Photo Credit @nandiniaustin
It's been full steam ahead for us here, with no rest for the wicked! The summer flew by, filled with many cocktail hours, tasting events, and farmers' markets. From Watermill to New York City, right back to the town of Olive, at 'Olive Day'. This fun community event featured local vendors, and musicians and has been in existence for over 50 years!
We also hosted in-person cocktail classes at private homes and celebrated our world-record number of cocktail classes, with our largest virtual cocktail class of 150 happy guests.
Yusef Austin and Micheal Basquette shaking up signature cocktails for Lalo Spirits in Watermill NY.
Yusef and Nandini Austin at Olive Day!
Virtual Cocktail class below
More exciting news, our new line of Artisan Syrups - Sips Powered By Spice - will also be available at the
The Fall Field + Supply MRKT offer a modern interpretation of traditional arts and crafts fairs.
It takes place on October 6th - 8th, 2023 | 10 AM - 6 PM | at Hutton Brick Yards 200 North Street, Kingston, NY 12401.
It's a fun event showcasing a selection of carefully curated makers highlighting goods, old and new, from a wide variety of studios and workshops. There will be over 200 vendors, live music, local eats, and other unique experiences. The events draw thousands of attendees each season creating a festival-like atmosphere that the entire family can enjoy. So come see us and sample our three signature syrups.
Field and Supply
And that's not all, in addition to buying our syrups online, you can find us on the shelves at a few of our favorite local stores below!
Mother Earths Kingston 300 Kings Mall Ct, Kingston, NY 12401
Founded in 1978, started as a one-store, family-run business that has modestly grown over time. We love their grand selection of high-quality organic and natural products especially their spice section, where you are greeted by your own personal' Spicieoligst' who weighs and measures your spices. We love their food counter, try the coconut and cauliflower soup and did I mention the array of natural beauty products?
Come see The Cocktail Architect in store for some delicious libations and syrup-tasting,
Dates: Sunday, October 15th, 11 -2pm
High Falls co-op 1398 NY-213, High Falls, NY 12440
This intimate co-op offers a wide array of ethically sourced products—bulk (liquid, dry, and spices), meat and dairy, health and beauty, and wellness. Nestled in the cozy town of High Falls, we are excited to be part of their member appreciation day.
Dates: Saturday, October 14, 1-3 pm
Sunflower Market in Woodstock- 75 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, NY 12498
This market is centrally located in Woodstock, New York. Ok, so here's a funny story, when we first moved upstate from Brooklyn, Nandini was worried about where to source her curry leaves for her Ayurveda cooking classes, and to her delight, she found them on our first trip here. Our kids enjoy the grab-and-go sushi selection too. We will be doing demos and tastings.
Dates: Saturday, Oct 28th Saturday 1-5 pm.
HOW OUR SYRUPS BEGAN- DID YOU KNOW?
It was during the Q and A session in our virtual classes, that the first question asked was :
"Where can we get our hands on these amazing syrups included in our cocktail kit?
Every client expressed how convenient it would be to have an easy-to-make mixer on hand to recreate a chic drink that was full of bold spices, yet had no additives and nasty stuff. So we listened, tweaked, and perfected them. However, we are also doing custom blends for our restaurants and hotel clients upon request.
Each artisan syrup has its unique blend and characteristics that are designed with the elements of nature in mind. Every syrup is made with bold spices and herbs, inspired by the flavors of Mauritius - a small paradise Island in the Indian Ocean where Nandini's parents are from. They are so versatile for making cocktails, sodas, mocktails, and even our Chef' clients use them in baking or frozen desserts.
SIPS POWERED BY SPICE
As we transition into Fall, our Cardamom + Star Anise syrup is great for grounding with its earthy qualities and warming spices it is designed to give you a glow from the inside. A few drops elevates your average hot tea or cup of coffee, taking you to a far-off destination without having to leave the kitchen. Add this syrup to hot water and lemon juice for a Hot Toddy, with or without the booze.
The change of season is gorgeous right now upstate, but, this time of year can bring about stress and anxiety with back to work deadlines, and social commitment. So, keep Calm and Carry on this Fall with our Hibiscus + Rose Petal artisan syrup which has soothing and calming qualities. Hibiscus flowers are known for their cooling effect and Rose petals have a purifying quality that reduces excess heat and inflammation.
Sip into relaxation.
Lastly, if you are looking for some stimulation for your taste buds then try our Lemongrass + Kaffir Lime Leaf artisan syrup which has a vibrant and energizing effect. These South East Asian ingredients stimulate digestion. Think fresh cut grass and a Matcha feeling, it will give you a zing that brings a sense of lightness to the body and freshness to the mind.
Our Artisan syrups (enhancers) are produced by hand and we use only quality ingredients, sourcing exotic spices and herbs. No artificial flavors, coloring, GMOs, or nasty stuff.
Every bottle comes with a recipe card to get started and be inspired.
The Cocktail Architect Syrups are
375 ml. and 750 ml. Servings per bottle 11-17 or 25-33 and have a shelf life of a month.
We also have beautiful garnishes to liven up your drink, de-hydrated lemon, limes, Mandarin oranges, and most recently, Asian pears and local apples.
So why not try a bottle today and give your tastebuds a treat? Shop here
Check out our recipe, Lulu Lemongrass, It is made with black cardamom which has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties as well as high levels of vitamin C which helps boost your immune system. So good!
2 oz. Gin
1 oz. Kaffir + Lemongrass Enhancer
3/4 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
Add all ingredients to a shaker tin and shake vigorously
Strain over a tall glass filled with ice,
Garnish with a fresh herb, I love Basil for this drin
We look forward to seeing you at the Field and Supply and one of our upcoming demos. here in the Hudson Valley.
Yusef and Nandini Austin
Follow us on Insta
See you soon in one of our classes.