Sugar Free Amaro

MDR Labs is proud to introduce the newest member of our Sugar Free liqueur recipes, Sugar Free Amaro!

For a little history lesson, Sugar Free Amaro is an herbal liqueur that is commonly imbibed as an after-dinner digestif. Digestifs were theorized to aid in the digestive process. Sugar free amaro is only one example of a digestif, others include brandy/cognac or fortified wines (like sherry or port).

Sugar Free Castle Habour Special

The Sugar Free Castle Habour Special is a refreshing and fruity drink that is sure to please the pallete.  The Sugar Free Castle Habour Special comes to us from originally from 1928 and was first referenced in The Gentleman’s Companion*, by Charles H. Baker, Jr.

While the cocktail calls for an aged rum, we swapped it out for a spiced rum. It still tasted great. I’m sure with an aged rum, it would have a little less spice and a little more woody richness, but combined with the citrus of the lime, the unmistakeable pineapple flavor, and the grenadine, I’m sure it will be equally delicious.

The Sugar Free Paloma

The Sugar Free Paloma recipe comes to us from Imbibe Magazine.  It was recommended while we were looking up some fun Cinco de Mayo cocktails.  But now that we’ve tried it and found it so refreshing, this may become a nice go-to cocktail for those hot summer days!

The Sugar Free Paloma is a slightly different take on a classic margarita, but with grapefruit flavor in addition to the lime.  Honest, after trying the Paloma, I may not go back to the margarita!

Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Cocktail

The Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Cocktail is an original MDR Labs creation!  The flavors of bourbon, pumpkin, cream, and the Sugar Free Allspice Dram meld together wonderfully in this new autumnal cocktail that can be served either cold or hot!

That’s right, with a little effort, the same combination of reagents can completely transform the Sugar Free Pumpkin Spice Cocktail from a cool and refreshing seasonal beverage, to a slightly spicier version to warm your innards in the cold fall evenings!

The Sugar Free Conquistador

The Sugar Free Conquistador has a lot going on! From the aged rum to the ample citrus and bitters, the Sugar Free Conquistador brings a ton of flavor in one drink!

The original drink is credited to Sam Ross, but we made our adaptation from the recipe by searching Kindred Cocktails.

The Sugar Free Tom Collins

The Sugar Free Tom Collins Cocktail is as refreshing as it is delicious.  This beauty, first written about back in 1876 by the famous bartender, Jerry Thomas, has a little history behind it.

It’s believed that Jerry Thomas based this drink of the Great Tom Collins Hoax of 1874, which is described on wikipedia. Here is an excerpt:

The Sugar Free Stinger

The Sugar Free Stinger is one powerful drink!  This one is not recommended for the faint of heart, or those who are not brandy/cognac fans.

The origins of the Stinger seem to be a little clouded over time, but there is a mention of it in Tom Bullock’s Ideal Bartenderwhich was published back in 1917.

Sugar Free Elderflower Cordial

MDR Labs is proud to bring you our newest spirit adaptation, the Sugar Free Elderflower Cordial!  The original source recipe comes to us from our friends at SeriousEats.com.

Elderflower cordials have a long history, and while elderberries do come from the same plant, please do not mistake this for an elderberry cordial!

The Sugar Free Elderflower Cordial is surprisingly easy to make and relatively inexpensive, as well.  Our friends at Starwest Botanicals are, again, a good source of the necessary dry ingredients for our extractions.

Sugar Free Opening Cocktail

The Sugar Free Opening Cocktail is another wonderful adaptation from the Savoy Cocktail Book.  It is a wonderful blend between the blended whiskey and the herby notes of the sweet vermouth.  The presence of the grenadine also helps accent this.

We’ve found a different combinations of this drink listed over on DrinksMixer.com, we see the ratio of Whiskey:Vermouth:Grenadine to be 3:1:1, whereas at the Savoy version is a 2:1:1.  It really probably depends on just how much you tend to like whiskey, but I bet both are good.

The Sugar Free Special Relationship

The Sugar Free Special Relationship is based on the Conference, according to it’s creator.  The Special Relationship was created by the kindred cocktails user endless_optimism, though we are uncertain as to who this user really is, or if they have a twitter account (we couldn’t find one).

The first thing you’ll notice about this recipe is that it seems to have just about everything in it!  We were a little trepidatious at first, blending so many bold whiskey flavors (rye, bourbon and scotch!) with apple brandy and bitters.  How would all those strong flavors mesh, and wouldn’t it be exceedingly strong?