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Complicate Your Simple

Complicate Your Simple

Ask a bartender their favorite cocktail and there’s a good chance you’ll get this answer: a gimlet, or a daiquiri. What do these classic cocktails have in common? They both clock in at three easy-peasy ingredients. Oh, and one of those ingredients is simple syrup.

Simple syrup, a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water that acts as the default sweetener for your cocktails, lends necessary balance. The sweetness offsets sour citrus and mellows sharp spirits. But by spiking your sugar, you can transform your syrup into a powerful flavor vehicle, bringing out subtle flavors and amping up stronger ones. Because, well, we like simple cocktails, but complicated simple.

Spicy

Spice up your simple with red pepper flakes, or swap in Sichuan peppercorns to tingle your taste buds.

1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
1 tbsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

Heat on the stove and stir until sugar is dissolved, then cover and let sit for two hours. Strain to remove red pepper and store in the fridge.

Recommended pairing:
AMASS Cucumber Gimlet

2 oz Cucumber-Infused AMASS Dry Gin*
1 oz Lime Juice
0.75 oz Spicy Simple Syrup
Lime Wheel, for garnish (optional)

Cut up one medium cucumber, place in a large pitcher, pour in a bottle of AMASS Dry Gin, and stir. Let sit for one hour and remove the cucumber. Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a coupe.

Herbal

Complement the herbaceous quality of our Dry Gin with a couple sprigs of rosemary.

1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
2 Rosemary Sprigs

Heat on the stove and stir until sugar is dissolved, then cover and let sit for two hours. Remove rosemary sprigs and store in the fridge.

Recommended pairing:
AMASS French 75

1.5 oz AMASS Dry Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Rosemary Simple Syrup
3 oz Sparkling Wine (Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava)

Quick shake with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine.

Sour

Let the sour notes of our spirits sing with a kiss of hibiscus.

1 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
0.5 cup Dried Hibiscus Flowers

Heat on the stove and stir until sugar is dissolved, then allow the flowers to steep for an additional five minutes. Strain to remove petals and store in the fridge.

Recommended pairing:
Hibiscus Tom Collins

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Hibiscus Simple Syrup
3 oz Club Soda
Lemon Wheel, for garnish

Do a quick shake with a couple ice cubes or just put all ingredients directly into a Collins glass, add soda and ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Hibiscus Hot Toddy

Hibiscus Hot Toddy

Think of this toddy as a salve for weary souls. Warming, cozy, yet vibrant enough to transport you from the humdrum of your living room, this cup of hot honey and hibiscus gives us both the comfort and brightness we crave this winter.

Hibiscus Hot Toddy

Ingredients

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Hibiscus Honey Syrup*
Lemon twist or wheel, for garnish

Recipe

Combine ingredients and add 3-4oz hot water. For best results, use ingredients at room temperature, or better yet, warm them up by putting them in a container and then putting that in a warm water bath for a few minutes before adding hot water. Garnish with a lemon twist or lemon wheel.

*For hibiscus honey syrup, make .5 cup strong hibiscus tea. Combine tea with one cup of honey in a pan over low heat. Stir until honey dissolves. The resulting mixture should be a deep purple-red color (and taste delicious!).

Pumpkin Spice Fizz

Pumpkin Spice Fizz

Compared to the all-night bar crawls and elaborate costume parties of autumns past, Halloween this year is looking a little more… understated. But that doesn’t mean we’re not celebrating at home. Put on that pumpkin costume you mistakenly bought on clearance last year, queue up Hocus Pocus, and get shaking for a cocktail that leans more sweet than spooky. This year has already been scary enough.

Pumpkin Spice Fizz

Ingredients

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup*
1 Egg White
Pumpkin Spice, for garnish

Recipe

Add gin, lemon, simple syrup, and egg white to shake. Dry shake hard, without ice, for 10-15 seconds to emulsify egg white. Then add ice, shake hard for another 10 seconds, and strain into a Collins glass. Add ice, top with soda, and sprinkle pumpkin spice on top of the cocktail.

