Demerara Syrup Recipes


The Charleston Breakfast Coffee

This warming cocktail is a Southerner's take on Irish coffee, richer and more grain-forward in flavor, with a bonus of being made with local whiskey. If you'd like to scale up this recipe to serve more than one person, double the volume of heavy cream and shake it in a quart jar. Increase the cocktail ingredients by the number of cocktails you'd like to make.


2 oz Your Favorite Whiskey

1 oz Eli Mason Demerara Syrup

4 oz Brewed dark-roast coffee

2-3 oz Heavy cream  


Garnish: Mason jar shaken Whipping Cream to make it easy to pour.

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Shaken Rum Sangria

Shaken Rum Sangria

Sangrias and punches are more popular than ever and regardless if you're looking to make a large batch for a party or just a sangria for one, Eli Mason's Demerara Syrup stands ready to help. 

Adding more than just sweetness to a cocktail, Demerara adds subtle sugarcane flavors that come directly from the raw demerara sugar. Demerara is a light brown, lightly refined sugar produced from the first crystallization of raw cane juice. Unlike brown sugar, which is refined white sugar with molasses added back, Demerara retains its molasses from the beginning and lends warm, caramel-like notes to any drink (including coffee). It pairs perfectly with sugarcane-based spirits like rum and Brazilian cachaça, but also works exceptionally well in punches and red wine sangrias. 


2 oz. Red Wine (Such as Red Zinfandel, Tempranillo or Bonarda)

1 oz. Dark Rum

.5 oz. Orange Liqueur

1 oz. Eli Mason Demerara Syrup

.5 oz. Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice

1 oz. Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to chill and transfer to glass to serve. Garnish with a strip of orange zest or slice of fresh fruit.

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Tiki Tiki Tempo

Tiki Tiki Tempo

A good Tiki drink is nothing to scoff at. Composed of layers of flavors that all work together in harmony, you'll need several elements to take any regular cocktail into tropical Tiki status.

It typically starts with a base of good rum. You may even use several varieties of rum, further adding complexity to the flavor. 

Next, you'll need fresh fruit juices. Be it citrus, berry, pineapple or passionfruit, a blend of several juices will add even more depth.

Finally, you'll want a 'seasoning' or spice. This can often come from the uses flavored syrups like our Demerara Syrup, which lends a rich great sugarcane flavor to a drink. Sometimes you'll even see the addition of nutmeg, cinnamon, or other spices as well. 

Once combined and shaken with ice, you'll have a complex yet refreshing Tiki Drink!


1 oz. Light Rum

1 oz. Spiced Rum

1 oz. Dark Rum

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1 oz. Fresh Pineapple Juice

1 oz. Strawberry Nectar

.5 oz. Eli Mason Demerara Syrup

Pinch of Nutmeg

Fresh Fruit for Garnish

Combine all ingredients except garnish in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to chill and strain into a glass with fresh ice. Garnish and serve.

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Demerara Cooler

Demerara Cooler

Sometimes you need a refreshing pick-me-up without the booze. This simple cooler gives you maximum complexity with minimal sugar and can easily be customized to complement your great taste.

Try it with muddled blackberries and cucumber. Or a splash of your favorite spirit. Why not?! 

Your choice of bitters will have a big impact on the final flavor of this drink. Experiment with different types: Aromatic, orange, chocolate ...

Have fun with it!


.5 oz. Eli Mason Demerara Syrup

.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

2-3 Dashes of Bitters (your choice)

Club Soda

Pour the first three ingredients over ice in a Collins glass and top with soda. Give it a quick stir. It’s that easy. 

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Demerara Daiquiri

Demerara Daiquiri

The name "daiquiri" has been wrongfully appropriated by sugary-sweet, brightly-colored beach drinks. While those are fun for novelty's sake, they're nothing close to the original.

A simple combination of rum, lime juice, and sugar ... the addition of our Demerara Syrupadds depth and richness to the flavor while complimenting the sugarcane flavors of a good rum.

Variation of the Century: Try it with Plantation Stiggins' Fancy Pineapple Rum, a rich and delicious infused spirit of recent origin. It's not always easy to find, but this is the perfect 3-ingredient drink for outdoor summer entertaining. 


2 oz. Rum - [Experiment to find your favorite for this recipe.]

1 oz. Fresh-Squeezed Lime Juice

.5 oz. Eli Mason Demerara Syrup

Lime for Garnish

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously to chill and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with a strip of lime zest. 

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