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The Heart Throb with Liber & Co. Texas Grapefruit Shrub

The Heart ThrobAny great cocktail starts with a solid foundation. Some days (or months) call for a bourbon or whiskey drink to gently settle you into winter.  Some weeks only gin-based cocktails sustain. But as the recent snow puddles away and the sunshine begins peaking through, a sweetly tart cocktail that pulses with Lillet Rose is the only thing that will do.

A good heart throb will sweep you off your feet with adoring glances and a come-hither attitude. And so will this cocktail. With a heady mix of luxurious bubbles, luscious ripe berry notes, and a citrusy kick, this is one Heart Throb that’s certain to make the heart a-flutter.

Light and bright and slightly sweet, The Heart Throb is perfect before or after supper, and will endure well into the night. Lillet Rose lends a fruity aroma and playfully rosy hue. The Liber & Co. Grapefruit Shrub adds a hint of citrus fruit, a splash of acidity from the coconut vinegar, and a hit of allspice. A splash bubbles at the finish rounds out this delicately composed cocktail.  As you sip away the night with your sweet, feel your heart begin to take root in your body.


The Heart Throb


1 1/2 oz Lillet Rose

1 1/2 oz Liber & Co. Texas Grapefruit Shrub

Splash of Champagne, 5oz or so (I like Andre Clouet)


Pour equal parts Lillet Rose and Liber & Co. Texas Grapefruit Syrup into a fluted champagne glass. Top off with your favorite champagne, then serve. Your heart throb will thank you.


When springtime rolls around, add a splash of Liber & Co. Texas Grapefruit Shrub to your Gin & Tonic for a citrusy twist on the classic. Or liven up the basic Margarita. With such a well-balanced citrus shrub, the possibilities are truly endless.


Other small-batch cocktail syrups, tonics, bitters, and shrubs can be found at The Meadow’s online shop.

The Surly Shirley with Wild Ginger & Grenadine

The Surly Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple was a sweet, ringlet haired starlet, a childhood legend in the film and music industry. Raised by a banker father and homemaking mother, she rose to fame through 30s and 40s cinema classics like “Curly Top” and signature songs like “On The Good Ship Lollipop.” She became a household name across the country, and even had a drink named after her.

Odds are that if sweet Shirley had an alter ego, she might be a bit pin-straight haired, a little sassy and a lot surly. A true contrast to the bouncy, sparkling, and energetic Shirley we all know and love. And if in that alternate universe that Shirley were to have her own signature cocktail, this Surly Shirley Temple may just be it.

Cappelletti, a wine-based aperitif, provides a flirty edge, with fruity notes signing full force. Wild Ginger Mixer Elixir zings it up, while Jack Rudy Cocktail Small Batch Co. Grenadine dances sweetly across the palate. A Luxardo Maraschino Cherry (or two) adds a bit of velvety luxury. Just the way a surly Shirley would have liked it.


The Surly Shirley

4 oz Soda Water

2 oz Cappelletti Vino Aperitivo

1 oz Wild Ginger Mixer Elixir

1/2 oz of Jack Rudy Cocktail Small Batch Co. Grenadine

Luxardo Maraschino Cherry (or two), for garnish


Pour the soda water, Cappelletti, and Wild Ginger Mixer Elixir into a Collin’s glass with ice cubes. Dash in some grenadine and stir, then garnish with a cherry and serve.


Other syrups, tonics, bitters, and shrubs can be found at The Meadow’s online shop.

German Bitter’s Maker, The Bitter Truth, Goes American

The Bitter Truth, a brand of cocktail bitters and flavorings, is officially bringing its award-winning products to the United States.  At The Meadow we’ve carried The Bitter Truth for a while now, but the move to take on an national distributor signals a big ramp-up in their North American marketing efforts.  Some flavors will apparently not be introduced here, though Jennifer and I will continue to order those from Germany directly as long as they allow us to.

Founded in 2006, by mixologists Stephan Berg and Alexander Hauck, The Bitter Truth offers bartenders a broad range of cocktail seasonings and flavors.  The products that will be available in the U.S. include the award winning Celery Bitters, Old Time Aromatic Bitters, Orange Bitters, Lemon Bitters, as well as the Bittermens Xocolatl Mole and Grapefruit Bitters. All bitters are priced at $15.95 for a 200 ml bottle. A coveted item by bartenders around the world, The Bitter Truth Bitters can now be purchased nationwide.

Originally used as a pharmaceutical elixir, bitters were one of the main ingredients in the earliest cocktail recipes. With the resurgence of classic cocktail culture and growth of contemporary mixology, The Bitter Truth’s products have found great favor amongst the best bartenders in the world.  The Bitter Truth line of products helps bring complexity to cocktails and are intended to be another tool for bartenders and mixologists to create unique, creative and innovative cocktails.

“Bringing the bitters to America has been our dream,” says Stephan Berg, co-founder of The Bitter Truth, “but finding the right importing and distribution partner has been our greatest challenge. The Classic and Vintage Artisanal Spirits Portfolio has the background in specialty spirits and nation-wide reach that we need in order to make this a success.”

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