October 22, 2016

Hot! Syrups, Sprinkles, Garnishes and Bitters Boost Your Cocktail Rep

After having shared a number of the recipes for you to kick off the weekend, we bet you are one amazing cocktail making wiz. We’ve got some simple infusion recipes and garnishes that will enhance your cocktail skills and leave your guests pining for more. Try a few of these simple and subtle cocktail enhancers in a number of your favorite cocktails, and let us know what you think!

Sage Simple Syrup
Lavender Simple Syrup
Hella Bitters
Cocoa Powder

Herbal Infused Simple Syrups

Simple Syrup Recipe

1 cup sugar

1 cup water

Stir together one cup of each sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Stir occasionally. Boil a minute or two or until sugar is dissolved. This elixir is now ready to use for your favorite infusions.

Sage Infused Simple Syrup

3 sage sprigs

Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup

3 rosemary sprigs (3 inches long)

Lavender Infused Simple Syrup

2 1/2 teaspoons dry lavender flowers

Agostura Bitter

This classic bitter is the muscle behind the famous “Old Fashioned” cocktail and a staple for any cocktail enthusiast. Since it is made with the same original secret recipe since 1824, Angostura aromatic bitters remains an ideal ingredient in classic and contemporary cocktails.

Hella Bitter

Hella Bitter is a small-batch cocktail bitters company that is truly grassroots – it was started through a kickstarter campaign right in our own backyard of Williamsburg,Brooklyn. Impressed? Wait until you start mixing the Citrus or Aromatic flavors into your cocktails. You will undoubtedly be impressed.

Herbs and Spices

Garnish your favorite drink by floating a sprig or leaf of your favorite herb in or on top of your cocktail. Thyme often adds depth of flavor and adds sophistication to the appearance of your cocktail. You might also consider floating a sprig of mint or a sliver of a hot pepper on the top of your drink.

Citrus peel

Create a rose shaped garnish by rolling a 1 inch strip of peel. Cut a slit in the bottom and slide onto the side of the glass for a beautiful and aromatic garnish. You might also try skewing a ribbon of peel off of the citrus fruit of your choice, drop it into the drink, and stir for a lovely garnish that adds aroma and flavor to your cocktail.

Sprinkles and Dashes

Dash a bit of flavoring on the top of frothy and whipped cream topped cocktails to create a cocktail masterpiece. Grated dark chocolate, cocoa powder, cinnamon and even chili powder make for tasty additions that are also eye catching.

Add flare to the rim of a glass by dipping it in your favorite colored or flavored sugar or salt. One favorite: chili lime salt for margaritas that pack a punch.

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Melanie Meadows

Associate Editor for The Fabulous Report. Freelance Grantwriter.

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