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Hello Drinks' Alternative Sugar Syrups

The essential component that gives all sorts of cocktails body, texture, and balance is sugar. Agave nectar, cane sugar, demerara, and honey are the most popular sugar sources for beverages that are made into syrups for convenience of mixing, yet these barely scrape the surface of what is conceivable.

In order to produce more flavorful sweeteners that add depth and complexity to a cocktail, cocktail bars all over the world have started to elevate syrups above their most basic forms through the use of spices, fruits, barks, and other botanicals as well as high-concept techniques during the syrup-making process. Bartenders are beginning to investigate other sources of sugar with a variety of flavors and sweetness levels in addition to those more complex formulas.

Here are five different sweetener syrups, you definitely should try out soon!

Brown Sugar

Simply said, brown sugar is made up of molasses and regular table sugar. This kind of sugar is perfect for dark-spirited drinks since the molasses gives it a depth and powerful texture.

Although it isn't a syrup for every drink, brown sugar is a good choice when you want to try something new because it is so common in kitchen cabinets.

Maple Syrup

With its distinctive flavor profile, maple syrup—a favorite of both home and professional bartenders—makes it simple to transform a traditional cocktail, like an Old Fashioned or a Margarita, into an entirely new beverage.

Date Syrup

Dates are dried and crushed into date sugar, which should not be confused with date palm sugar. Due to their abundance in antioxidants, B vitamins, iron, potassium, fiber, and other nutrients, dates are regarded as a "superfood." Ironically, dates are also roughly 80% sugar, making them a great source of sugar in addition to their nutritious advantages.

Dates aren't the most cocktail-friendly ingredient in its dehydrated and ground sugar forms, either, as their high fiber content hinders the sugar from entirely dissolving when combined into a syrup.

Palm Sugar 

Coconut sugar, commonly referred to as coconut palm sugar, is a type of sugar made from the sap of the coconut palm. It's a sugar substitute with more nutrients than regular table sugar, including minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, and potassium, which give syrups some structure. The fact that this demerara-adjacent sugar source actually adds a smokiness and savory element to drinks and goes particularly well with darker spirits is the true distinction.

Monk Fruit Sugar Syrup 

Monk fruit is a tiny Southeast Asian gourd about the size of a passion fruit. The fruit's name comes from the fact that Buddhist monks utilized it for the first time in the 13th century. Despite being 150–250 times sweeter than regular sugar, the fruit has recently gained popularity as an alternative sugar source because it has no calories, carbs, sodium, or fat. Since this syrup is so intensely sweet, you could find that you need to use less of it in some drinks, with the amount being adjusted to taste.

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