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Best Syrup brand discussion
DemeraraDrinker
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Posted: 2007-05-29 12:55 pm   Permalink

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On 2005-08-12 15:23, hypr wrote:
He talks about the life of syrups:
Torani is an "extract" style syrup, while Monin is more like a "concentrate" or "juice". Unfortunately Monin flavors don't seem to be as stable as Torani in storage. The average Torani syrup is probably still OK after 2 years, the average Monin about 6 months.

Does anybody have Monin thats more than 6 months old?



Yeah, I keep Monin on the shelf for 1+ years with no problem. You sometimes get sediment, and a good shake cures that.
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traderjoshua
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Posted: 2007-08-04 1:11 pm   Permalink

Trader vics, hands down. I second the "coffee" remark. Vic's were created with tropical drinks in mind. To me, its worth the postage.

 
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The Ragin' Rarotongan
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Posted: 2007-08-04 11:30 pm   Permalink

The new Trader Vic's passion fruit in the plastic bottle is horrible! It is nothing like the glass bottle, they have ruined it! I am now going to monin, as it the last one made with real passion fruit, and I have had their other syrups, I also use their pommegranite instead of grenadine, which is much better.
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The Gnomon
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Posted: 2007-08-06 07:06 am   Permalink

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On 2007-08-04 23:30, The Ragin' Rarotongan wrote:
The new Trader Vic's passion fruit in the plastic bottle is horrible! It is nothing like the glass bottle, they have ruined it!



Try
Aunty Lilikoi Passion Fruit Syrup, if you like the heavenly taste of Kauai.

TV seems to be becoming nothing more than a name for corporate exploitation. That's why I don't even bother with any TV products, although there are respected luminaries here at TC who swear by them. Obviously, the quality has existed in the past, but it seems to be disappearing by attrition.

Remember the old (Marriott) Roy Rogers restaurants when they first came out. Roy Rogers actually endorsed them, which he would only do if he really meant it. Quality was important to him. After the King of the Cowboys passed on and Marriott had declining interest in its restaurant franchises it sold its RR interests to Hardees. Hardees tried to change the restaurants and the RR name to Hardees, but the public rebelled. Hardees changed them back to RR, but it was too late. They had ruined them. Now there are still a few Roy Rogers restaurants around, but they're awful. Nothing like they were originally (which wasn't that complicated in the first place).

Every time I turn around, I get the impression that the people running the TV enterprises are just out to make a buck, sacrificing quality whenever it suits them, riding on the TV name and reputation. Your assessment of the change in TV Passion Fruit Syrup seems to support that theory.

I make my own Orgeat and my own supersaturated, highly unstable Rock Candy syrup as well as few syrups that have no counterparts in stores.

The homemade syrups usually (unless they get ruined or otherwise degraded in the making) have the best flavor and character, which is passed on to the drinks where they're employed. When I have time and the mood strikes, I'll make them from scratch. Mostly, I don't have the time, so I have "emergency" recipes using pre-processed ingredients.

For example, I like to grind up my own blanched almonds to make almond milk over a two day period, but it's a pain in the ass and takes so much time. I make an Emergency Orgeat using store-bought almond milk that takes me ten minutes to make. Not as good as the two-day orgeat ordeal, but still better than store-bought syrup.

I sometimes make my own Passion Fruit syrup, but here in the National Capital Area the actual fresh fruits cost $3 each (!!!), so I generally use Goya's Passion Fruit pulp instead. If you aren't into making your own stuff, maybe you should give Aunty Lilikoi a try.


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The Ragin' Rarotongan
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Posted: 2007-08-07 8:56 pm   Permalink

I haven't messed around too much making syrups yet, but last week I made that cinnamon infused rock candy syrup that you need for Don's mix in the 1934 Don the Beachcomber's Zombie Punch recipe and it turned out awsome! In fact it was so good I used some on the pancakes I made the next morning. I will have to get your recipe for orgeat, sounds interesting.

Aaron
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Tiki Designs
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Posted: 2007-08-23 1:42 pm   Permalink

My dad's orgeat and passion fruit are (in my opinion) superb.

He recently spoke at the San Diego Tiki Oasis about his line of beverage mixes and syrups.

His web site can be viewed here:
www.roskininc.com
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alohacurrent
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Posted: 2007-08-24 11:13 am   Permalink

Tiki Designs

I spoke to Bob about a year ago and he said they were only selling to restaurants, hotels, distributors, etc., but not to individuals (unless I wanted to buy a bunch of it). Has that changed? If so how do I purchase Roskin products.

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Mai Tai
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Posted: 2007-08-24 5:02 pm   Permalink

Yeah, Bob Esmino and Ray Barrientos spoke at Jeff Berry's seminar at Tiki Oasis 7. Bob said that after being frustrated at not being able to find decent syrups for drinks, he decided to make his own. And from what he was talking about, they should be available to the public either now or very soon. And they have a couple new syrups that they are working on as well. I'm very interested in using some of these syrups.

Hey Tiki Designs, can you elaborate more on this for us?
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Posted: 2007-09-05 9:34 pm   Permalink

You can contact Bob Esmino through his company web site: www.roskininc.com
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