*Make strong tea with a pumpkin spice tea and use tea in place of water to make 1:1 simple syrup

Your Guide to At-Home August Drinking

Your Guide to At-Home August Drinking

At the start of 2020, our in-house cocktail connoisseur Robby Nelson made his bold predictions for the drink trends that would dominate the bar scene this year. That was, of course, before COVID flipped the bar and restaurant industry on its head, where it would stay in a metaphorical headstand for the foreseeable future.

In retrospect, there was a lot Robby got right about this year: we’ve seen the rise of pre-batched drinks and classic cocktails, along with a newfound appreciation for thoughtful consumption and low-to-no ABV. The only differences? Our cocktails have been confined to to-go cups, our sipping relegated to the couch, and our once dusty bar carts nearly entirely diminished. We’re drinking at home, and we’re drinking better than ever.

As we savor these last dog days of summer, we’re craving refreshing, easy-to-make cocktails that rival those sipped on the packed rooftop bars and beachside bungalows of summers past. Here’s what we’re shaking up to stay safe and cool now through Labor Day, as told to you by Robby himself.

Gimlet

You may not have to worry about scurvy anymore, but you should still drink gimlets.

Ingredients

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
1 oz fresh lime juice
0.75 oz Simple Syrup
Lime Wheel, for garnish (optional)

Recipe

Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a coupe glass.

Take it up a notch with a Cucumber Gimlet, made with cucumber-infused AMASS Dry Gin:

• Cut up one medium cucumber.
• Put cucumber into a large pot or pitcher.
• Pour a bottle of AMASS into the container and stir.
• Let sit for an 1 hr +, tasting periodically after 30 minutes to see how intense the cucumber flavor is.

Or spice up your life with a Spicy Gimlet, made with red pepper simple syrup:

• Pour one cup sugar, one cup water, and one tablespoon of crushed red pepper into a pot.
• Turn on low heat and stir until sugar has dissolved, then turn off heat and cover.
• Let sit for 1hr+, tasting periodically to see how spicy it is. The longer you let it steep with the red pepper flakes, the spicier it will get.
• When it has reached your desired level of spice, you can strain out the red pepper flake using a fine mesh strainer (Note: it should be pretty spicy; remember, you’re only using less than an ounce per cocktail, so if you want the cocktail to be spicy the simple syrup will have to be spicy!)
• If it’s TOO spicy, use the red pepper simple syrup along with regular simple syrup or mix the two together.

Tom Collins

Tall, bubbly, gin-based cocktails like the Tom Collins should be everyone’s go-to for summer. After all, they are incredibly refreshing, much like that other effervescent, quintessential summer drink: the gin and tonic.

Ingredients

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Simple Syrup
3 oz Club Soda
Lemon Wheel, for garnish

Recipe

Do a quick shake with a couple ice cubes or just put all ingredients directly into a Collins glass, add soda and ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Rickey

The Rickey is the original “healthy/skinny/low-sugar” cocktail. For your friend who can’t order a cup of black coffee without saying “not too sweet.”

Ingredients

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin or Botanic Vodka
0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice
0.25 oz Simple Syrup, optional
4 oz Club Soda

Recipe

Build in Collins glass, add soda and ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Note: Traditionally a Gin Rickey doesn’t have any sugar, but I find a little bit of simple syrup helps add body and take just a bit of the edge off the tartness. This drink should still be tart and refreshing!

Summer Martini

Much like how you can never be overdressed or overeducated, you can also never go wrong drinking a martini. But sometimes you don’t want to wear a pantsuit, no matter how fierce you look. It’s summer, it’s hot. Put on something to keep you cool and sip on this to keep you fashionable.

