I’m always excited to get to know Portland local businesses and their product. I recently met and created cocktails with RAFT Syrups founders; two lovely ladies (Sook Goh & Roslynn Tellvik) who have developed a product, of which I’m already a huge fan. I mean, who doesn’t love natural soda syrups that will bring your soda water or cocktail to the next level?
You know my favorite was a bourbon-based cocktail. I hope you get a chance to enjoy this recipe by RAFT Syrups!
Fig Bourbon Cocktail
2 oz. bourbon
1 fresh fig, cut in half
1 TBS RAFT Lemon Ginger syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
1 oz. sparkling water
In a cocktail shaker muddle fig and RAFT Lemon Ginger syrup into a paste. Fill shaker about halfway with ice cubes. Add bourbon and lemon juice. Shake for about 30 seconds. Strain into a cocktail coupe or other pretty glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with a fig slice. If you’re feeling smoky, try RAFT Smoked Tea Vanilla in place of RAFT Lemon Ginger (One 5 oz. serving).
The flavors currently available are Hibiscus Lavender, Smoked Tea Vanilla, and Lemon Ginger. Bottles are normally 12.7 oz and available for about $19 each (although they also have a fun size for their giftpack that are 3.4oz–$29 for pack of 3). The syrups are created by a slow brewing process and once opened, it’s suggested you refrigerate them. They have a shelf life of up to a year and are relatively low sugar! Each tablespoon contains about 12g of sugar and 50 calories. What about a good Mojito/Nojito? Little known fact–a Mojito was my very first alcoholic beverage ever. I know, I’m also surprised. Adding the Hibiscus Syrup really creates a new profile I really love.
1.5 oz. of silver rum (omit to make a nojito)
2 TBS RAFT Hibiscus Lavender syrup
2 lime wedges
10 mint leaves + 1 mint sprig to garnish
Add about 1/2 cup crushed ice to a 16 oz. glass. Squeeze lime wedges into the glass and drop them in. Add mint leaves. Muddle. Add about 1/2 cup more crushed ice to glass. Pour in rum. Top with sparkling water. Stir in RAFT Hibiscus Lavender and garnish with a sprig of mint (one 16 oz. serving).
Buy Local: PDX
If you’re looking to find some of the RAFT Syrups for yourself, you’re in luck! You can now purchase them through Hollywood Beverage (where I found it below!), Beam & Anchor, 1856, Hop & Vine, The Meadow, and New Deal Distillery. Looking for RAFT Syrups in Seattle? They’re carried in the north as well! Check out Capco (West Seattle), Pacific Food Importers (SoDo), Sugar Pill (Capitol Hill), and Wine World (University District). Everywhere else? You can order ONLINE here. Make sure to sign up for their weekly recipe email and you will get 15% off your first order.
For more recipes, information, and ideas, check out RAFT Syrups’ site HERE.
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