While there is something (sometimes many somethings) to be said for the winter-soothing rituals of hot teas, bracing jots of fire cider, or a well placed occasional vin chaud, sometimes in the wilds of these grey, not-quite-mud-season days what you really need is ESCAPE.
Cue the arrival of new batch of wildly delicious Meadowland Syrups in the shop. Delicately flavored with wild-foraged, organic, and sustainably sourced botanicals and lovingly crafted by hand in a women-led studio in Bend, OR, these next-level syrups are ideal for adding to sparkling or still water, tea, coffee, or drizzled over just-warm cakes...but, dream up and shake up a bright, flavor forward sip...and it's like activating an escape hatch.
We tapped our resident mixologist Grant (sort of the prodigal cocktail-making son...long-time friends might remember some of his epic sips of Foundry-seasons past) to do some testing and flavor explorations for us. We'd sampled all of the varietals when we were swooning over our initial ordering, but then they flew off the shelves too fast the first time for us to really tinker! In the name of injecting a little wanderlust or sunshine feeling into your weekly rituals, Grant came back with two positively transportative recipes—with options for full-force cocktail and elevated alcohol-free boisson of course. Tiny umbrellas not at all required but/and be sure to put on some tunes that make you feel good in your body.
Mediterranean Gin + Tonic
1 1/2 oz. Cocchi Americano
3/4 oz. gin
Garnish with a lime wheel and sprig of rosemary
February in Minnesota can feel a little bit closer to summer on the Amalfi coast with just a couple sips of this herbaceous little number. In a mixing glass, add your Cocchi Americano, gin, and Meadowland High Desert simple syrup
over ice. Stir with your favorite mixing spoon
until thoroughly combined and strain over ice. Float tonic water on top and garnish with a lime wheel and a sprig of fresh rosemary. Sunglasses optional; great vibes mandatory. Cin cin!
For an alcohol-free boisson:
Mix High Desert simple syrup with tonic water and a splash of lime kombucha. Garnish with a lime wheel and sprig of fresh rosemary.
1 1/2 oz. reposado tequila
3/4 oz. Cointreau
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. Meadowland Dusk Simple Syrup
Sprinkle with flaky sea salt and garnish with a lime twist
Inspired by the signature cocktail from the truly swoon-worthy restaurant Piopiko in Kyoto, Japan, this floral, tangy twist on a margarita has us dreaming of cozy hotel bars in far flung locations. Add your tequila, cointreau, lime juice, and Dusk syrup
over ice in a cocktail shaker. Shake until extra chilly and blended, then strain over ice and float soda water on top. Sprinkle with some flaky sea salt and garnish with a lime twist.
For an alcohol-free boisson:
Mix Dusk simple syrup with fresh lime juice, soda water, and a dash of pickle juice* before garnishing with flaky sea salt and lime twist.
* Let's talk about the pickle juice. We know it sounds weird, but it gives this boisson just the right amount of tang and funk you would get from the tequila. Trust us.