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Simple syrups that will make you reconsider every drink you’ve ever made

By Brandy Gonsoulin

Remember when grenadine was a thing, and margaritas made with glow-in-the-dark sour mix graced your Friday night happy hour? Yeah, thank goodness those days are over. Today, we get to sip on crafted drinks made with fresh ingredients and quality spirits. And thanks to phAlchemy, the makers of handcrafted simple syrups, shrubs, and bitters based on seasonal, regional and fresh ingredients, everything liquid in your life just got more creative.

A culmination of a little curiosity, a touch of wizardry, and a commitment to using quality, inventive ingredients, phAlchemy is the brainchild of a group of alchemists, and it began in a 115-year-old pink house in Arkansas. They’ve since grown out of that home kitchen and now have a retail shop and offices in a new house that they’ve appropriately painted pink. Each product brings a concentrated burst of flavor that complement cocktails, tea, beer, or even coffee.

The Hibiscus Rose syrup sweetens up boring Earl Grey tea, and the Herbalicious syrup, a mix of lavender, mint, thyme, and rosemary, is perfect for summer’s signature drink, lemonade. The Sarsaparilla syrup makes a creative Manhattan or old-fashioned. Mocktails even get a makeover—say goodbye to the standard ginger beer and soda moonlighting as a Moscow Mule and add their syrups or shrubs to soda and bitters garnished with fresh herbs. Ever had a lavender or Mexican chile sno-cone? With phAlchemy, you now can. The syrupy, sweet possibilities are endless.

Fun Facts

  • The pH Lavender Syrup made its way into Imbibe magazine’s Mother’s Day cocktail kit to star in the Hummingbird cocktail.
  • Sarsaparilla is a root native to the Ozarks that has been used to make root beer for decades and was a popular drink for cowboys in the “Old West.” It’s also known to have medicinal properties, so just another reason to drink up.

Make-your-own Lavender French 75 gift box

A bottle of wine is a fine gift, but wouldn’t it be better to give a make-your-own craft cocktail—with a handcrafted syrup? Yes, the answer is yes. Gift the pH Lavender French 75 cocktail by packaging mini gin and Champagne bottles with the pH lavender syrup and a fresh lemon in a kraft box. If you really want to wow your giftee, throw in a Champagne flute and a vintage shaker and handwrite the recipe on a note card. Then sit back and relax, because you just killed it at the foodie gift giving game.

phAlchemy French 75

2 oz gin
1 oz pH Lavender syrup
1 oz fresh lemon juice

1. Shake with ice and strain into Champagne flute.
2. Float with champagne.
3. Garnish with thick lemon twist.