Spirits The WineKnitter Vol. 25 No. 05

Shaking It Up!

Your home bar just might become the hottest spot in town!

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While the bars and restaurants are slowly returning to normalcy, many would still prefer to do their socializing at home.  And Nickel Dime Syrups has made it easier than ever to create fun cocktails just like the professionals.

Professional bartender Jared Hirsch and entrepreneur Absinthia Vermut have put together a line of small-batch custom cocktail syrups made from all-natural ingredients.  Based in Oakland, California, Hirsch is a staff mixologist at the Sidebar Restaurant and is famous for his cult cocktail, award-winning “Caged Heat.”  The cocktail became so popular he couldn’t produce enough syrup in the restaurant’s kitchen to meet the high demand.  That’s when he consulted Absinthia on how he might increase the production and still maintain its quality.  From these discussions, Nickel Dime Syrups was founded.

Jared and Absinthia

Hirsch said, “There’s tremendous demand and curiosity about craft cocktailing at home.  Consumers in the US have a pent-up thirst for the kind of bold, complex cocktails their favorite bartender used to make for them.  But that doesn’t mean they are willing to settle for artificial flavors or one-note mixes.  Nickel Dime Syrups provide a custom cocktail experience with each pour.  Your home bar will be the hottest spot in town!”

The syrups are made in California and are alcohol-free, gluten-free, and approximately 100 calories per 2 oz. serving.  Their portfolio includes four unique syrups with a signature cocktail recipe on each bottle.

Grab your favorite spirit and enjoy these cocktails.

Caged Heat Cocktail Syrup

(Syrup ingredients: tamarind, cardamom & ghost pepper)

Caged Heat
2 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Caged Heat cocktail syrup
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, strain into your favorite cocktail glass. 

Fairy Dust Cocktail Syrup

(Syrup ingredients: fennel, anise & wormwood)

Fairy Dust
2 oz. gin
1 oz. Fairy Dust cocktail syrup
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, strain into your favorite cocktail glass, and top with Peychaud’s bitters (optional).

Cherry Bomb Cocktail Syrup

(Syrup ingredients: cherry, coffee & cacao)

Cherry Bomb
2 oz. Dark Rum
1 oz. Cherry Bomb cocktail syrup
1 oz. fresh lime juice
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, strain into your favorite cocktail glass.

Crimson Smoke Cocktail Syrup

(Syrup ingredients: smoked tea, cranberry & honey)

Crimson Smoke
2 oz. Mezcal
1 oz. Crimson Smoke cocktail syrup
1 oz. fresh lime juice 
Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, strain into your favorite cocktail glass.

Nickel Dime Syrups are available nationwide.
SRP:  $19.99 for 15 oz. bottles
SRP:  $29.99 for a mini sample pack of all four varieties.

Until next time…

Cheers!
Penny

Penny is a wine, spirits, food, and travel writer. Her sensory examination and evaluation of wine and food are noteworthy. Penny has a popular website called The WineKnitter that takes you with her to discover wine/spirits, travel, food, and culture worldwide. She began her serious foray into the world of wine in the early 1980s, where she was part of three very successful family-owned restaurants in NYC and "cut her teeth,” so to speak, with wines such as Petrus, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Haut Brion, Cristal, etc. Penny has an extensive presence on many social media sites, and her education is ongoing with wine seminars, wine tastings, and culinary delights from around the world. She studied at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, completed WSET Level 2 Certification with Distinction, and is continuing with Level 3, advanced certification in wine. Penny is a member of The Wine Media Guild.

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