
ELDERFLOWER CORDIAL
MONARDA (bee balm) CORDIAL
SUMAC SHRUB
WILD GINGER SHRUB
PEACH SHRUB
RHUBARB SHRUB
STRAWBERRY SHRUB
MELON SHRUB
GROUND CHERRY SHRUB
RASPBERRY SHRUB
BLACKBERRY SHRUB
BLUEBERRY SHRUB
TOMATO SHRUB
WATERMELON SHRUB



COCKTAIL RECIPES

KILLER B
1 1/2oz London Dry Gin
3/4oz Lemon Juice
3/4/oz Hot Pepper Simple Syrup

Combine gin, lemon juice, and 3⁄4 oz. chile syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with crushed ice; shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and garnish with a chile.

FRENCH 75
(Soixante Quinze)
1/2oz Lemon juice
1/2oz Lavender Simple Syrup
1oz Gin
3oz Champagne

Add all the ingredients except the Champagne into a shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a Champagne flute. Top with the Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

LAVENDER GIMLET
2 1/2oz Gin
1/2oz Lime juice
1/2oz Lavender Simple Syrup

Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

BOOTSY COLLINS
2oz Vodka
1oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Lemon Chamomile Simple Syrup
2 oz Lillet Rouge

Combine all ingredients except lemon wheels in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously, and strain into an ice-filled glass. Top off with more Lillet Rouge, if desired. Garnish with lemon wheels.

BASIL GIMLET
2 1/2oz Gin
1/2oz Lime juice
1/2oz Basil Simple Syrup

Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or an Old Fashioned glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel.

LICORICE OLD FASHIONED
2oz dark rum
1/2oz Licorice Simple Syrup
dah of orange itters
dash of Angostura bitters

Stir well, strain into lowball with one big ice cube, garnish with orange zest.

SUMAC WATER
1oz Pimm’s
1/2 oz Campari
1 1/2oz Sumac Shrub
Lime twist

Combine the above ingredients in a lowball glass with one big ice cube. Garnish with a lime twist.

SHRUBARB COCKTAIL
2oz Gin
1/2oz fresh lime juice
1 1/2oz Rhubarb Shrub
Club soda (for serving)

Combine gin, lime juice, and rhubarb shrub in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled Collins-style glass, filling three-quarters full. Top off with club soda.

RHUBARB FIX COCKTAIL
RHUBARB FIX COCKTAIL
1 1⁄2 oz gin
1 oz Manzanilla sherry
3⁄4 oz Rhubarb shrub
Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake. Strain into a rocks glass over crushed ice.
ELDERFLOWER MARTINI
2oz Vodka
1oz Elderflower Cordial
1/2oz Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz Lime Juice
1 Lime Wheel

Fill cocktail shaker with ice cubes until 2/3rd of its capacity. Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker and shake well until icy chilled. Strain elderflower cocktail into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lime wheel and serve.

SUMAC MARTINI
1 1/2oz Velvet Falernum
2oz Vodka
2oz Sumac Shrub
1 3/4oz lime juice

Fill cocktail shaker with ice cubes until 2/3rd of its capacity. Add all ingredients into cocktail shaker and shake well until icy chilled. Straincocktail into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lime wheel and serve.

MELON PATCH COCKTAIL
2oz Vodka
1oz Melon Shrub(Jenny Lind or Watermelon)
1/2 oz lime juice
Club Soda
Melon balls for garnish

Combine vodka, melon shrub, lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled Collins-style glass, filling three-quarters full. Top off with club soda. Garnish with melons balls on a skewer.

RASPBERRY BELLINI
2oz Vodka
2oz Raspberry Shrub
4oz sparkling wine, chilled

Combine vodka, raspberry shrub & sparkling wine in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake until outside of shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into Champagne flute. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

PEACH SHRUB VODKA FIZZ
2 oz vodka
2 oz Peach Shrub
Club soda
Mint leaves

Fill a tall glass with ice. Add vodka, shrub and mint leaves. Stir gently.
Top with club soda. Garnish with peach slices and additional mint.

PEACH & BASIL SHRUB COCKTAIL

3 1/2 oz Peach Shrub
1/2 oz Basil Simple Syrup
1/2 oz oz triple sec
1 1/2 oz bourbon

Combine shrub, simple syrup, bourbon and triple sec together, stir with ice
in glass and serve.

