Charleston’s Newest Cocktail Complement: Tippleman’s Not Quite Simple Syrups
words: Stacy Huggins | images: Karson Photography (drink), Andrew Cebulka (bottle)
Handcrafted cocktails are still all the rage in fine establishments everywhere, and they often require the patience of a saint, for both the patron and the mixologist.
The Gin Joint is one such local purveyor of carefully crafted concoctions, but owner Joe Raya often found that his imagination far out-stripped the daily realities required to maintain his ambitious recipes. Namely, the imaginative simple syrups he would dream up were cost prohibitive and too labor intensive for their small establishment to prepare on a daily basis.
A bit of’ history: MariElena and Joe Raya—a husband and wife team who met in culinary school in Manhattan—opened The Gin Joint on East Bay Street in 2010 and launched Bittermilk in 2013. Bittermilk is their award-winning line of mixers that allows us mere mortals to craft fine drinks at home. The Bittermilk production facility provided ample space for Joe to craft the complexly flavored syrups that he was missing from his menu at The Gin Joint. But he didn’t stop there.
The Rayas created Tippleman’s Not Quite Simple Syrups for the professional bartender, allowing drink-slingers everywhere to prepare and serve consistent, complex cocktails with ease. The six flavor profiles—Burnt Sugar, Smoked Maple, Lemon Oleo Saccharum, Falernum, Island Orxata, and Ginger Honey—are non-alcoholic syrups made from straightforward ingredients; organic ones when supply allows. The 16.9-ounce bottles yield enough syrup for as many as 30 cocktails and are handcrafted in small batches here in Charleston.
Head to one of these fine local establishments to try Tippleman’s in your next cocktail:
Edmund’s Oast | 1081 Morrison Drive
Republic Garden and Lounge | 462 King Street
The Cocktail Club | 479 King Street
The Gin Joint | 182 East Bay Street
What The Gin Joint is serving up:
Rittenhouse Rye, Tipplemans Burnt Sugar Syrup, Amaro Nonino, Green Chartreuse
Brokers Gin, Chamomile Tea Syrup, Lemon, Grapefruit, Tipplemans Lemon Oleo Saccharum, Suze, Pamplemousse, Cilantro, Grapefruit Bitters
Geechie Boy Mai Tai
Brugal Especial Rum, Amaro Montenegro, Tippleman’s Island Orxata, Lime, Creme de Noyaux, Dry Curaçao, Peychaud’s Bitters
Sir Joseph B. Tippleman is a discerning badger who lives in Tipple Woods and spends his days foraging for the very best ingredients to fill his cup.