Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mixology: Summer Quenchers with Royal Rose Syrups

I drink. A lot. Lemonade, limeade, berry drinks and fresh seasonal juices quench my thirst.  Of course I am not one to shy away from a great cocktail or a nice glass of wine either-- though with the impending arrival of No. 2 I usually stick to 'virgin' drinks these days.   After making Brian's Berry Limeade a few weeks ago, I decided I should really post more drink recipes.  And since summer is here, I can think of no better time to do it.
Royal Rose Syrups is a local, Brooklyn-based company that makes simple syrups using organic ingredients, fair trade sugar, filtered water in addition to fruits and spices. The company was started by Emily Butters and her fiancĂ© Forrest Butler. According to a recent write-up on the Tasting Table, canning peaches innocently led to the company's start.  Forrest asked if he could use left-over canning liquid which was then used in experimental batches of simple syrup.  Royal Rose Syrups was born.
I got my hands on some samples which included: Raspberry, Lavender-Lemon, Cardamon-Clove, Rose, and Three-Chiles.  
Here are a few recipes using Royal Rose Syrups.  These drinks are delicious and are perfect for a summer picnic or your July 4th BBQ party.  So go ahead, get in touch with your inner mixologist...bottoms up and enjoy!

For the mama-to-be/non-alcoholic...
Eternal Summer  (Courtesy of Royal Rose Syrups)
Yields: 1 serving
Juice of half an orange
3.5 oz. cranberry juice
3/4 oz. of Royal Rose Lavender-Lemon Syrup
Half a shot of lemon juice
Shake like mad, pour over ice, top with 7-Up (I went with some San Pellegrino) and garnish with an orange. Enjoy!

For those who imbibe the real stuff...
Cigarette Girl (Courtesy of Royal Rose Syrups)
Yield: 1 serving
2 oz. gin
3 teaspoons Royal Rose Raspberry Syrup
3 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Fresh mint
Soda water
In a Boston shaker or jam jar, combine mint with raspberry syrup and lemon juice.  Add ice and gin and shake vigorously.  Serve on the rocks with a splash of soda water and a sprig of mint.  Enjoy!

World's End (Courtesy of Tasting Table, Adapted from Royal Rose)
Yield: 1 serving
½ ounce Royal Rose C
ardamom-Clove Syrup
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
2½ ounces white rum
Lime wedge
Combine the syrup, lemon juice and ice in a Boston shaker. Add the white rum. Shake vigorously and serve straight up or on the rocks with a lime wedge.

Full size syrups cost $10 and are available at: Stinky Bklyn, Blue Apron, By Brooklyn, Brooklyn Larder and online at royalroseny.com
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  1. Thanks for posting alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. They look great. I live close to Blue Apron and will pick up a bottle this week. My wife is due with number 3 so I will surprise her with an Eternal Summer. Love the blog.

  2. Roberto, Brooklyn, NYDecember 1, 2011 at 1:20 AM

    Do they have any winter recipes? I'd be interested to try some of those...nice post.