Leave it to Vermonters to craft some of the best craft cocktail and beer in the world.  Enter Sumptuous Syrups of Vermont, a “sustainably sourced small batch” line of craft cocktail and soda syrups.  Calling themselves “Vermont’s Other Syrup” (very catchy!) this line of syrups is perfect for the bar or the home bar.  Their flavors at present include a Chocolate Mole, Black Currant, Yellow Ginger, Black Berry, Lemon & Basil, most of which are hand crafted with a minimal number of organic ingredients.  Having had the pleasure to try all five, I can say there is nothing that they don’t compliment.  Even when used simply to make soda with a soda stream, the taste is amazing.  The cocktail possibilities?  Endless.  The farm to bar concept in Vermont runs deep, and Sumptuous Syrups is a great example of that.  A simple Manhattan with a dash of Chocolate Mole syrup takes it to a whole new level.  You are only limited by your imagination with all there is to choose from.


Review: Barrow’s Intense Ginger Liqueur


Barrow’s Intense is made right here in Brooklyn New York.  One of the most original tasting spirits we’ve ever tried, Barrows uses lots of Ginger, and nothing else comes between that and its bracingly spicy and refreshing taste. When sipped, you first get the intense ginger flavor with a bit of sweetness.  Roll it around your tongue and you start to get that punch with just a bit of heat.  This liqueur is also one of the most versatile, as enjoyable as a mixer in cocktails or as a chilled post dinner digestif.  We’ve also tried it in hot tea with lemon.  Wow.  The attractive packaging is numbered and has a rubber stopper top.  And the best part is that a little bit goes a long way.  We have used Barrows to give an extraordinary flavor to drinks like Manhattans and Caipirinhas.  It mixes well with rum and gin as well. Club soda, prosecco and Barrows with a squeeze of lime is simply a heavenly experience.  Probably one of our favorite Barrows success stories was mixing it with well chilled TY KU Junmai Gingo Sake and pairing it with Asian Fusion recipes.  Find a bottle as soon as you can to experience the transformative power of Barrow’s intense.