Tippleman’s is the latest concept from Marielena & Joe Raya. Owners of The Gin Joint in Charleston, South Carolina. The Gin Joint is known as one of the best bars in the States, with a focus on fresh ingredients, changing menus, and innovative events.
The Rayas were one of the earliest manufacturers/retailers of higher end specialty cocktail mixers, marketed as Bittermilk (also available at Amusespot). The Tippleman’s line is their foray into syrups and is a diverse range including falernum, barrel aged cola, and ginger honey.
Like the Bittermilk series, Tippleman’s is exceptional not only in flavor, but also in nuance. Although manufactured specifically for the professional mixology and bar trade, both the mixers and the syrups can easily be used outside of pairing with alcohol.
Perhaps the most versatile of the Tippleman’s series is the Barrel Smoked Maple Syrup, which uses Willett’s bourbon barrel pieces for smoking Grade A Vermont Maple Syrup. The result is a complete knockout- smoky sweetness filled with buttery vanilla. Excellent on ice cream, in a barbecue glaze, or an old fashioned.
Here’s a quick recipe for an old fashioned from Tippleman’s. We would suggest using a nice rye, which will be ‘hotter’ and less sweet than a bourbon.
2 oz Rye Whiskey
1/4 oz. Tippleman’s Barrel Smoked Maple Syrup (to Taste)
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Stir with Ice, Strain into iced Double Old Fashioned Glass
Garnish with Orange Peel and/or Cherry