Ingredients

1.5 oz Cucumber-Infused AMASS Dry Gin (remember that?!)
1.5 oz Cocchi Americano
Cucumber Wheel, for garnish

Recipe

Stir and serve on the rocks for poolside sitting, or up for an evening patio dinner; just don’t forget to garnish with a cucumber wheel.

Batched Negroni

When I go to parties, I always bring a batched cocktail. People always get excited and say, “Oh, you’re making cocktails?!” And I say, “No, you’re pouring cocktails.” Batched cocktails are even more in-style right now, because you can stay safely distanced while drinking a delicious self-pour drink. 

Ingredients

10 oz AMASS Dry Gin
7 oz Campari
7 oz Sweet Vermouth
Orange Twist, for garnish

Recipe

In an empty wine bottle (in the times of COVID, I know you have an empty wine bottle nearby, or you’re working on one), add the ingredients.Turn it upside down a few times to make sure it’s mixed. Don’t forget to seal it first! Use an old cork or a screw top bottle. Pour over the rocks and garnish with an orange twist, half orange wheel, or nothing. We’re in a pandemic, so drink.

Not feeling a negroni? Maybe batch that Summer Martini we just talked about!

Ingredients

12 oz Cucumber-Infused AMASS Dry Gin
12 oz Cocchi Americano

Recipe

Seal, turn upside down, and shake to make sure it’s mixed. Serve on the rocks with a cucumber wheel.

Cheers!

Lucid Dreaming

Lucid Dreaming

We're ringing in National Martini Day with a riff on the classic Vesper Martini. AMASS Dry Gin is washed with Brightland LUCID Olive Oil to give the resulting cocktail a velvety texture and bright, peppery flavor.

Lucid Dreaming

Ingredients

1.5 oz Brightland LUCID Olive Oil-Washed AMASS Dry Gin*
1 oz AMASS Botanic Vodka
0.5 oz Cocchi Americano
0.5 tsp Brightland LUCID Olive Oil and Olive, for garnish

Recipe

Pour all of the ingredients into a mixing glass, add ice, and stir well. Strain into a martini or cocktail glass. Garnish with 0.5 tsp Brightland LUCID Olive Oil and Olive.

*Mix 3 oz Brightland LUCID Olive oil with 12 oz AMASS Dry Gin in a resealable container, preferably with a wide opening. Seal the container, shake it up to mix, and place in the refrigerator for 12 hours. Remove and place in freezer overnight (or for several hours) until the olive oil floating on top of the gin has firmed up. Using a fine tea strainer or coffee filter, strain the gin into another sealed container, leaving behind the plug of olive oil. Keep olive oil-washed gin in fridge and use within four months.

Shaken, Not Stirred

Shaken, Not Stirred

In our weekly series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each Wednesday, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home.

This week: A drink fit for 007 himself, the Vesper was invented by none other than Bond author Ian Fleming. While all-spirit cocktails are typically stirred, Bond takes his with a heavy shake. Go ahead and follow his lead while queuing up some of our other cinematic crushes of the golden age.

To drink—
Vesper Martini

To watch—
Relive the glories of the golden age of cinema with drama darlings Bardot and Bogart. Find the full list of vintage escapeshere.

To listen—
Dim the lights and put on silky smooth tunes from the likes of Cleo Sol and Grace Carter.

Vesper Martini

Ingredients

1.5 oz AMASS Dry Gin
1 oz AMASS Botanic Vodka
0.5 oz Cocchi Americano
Lemon Twist, for garnish

Recipe

Pour ingredients into a mixing glass or cocktail shaker with ice and stir or shake, depending on your preference. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Spanish Love Affair

Spanish Love Affair

In our weekly series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each Wednesday, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home.

This week: Kick off summer with some nostalgic hits, far-flung love affairs, and a freshened up take on the classic G&T.

To drink—
Spanish Love Affair

To watch—
Make your way around the globe without leaving your living room by watching one of the far-flung flicks from maude’s "Affairs Abroad" list.

