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Step Up Your Summer Cocktail Game

Did you know that stepping up your summer cocktail game can be simple, yet impressive? Easy, yet delicious. Minimal, yet elegant. You can cheat a little by using gourmet syrups like these from 1883. Maison Routin 1883 draws upon a heritage of boldness and a never-ending pursuit of perfection to create the finest flavoring syrups.

Established in 1883, Routin 1883 is a gourmet syrup manufacturer based in Chambery, in the heart of the French Alps. This is a peek inside Lab 1883. No fewer than 20 “noses” and “palates” are required to classify and define the complex array of sensorial emotions. The result? 2000 references that now comprise an official aroma archive: 1883’s chorus of flavors. Evidence of the dedication it takes to create 1883 de Philibert Routin gourmet syrups. They are made with water from the French Alps, without preservatives, offer superior taste and are available in over 90 flavors. I tried four of them.

Hailing from the Rock Syrups category, 1883 Yuzu Lemon has a citrusy and sweet taste. The combination of the mandarin and lemon flavors in 1883’s Yuzu Lemon syrup carries a strong balance and subtle acidity because of its powerful and zesty aroma. Complemented by aromatic herbs, spices, and fleshy fruits, the complex mandarin and lemon flavors are best mixed with fresh and fruity cocktails both alcoholic and nonalcoholic, or even a simple glass of sparkling water.

I used 1883 Yuzu Lemon Syrup to create the Cool Citron Cocktail. I love a lemony-lime drink that I can sip on a hot summer night. Mix all ingredients and top it off with lemon and lime wedges.

Next up from the Jazz Syrups, we have 1883 Green Apple. One of my favorite flavors for summer, this one yields a high level of acidity that fades into the taste of green apple.

I made this super simple Green Apple Sparkler from 1883 Green Apple Syrup. This one is non-alcoholic, so anyone can enjoy it. Simply add the syrup to the soda and ice. Add a lime or green apple wedge.

From the R‘n’B Syrups, I tried 1883 French Nougat. A trademark of traditional French cuisine, 1883’s French Nougat syrup is filled with intense flavors of honey, almond, vanilla, roasted scents, and a dash of orange blossom. The French Nougat syrup blends best in hot or cold milk, coffee, or chocolate-based drinks, while the delectable honey flavor mixes well in alcoholic creations. For an added boost of tasty creativity, the French Nougat syrup can elevate the flavor of pastries, ice cream, whipped cream, sauces and other creamy desserts.

A variation of 1883's Nougat in Love recipe, I created the Iced Cafe Nougat using 1883 French Nougat Syrup. This one is perfect to serve as a dessert or early morning treat. Take your glass of iced coffee and stir in your syrup. Top it off with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

Also from the R‘n’B category, I tried 1883 Salted Caramel. Characteristic of butter caramel toffee, with a hint of vanilla that fades into a cooked caramel flavor. The flavors are well balanced. Firstly the sweet is stronger then a slightly salty flavor which strengthens the caramel hint appears.

To make a Salted Caramel Coffee Milkshake, you will use 1883 Salted Caramel Syrup. Combine the first three ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Top it off with whipped cream and caramel sauce.

1883 syrups have been organized into six musical groups: classical, jazz, rock, pop, reggae and R‘n’B. These Flavor Vibes have been created in recognition that music is very much part of both a barman and barista’s working day, be it an up-tempo dance tune or soothing ballad. Flavor Vibes also represents the fusion of aromas, aromatic intensity, and the artistic blending of ingredients.

All of 1883’s beverage syrups contain no preservatives, are made only with cane sugar and water from the French Alps. Additionally, all of their fruit flavored syrups contain juices, not just aromas. For more than 130 years, Maison Routin 1883 has relentlessly strived to demonstrate its expertise in the field of beverage flavoring. I can't wait to try more of these gourmet syrups in my summer cocktails!

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