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Sugar House Libations » Utah company gives fresh fruits, herbs and spices a leading role in mixed drinks.

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"It’s been really fun to have this gourmet item in the kitchen to play around with," she said. "It really adds some zing to everyday recipes."


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Flavored vodkas for Christmas

Ogden’s Own Distillery recently released two vodkas with holiday flavors: Sinful, a cinnamon-flavored vodka, and Heavenly, a vanilla vodka.

Owner Steve Conlin said the cinnamon-flavored spirits are one of the hottest items in the liquor industry, a trend that started with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky. Made by the Louisiana-base Sazerac Co., the spirit’s sales have nearly tripled since 2012.

Since then, other companies have jumped on the bandwagon including Ogden’s Own.

Conlin said while Fireball Whiskey tastes similar to red-hot cinnamon candies. Utah’s Own’s has a softer flavor. “Ours is more like a cinnamon roll.”

While developing Sinful, Conlin and his team happened upon a vanilla flavor they liked and Heavenly was born.

The vodkas have enough flavor that cocktail takes only one or two ingredients, Conlin said, noting that he has added the vanilla flavor to Coca-Cola and cream soda with good results.

Both of the spirits sell for $17.95 and are available in the distillery’s on-sight retail shop at 3075 Grant Ave.

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This line of locally-made simple syrups, made with fresh fruit, herbs and spices and organic cane sugar, can be used for cocktails and cooking.

Where to buy » Bi-weekly Winter Market at the Rio Grande Depot, 300 South Rio Grande, Salt Lake City; Mod a-go-go, 242 E South Temple, Salt Lake City; and Park City Meat and Provisions, 1890 Bonanza Dr., Park City.

Cost » $18 per 750 ml bottle.

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Pear-Ginger Bourbon Fizz

1/4 cup ginger-pear infused syrup

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 1/2 ounces bourbon

1/2 teaspoon honey

4 thyme sprigs, plus 1 for garnish

4 ounces club soda

In a cocktail shaker, add ice, syrup, lemon juice, bourbon, honey and all 4 sprigs of thyme. Shake the mixture a bit, then strain into a low-ball or rocks glass. Add club soda. Garnish with remaining sprig of thyme.

Servings » 1

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This cocktail includes an ingredient from The Queens’ Tea, another artisan food company in Salt Lake City.

1 1/2 ounces rum

1 1/2 ounces raspberry-mint infused syrup

4 ounces fresh brewed Christmas Magic, a vanilla flavored black tea.

In a cocktail glass, combine rum, syrup and warm tea. Stir to combine.

Servings » 1

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Green-apple cinnamon hot toddy

2 ounces whiskey

1 1/2 ounces green apple cinnamon infused syrup

Juice from a 1/4 of a lemon

Pinch of whole cloves

3 to 4 ounces hot water

Lemon or orange wedge, for garnish

In a mug, combine whiskey, infused syrup, lemon juice and whole cloves. Pour in hot water and stir until dissolved. Garnish with a lemon or orange wedge.

Servings » 1

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