Tis’ the season for a lot of things — like mistletoe, holiday music, festive parties and of course, boozy cocktails. I do not — like, whatsoever –claim to be a mixologist, but I do love the occasional fancy schmancy cocktail as much as the next girl. Especially during this time of the year. Luckily for me (and you!), there’s ROOT 23, a Columbus, Ohio-based company that features a line of all-natural flavor infused simple syrups.
The owners, Barb and Leah, state on their website,
We are a couple of busy moms from Columbus, Ohio who value whole ingredients, real food and quality time with our family & friends. We developed a line of all-natural flavor infused simple syrups, with the emphasis on simple, so we can balance those things we value most. Our inventive flavor combinations lend themselves to crafting delicious drinks with just a couple additional ingredients.
They were so sweet to send me their winter mix gift pack to try, and I can honestly tell you, each flavor is more delicious than the next. There’s Grapefruit Basil and Cherry Almond and Maple Cinnamon and Vanilla Ginger. It really is hard to pick a favorite, and the drink possibilities are endless. So whether you prefer Gin or Vodka, Bourbon or Whiskey, there’s a syrup that’s guaranteed to take your spirit of choice to the next level.
Scroll below for cocktails to make this holiday season and prepare to wow all of your friends and family at your next party.
If you like sparkling wine…
I love drinks that are quick and easy, but still taste delicious. Sometimes you just want something that’s low maintenance, so you can get back to what really matters.
- 1oz ROOT 23 Grapefruit Basil Simple Syrup
Top 1 oz of Grapefruit Basil Syrup with Prosecco. Garnish with basil and enjoy!
If you like bourbon…
- 2.5 oz Bourbon
- .5 oz Sweet Vermouth
- 3 dashes of Aromatic Bitters
- .25 oz ROOT 23 Vanilla Ginger Simple Syrup
Combine the bourbon, vermouth, bitters and simple syrup in a mixing glass with ice. Stir well until chilled. Strain into a glass and garnish with an orange peel and/or Luxardo Cherry.
If you like vodka…
- 1.5 oz Vanilla Vodka
- 0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 0.5 oz ROOT 23 Cherry Almond Simple Syrup
- 2 Blackberries
- Ginger Beer
Muddle berries & syrup in shaker. Add juice & spirit in shaker with ice, shake. Strain into Collins glass over ice. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with blackberries & a lemon rosette.
If you like rum…
MAPLE CINNAMON CIDER
- 1 oz ROOT 23 Maple Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- 2 oz rum
- top with cider
Top 1 oz of Maple Cinnamon syrup with rum. Top with cider and enjoy!
Don’t drink alcohol? They’re great in mocktails!
Many of the ROOT 23 flavors can also be mixed with:
- Sparkling Water
- Iced Tea
- Milk Shakes