Starting Fresh

I always wanted to develop a product, something tangible that I could stand behind and say, “I made this!”  Given the recent revival of handcrafted cocktails (and our enjoyment of them), my wife Leslie, challenged me to create a delicious cocktail mixer. I saw an opportunity to enhance a too often neglected cocktail — the Gin and Tonic.

Armed with determination, a bag full of groceries, tree bark (we’ll get to that later), a love of cooking and a bit of knowledge (thanks to my mixologist brother-in-law David at Prato) I set out to create an all-natural tonic syrup with a twist.  While I would honor traditional tonic notes of citrus and bitter, I wanted to use non-traditional flavors to create a syrup that was completely different from any other on the market. 

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