Great cocktails don’t have to be complicated. These locally made shrubs, bitters and syrups all amplify your drinks with aromatics and intriguing flavor combinations.
Presley Green, a 9-year veteran of the Kansas City beverage scene, debuted Green Bitters last fall. He sources as many local ingredients as possible to make a variety of bitters, shrubs and syrups. Some of his more unusual flavors include dandelion and peanut butter bitters, while shrubs range from mango-poblano to English pea. His products are available for purchase online. greenbitters.com
Kansas City-based Boozy Botanicals specializes in infused cocktail syrups ideal for making craft cocktails at home. Owner Cheryl Bisbee's classic rose syrup is the flagship, but don’t miss flavors like vanilla-allspice and lavender-Earl Grey. Boozy Botanicals products are sold online and in select regional retailers. boozybotanicals.com
The Bitters Club
Marcel van Eeden launched The Bitters Club in New Franklin, Missouri, last year with a line of four cocktail mixers, two bitters and a lavender-amaro syrup. If you’re feeling adventurous, The Bitters Club also offers DIY mixes to make your own bitters at home. We like the hibiscus whiskey sour cocktail mixer, which adds floral notes to the classic drink. Browse and buy his products online. bittersclub.com
Heirloom Bottling Co.
In St. Louis, Heirloom Bottling Co.’s Brad Zulick uses fresh ingredients to make both shrubs and simple syrups. The aromatic combinations are easy to pair with your favorite spirit: The cherry-orange spice cocktail syrup is particularly nice with whiskey. Select products are available online as well as at a handful of St. Louis-area stores. heirloombottling.com
KC Canning Co.
Cocktail buffs have long sung the praises of KC Canning Co. Shrubs are great mixers; usually made from vinegar, sugar and fruit, they’re often called drinking vinegars. We like KC Canning Co.’s Meyer lemon-lavender shrub stirred into a gin and tonic. KC Canning Co. also offers blood orange-ginger, watermelon-habanero and smoked and spiced pear shrubs, which you can order online or pick up at specialty stores such as Made in KC in Kansas City and Civil Alchemy in the St. Louis area. kansascitycanningco.com