RED MIMOSA

2 oz. Monarda Cordial
1 oz Vodka
2 1/2 oz. Sparkling wine

 


STREET CORN SOUR

CAROLINA BLUES BLUEBERRY COCKTAIL

1 1/2 oz gin
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz blueberry shrub
1 1/2 oz proseco
Blueberries for garnish
Lime wedge

In a Rocks glass, add gin, lime juice, and shrub over ice, stirring briefly to incorporate. Add prosecco and garnish with blueberries and a lime wheel.

STREET CORN SOUR
2 oz. Jose Cuervo gold tequila
1 oz. corn on the cob simple syrup
2 oz freshly squeezed lime juice plus more to rim
Chile powder, to rim

In a shaker, combine tequila, sweet corn simple syrup and lime juice with ice. Shake to blend. Dip collins glass in lime juice then chili powder. Pour cocktail to collins glasses.

CUCUMBER LEMONADE

2 oz gin
2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 oz water
2 oz Cucumber simple syrup
ice
Cucumber slices for garnish

In a shaker combine all ingredients but the cucumber slices. Shake to combine. Arrange cucumber slices in class. Add ice. Pour lemonade into glass.

NEBRASKAN COCKTAIL

3/4 oz Corn on the cob simple syrup
pinch of cayenne
pinch of salt
1 oz vodka
1/2 oz fresh sweet corn milk(a tablespoon of sweeten condensed milk mixed with a tablespoon of sweet corn simple syrup works too.)
3/4 oz ginger beer
fresh cracked black pepper

In a shaker, blend sweet corn syrup, cayenne, salt, vodka, sweet corn milk with ice. Shake. Add ginger beer. Strain to glasses.

Top with more cayenne and cracked black pepper.

For the Sweet Corn Milk
2 ears of corn
2 cups water
1/2 cup whole milk
1 tbs rock sugar

Cut the corns off the cob. And place it in a blender. Add water and milk and blend until smooth.

Strain the liquid if you want a smooth version. Transfer the strained liquid into a small pot, add sugar and simmer to a boiling. Simmer until mixture thickens.


NEBRASKAN COCKTAIL

BLUEBERRY MOJITO COCKTAIL

1 1⁄2 oz Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège cognac
3⁄4 oz blueberry Simple syrup
1⁄2 oz Fresh lime juice
4 Blueberries
Soda water, to top

Add all ingredients except soda water into a shaker with ice and shake until blueberries are bruised. Strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water.Garnish with a mint sprig and blueberries.

SPICY BLUEBERRY PEACH SHRUB MARGARITAS

1/3c tequila
1/2 c freshly squeezed lime juice
1/3 c blueberry shrub
1/3 c peach shrub
1⁄2 a jalapeno, sliced and seeds removed
Salt for rimming the glass

Rub the rim of 2 glasses with a lime wedge, dip the glasses lightly in salt and set aside.

Pour all ingredients for the margaritas into a pitcher and stir vigorously. Pour into the glasses and garnish with more jalapeno slices if desired.

SHRUBBERY MARY
2 oz vodka or gin
4 oz tomato shrub
1⁄4 oz fresh lime juice
1⁄4 oz fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
2 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Worcestershire
1 dash Tabasco
1 pinch ground black pepper
Lime wedge and stalk of celery for garnish.

Combine all ingredients (except garnish) in an ice-filled mixing glass. Take another glass, or the tin of a cocktail shaker, and gently pour the entire contents, ice and all, back and forth between the two vessels until the drink is well chilled. Strain it into an ice filled Collins glass. Add garnish.

TOMATO SHRUB SPRITZER

2 oz tomato shrub
2 oz vodka
a few drops of Tabasco
a splash or 2 of seltzer or club soda

Place ice In a tall glass filled 3/4 of the way with ice, stir together everything but the seltzer or club soda. When it's well combined, add a splash or two of soda or seltzer, give a gentle stir and garnish. Serve with a straw.

CURACAO COOLER

1 oz rum
1 oz watermelon shrub
1⁄4 oz falernum
1⁄4 oz curaçao (or cointreau)
1⁄2 oz seltzer

Combine first four ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into ice-filled old fashioned glasses. Garnish with watermelon

 
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