To listen—
Lull yourself into an endless summer with retro hits from the likes of Lionel Richie and Phil Collins.

Spanish Love Affair

Ingredients

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
4 oz Tonic Water
Fresh Herbs & Citrus, for garnish

Recipe

Pour over ice and garnish with your preferred herbs and citrus (we like rosemary, grapefruit peel, and lime). 

Or for a zero-proof option…

Skip the gin and doctor up your favorite sparkling water with herbs and citrus.

Take The Bitter With The Sweet

Take The Bitter With The Sweet

In our weekly series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each Wednesday, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home.

This week: the classic negroni, a cocktail complex in taste and simple in execution. Thought up by Count Camillo Negroni in a Florence cafe when he wanted a stronger take on his favorite Americano, the bitter-turned-sweet cocktail has withstood the test of time. Maybe we’re biased, but we prefer ours with an even heavier pour of gin.

To drink—
Negroni

To read—
Anyone that’s listened to the soulful crooning of James Blake or Marvin Gaye knows that the right song can have, uh, aphrodisiac qualities. Learn why mood music turns you on here.

To listen—
For some more subtly sexy tracks, turn to the classical soundtracks that fuel the romance in flicks like Call Me By Your Name and Under The Tuscan Sun.

Negroni

Ingredients

1.5 oz AMASS Dry Gin*
1 oz Campari
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
Orange Twist, for garnish

Recipe

Combine gin, campari, and sweet vermouth in a glass filled with ice. Stir gently to dilute and garnish with an orange twist

*Our recipe skews heavy on the gin, but feel free to pull it back to just 1 oz if you prefer a less spirit-centric sip.

My Hibs Don't Lie

My Hibs Don't Lie

In our weekly series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each Wednesday, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home.

This week: So far, we’re not big on the ‘20s. Escape to sweeter times with a pretty-in-pink drink and the ‘90s’ best rom-coms.

To watch—
Like boy bands and butterfly clips, romantic comedies were done best in the ‘90s. Head to maude for their favorites from the genre’s winning decade.

To listen—
Keep the ‘90s train rolling with a playlist straight out of a Nora Ephron character’s Walkman.

To drink—
Hibs Don't Lie

Hibs Don't Lie

Ingredients

2 oz AMASS Dry Gin
0.75 oz Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Hibiscus Honey Syrup

Hibiscus Honey Syrup:
1 part Strong Hibiscus Tea
2 parts Honey

Recipe

To make the hibiscus honey syrup, brew strong hibiscus tea and mix with honey until completely dissolved. Pour the syrup into a shaking tin along with the gin and lemon juice and shake with ice for 10-15 seconds or until the tin is ice cold. Strain into a coupe glass.

If you aren’t drinking:

1 part Lemon Juice
1 part Hibiscus Honey Syrup

Serve on the rocks with a splash of soda.

Bath Time Bubbly

Bath Time Bubbly

In our weekly series, we talk content and cocktails with maude, a modern sexual wellness brand based out of Brooklyn. Each Wednesday, we’ll offer recommended rituals for an intimate evening at home.

This week: celebrate this week’s small victories by popping open a bottle of bubbly and settling into a bubble bath.

Before—
Make like your favorite rom-com and indulge in a boozy soak in the tub. Swirl maude’s soak no. 1 into warm water for an even more luxurious soak.

During—
Whether you’re romancing yourself or your partner, queue up a playlist loaded with all the classic love songs by none other than Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding.

After—
Round out your evening by putting on one of the out of the world films like Barbarella and Gattaca in maude’s galactic roundup.

French 75

Ingredients

1.5 oz AMASS Dry Gin
1 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
3 oz Sparkling Wine (Champagne, Prosecco, or Cava)

Recipe

Quick shake with ice and strain into a champagne flute. Top with sparkling wine.

If you aren’t drinking:

1.5 oz Lemon Juice
1 oz Simple Syrup

Serve on the rocks with a splash of soda.

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