Royal Rose Syrups
BY LISA ZWIRN / PHOTO BY MICHAEL PIAZZA
If you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to the beverages you drink, multiply your options using the nuanced syrups created by Royal Rose Syrups. A spoonful of Rose flavored syrup will charm a flute of champagne and a spill of Orange-Vanilla will perk up a pitcher of iced tea. Use Real Sour Mix to concoct a zesty margarita and Raspberry to make a sweet-tart Raspberry Lime Rickey. The natural, simple syrups will jazz up sparkling water, sangria, lemonade and other juices, and can also be drizzled over fresh fruit, yogurt, or ice cream. The company makes about ten flavors, as well as seasonal varieties such as Strawberry-Fennel and Mulling Spice.
The husband-and-wife team, Emily Butters and Forrest Butler, started producing the syrups in Brooklyn, NY, in 2010; a few years later they moved to the more affordable Brunswick, Maine. Their syrups are made with organic ingredients, including cane sugar, fresh fruits, herbs, spices, rose petals, and chile peppers. In their initial research, Butler says they couldn’t find any similar products that weren’t laden with corn syrup, chemicals, and preservatives. The couple uses local ingredients when available, cooking up 40 gallon batches a few times a week. “My favorites depend on the season,” says Butler. In summer, he enjoys a splash of Lavender-Lemon syrup in a glass of Prosecco, and Ginger-Lime mixed with sparkling water and dark rum (for a different take on a Dark N’ Stormy). In colder months, he’ll add a little Cardamom-Clove to hot apple cider and Three Chile to a mug of hot cocoa. There are plenty of recipe ideas on the company’s website, but you’ll also have fun inventing your own.