buy this: tonic syrup
buy this Pinckney Bend's Classic Tonic Syrup
We just got pickier about our tonic. The newly released tonic syrup by local distillery Pinckney Bend turns a gin and tonic on its head. Its lemon-rose garden scent, hibiscus and citrus-forward flavors and beautiful, blushpink color make for a wowza G&T. According to Pinckney Bend’s Ralph Haynes, the distillery is the only one in the world to offer its own companion tonic syrup, but after testing it (tough job, we know), we concluded that it pairs with loads of other alcoholic beverages – bubbles, bourbon and even white rum. Our winning drink with this versatile mixer? A riff on a French 75, a vintage cocktail that gets its name from a powerful French 75 mm field gun. We’re calling our creation SA-MO2014: It has the kick of a semiautomatic and it’s made (mostly) in Mo. – Ligaya Figueras
SA-MO2014 1 serving ¾ oz. Pinckney Bend classic tonic syrup 1 oz. Pinckney Bend gin 4 oz. extra dry (brut) Champagne, chilled • To an ice-filled Collins glass, add the tonic syrup, then the gin, followed by the chilled Champagne. Stir briefly.
One bottle of tonic syrup is enough to build a 22-drink armory of SAMO2014s.
Pinckney Bend’s tonic syrup is available at The Wine & Cheese Place’s Clayton location, Lukas Liquor and Schnucks’ Ballwin and Kehrs Mill locations.
Since you can’t summon your favorite bartender when you want to sip a fine cocktail at home, it’s time you learned how to stir and shake on your own. This month, we’re whipping up drinks from the latest cocktail books: Craft Cocktails at Home by Kevin Liu, Handcrafted Cocktails by Molly Wellmann, Savory Cocktails by Greg Henry and Tipsy Texan: Spirits and Cocktails from The Lone Star State by David Alan. Join us every Tuesday at saucemagazine. com/blog as we try our hand at mixology and reveal recipes from these books. Then, enter to win a copy to add to your own collection. January 2014
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