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Demerara Syrup Recipes

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The Bukowski

The Bukowski

It's dark and bitter cocktail with just a touch of complex sweetness, named after the eponymous poet of similar description and unrivaled notoriety. Charles Bukowski championed what he might call the working stiff — bartenders, mail carriers, plumbers — and worked to bring the poetry of their lives to the wider world.

The drink itself is garnished with dark maraschino cherries. Our Demerara Syrup provides a gentle sweetness and rounds out this spirit-forward sipper.

We have no patience for neon-red maraschinos. Only a high-quality cherry like Luxardo Maraschino will do.

INGREDIENTS

2.0 oz. Bourbon

1.0 oz. Amaro Averna

0.5 oz. Eli Mason Demerara Syrup

0.5 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

1 Barspoon Cherry Syrup (from your jar of primo cherries)

Stir ingredients over ice and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with premium cherries and a lemon twist.

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The Friendly Jungle Bird

The Friendly Jungle Bird

Tiki drinks are not only refreshing and fun. They're also easily customized to your taste. Not sweet enough? Add more juice! Dark rum too funky for this recipe? Switch to spiced rum.

This variation on The Jungle Bird bumps up the amount of pineapple juice and replaces the strongly bitter Campari with its lighter flavored cousin Aperol, making for a less bitter finish and (we think) a better balanced sipper. You might even say it's a more friendly drink.

As always, squeeze your own fresh lime juice, though feel free to use a pre-squeezed pineapple juice as long as it's not from concentrate

This recipe can easily be multiplied to make a large batch for a party. Tiki punch!

INGREDIENTS

1 oz. Dark Rum

1 oz. Aperol

.5 oz. Eli Mason Demerara Syrup

.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

3 oz. Pineapple Juice

Combine all ingredients and shake vigorously with ice. Strain into a fun glass over ice and garnish audaciously. Serve with a bendy straw for the full bird-neck effect.

 

VARIATIONS

Add 1 oz. mezcal for a smoky Mayan Jungle Bird.

For a classic version of The Jungle Bird, replace the Aperol with .5 oz. Campari and drop the pineapple juice to 2 oz. 

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