New Funkin syrups offer smoke and fiery spice for cocktails

Funkin Smoke & Jalapeno Syrup

Bars can tap into hot spice and smoky flavours through two new single-batch syrups launched by cocktail ingredient specialist Funkin.

Funkin Pro Jalapeño Syrup and Funkin Pro Smoked Syrup were developed for the on-trade based on feedback from bartenders and the spiced and smoked food trends reflected by the US smokehouse and Mexican fusion food revolution.

Deep amber in colour, Funkin Pro Smoked Syrup is flavoured using smoked oak wood. With over half of frequent cocktail drinkers choosing smoky cocktails, the trend is driven by the popularity of American-themed gourmet junk food and the growth of whiskey bars and bourbon cocktails in the on-trade.

For the Funkin Pro Jalapeño Syrup, ground Jalapeños are used to create a fiery, peppery heat. The carefully balanced flavours are combined to deliver a mix of exotic flavours, igniting the palate. As well as meeting consumer demand for spice, it enables bars to add a contemporary twist to classic cocktails.

Funkin managing director Andrew King said: “As leaders in cocktail innovation, it’s natural that the newest products to join our single-batch syrup range target current consumer consumption trends, which include the rise in American and Mexican dishes and cocktails.

“Spice is a well-established flavour and consumers are experimenting with new and exotic ingredients such as sriracha, sambal and wasabi, while smoked cocktails are growing in popularity alongside American whiskey and bourbon cocktails.

“Working with our network of bartenders, Funkin is excited to introduce the on-trade to Funkin Pro Jalapeño and Smoked Syrups ensuring consistency each and every time, giving bartenders free rein to create a variety of inspirational cocktails.”

Sweetened with pure cane sugar, Funkin syrups have no artificial flavourings or colourings. Funkin Pro Smoked Syrup and Jalapeño Syrup are available in cases of six 36cl bottles and have a two-year shelf life.

Funkin New Age Cream Soda
20ml Funkin Pro Smoke Syrup
1 barspoon Funkin Citric Syrup
37.5ml Vanilla vodka
Top Soda
Build on cubes into Collins glass. Garnish with a lemon wedge

Funkin Sazerac ‘N’ Smoke
10ml Funkin Pro Smoke Syrup
10ml Funkin Sugar Cane Syrup
50ml Rye whiskey
4 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
Stirred in an Old Fashioned Glass. Garnish with Atomised Absinthe and lemon zest.

Funkin Second Amnesty
17.5ml Funkin Pro Smoke Syrup
40ml Bourbon
10ml Rye whiskey
2 drops cloves tincture
Atomised coffee absinthe
Stirred in an Old Fashioned Glass. Garnish with Ice Block and orange zest.

Jalapeño Margarita
50ml Tequila
25ml Funkin Pure Pour Lime
25ml Triple sec
5ml Funkin Pro Jalapeño Syrup
Glass: Martini
Shake and double strain. Garnish with a lime wedge and salt rim

Raspberry and Chilli Mojito
50ml Rum
15ml Funkin Pro Sugar Cane Syrup
25ml Funkin Pure Pour Lime
25ml Funkin Raspberry Puree
5ml Funkin Pro Jalapeno Syrup
Glass: Highball
Build and churn. Garnish with raspberry, mint and lime.

Parsley Margarita (pictured below)
40ml Parsley-infused Herradura tequila
20ml Clarified sweet tomato water
25ml Funkin Pure Pour Lime
3 drops Szechuan pepper tincture
10ml Dry curaçao
5ml Funkin Pro Jalapeno Syrup
2.5ml Funkin Pro Sugar Cane Syrup
Glass: Tin goblet
Shake and strain. Garnish with a parsley leaf plus lime zest (discarded).

Funkin Parsley Margarita

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