Thursday, March 1, 2012

Drizzler™ Sticks by the Sonoma Syrup Co. (Review and Flash Giveaway)

Closed.  Congrats to Bethany, Sheila L., Denise, Robin C. and Mom24Boyz


Take along our convenient Drizzler™ sticks on your next picnic to sweeten iced tea, drizzle over cheese or use in beverages.

Drizzlers – Artisan Syrup Stick gift box contains mini serving’s sticks of our specialty syrups to take along on picnics, hiking, boating, and travelling or to the office.

Meyer Lemon is a naturally sweet syrup made with organic California Meyer Lemons to drizzle over iced tea, over soft and aged goat cheese or on yogurt.

Vanilla Bean is a naturally sweet syrup made with our vine ripened Tahitian and Madagascar vanilla beans to drizzle in hot or iced coffee, over fruit or ice cream. is made with our Tahitian and Madagascar Vanilla Blend to drizzle in coffee, over fruit or ice cream.

Acai Black Currant is an award winning naturally sweet syrup made with antioxidant rich acai and black currant juice to drizzle over strong blue cheese, in a Metropolitan cocktail or in spring or sparkling water.

Mint, mehtha spicata, is an ancient herb, going back to the beginnings of history. The greek athletes used mint as an after bath lotion; in the Middle Ages it was used as a cleansing agent, and later to purify drinking water. We infuse with fresh spearmint leaves to give you the true 'only matched by nature / using the real stuff' refreshing mint taste. The classic taste of spearmint was inspired by a large mint patch in our Sonoma Valley garden, capturing the flavor in a bottle, year round.

Use for:

Ice Tea
Hot Tea
Sparking Water

My Thoughts:

While looking for unique products to share with you all, I recently stumbled across the Sonoma Syrup Co. and requested to review and do a giveaway for their Drizzler Syrup Sticks. They  kindly obliged and sent me a box of sticks to try out, as well as some to use for a giveaway.  Prior to stumbling across this site, I never knew there were flavored syrups you could use to sweeten drinks, drizzle over cheeses, or drink right from the stick.  So, I couldn't wait to receive the samples and try them out.

I first started by adding these flavored drizzle sticks to my hot teas and water.  Out of all the flavors included in the sampler box, I have to say my favorite was the Meyer Lemon stick.  I love adding a fresh lemon to my water, but hate having to fish out the lemon seeds, as not to drink or sip them up.  Now, I don't have to worry about this hassle.  Instead of cutting and squeezing lemons in my waters and teas, I simply cup the top of the Meyer Lemons Drizzle stick and pour into my glass.  With a quick stir of the spoon, my beverage is sweetened with a fresh Meyer Lemon taste.  I can only imagine how great this tastes when used with making homemade lemonade. I'll have to wait until the weather warms up to try this.  

Just last night, I found a recipe on the Sonoma Syrup Co.'s website for a Black Currant Vinaigrette, that uses their Black Currant Syrup.  My husband loves balsamic dressings, so I couldn't wait to surprise him with this quick and easy vinaigrette.  I chilled it prior to serving, which made the flavor profile richer.  We ended up having steak tips over arugula salad, with the Black Currant Vinaigrette dressing drizzled over the top.  Wow!!!!  This really made the dish!  I can't wait to make this again, and try it drizzled over a caprese salad.  

Here is the recipe if you want to try it after purchasing a box of Sonoma Syrup Co.'s Drizzlers:

Black Currant Vinaigrette


1 tablespoon Sonoma Syrup Black Currant Syrup
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


Place the mustard and vinegar in a medium bowl; Slowly whisk in the oil until combined. Season with salt and pepper.

My husband has been adding the Vanilla Bean syrup to his teas in the AM, as well as mixed into his oatmeal with fresh fruit.  He loves how easy it is to add another dimension of flavor to a beverage or meal.  And, with the convenience of these single serve straws, you don't have to worry about tossing unused syrup, or having a bottle expire before you use it all up.  I love grabbing a few Drizzler sticks and tossing them in the diaper bag.  Then, when we are out at a restaurant, I can pull one out and add it to my water, tea or sparkling water for additional flavor.  

We finally got over colds which lasted from mid-December through the entire month of January.  I wish I had the honey syrup sticks then, as they would have been great to add to a warm cup of tea, or eaten right from the stick, to help soothe sore throats.  My mother was over last week, and when she awoke the next day, she had a sore and scratchy throat.  I poured a honey stick into her tea, and by the afternoon she was feeling much better.  She loved the pure honey taste, which didn't overpower her green tea.  And, she could feel how it lubricated the back of her throat, as she drank her tea.

As for the mint Drizzlers stick, we drizzled it over a fresh cup of cut strawberries.  What a great way to transform an ordinary bowl of cut fruit in seconds!  And, my husband experimented with another recipe from the Sonoma Syrup Co.'s website, their Vanilla Bean and Mint Lemonade.  Here is the recipe:

Vanilla Bean & Mint Lemonade


1 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup Mint Simple Syrup
3/4 cup Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup


Combine in a large pitcher and add 4 cups of cold water. Add ice and enjoy! 

We had this over the weekend and it was great.  Even though I usually don't like drinking lemonade in the winter, I made an exception, as everyone who had a cup kept raving about it, and asking for more.  My husband loved that it was easy to make, and only called for 3 ingredients.  I think we have the new lemonade maker in the house.

So, as you can see, these Drizzlers Syrup sticks from the Sonoma Syrup Co. are great tasting, as well as versatile in their uses.  From beverages to entrees, you can sweeten up an dish or drink in a matter of seconds with a single stick.  I will definitely be keeping a box of Drizzlers on hand for now as.  And, when I am in need of a unique gift for family and friends, I know what to get them, thanks to the Sonoma Syrup Co..

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You can buy these Drizzlers Syrup Sticks directly from the Sonoma Syrup Co. website, for only $5.99/box of 35 sticks.


Five (5) lucky readers will receive a box of Drizzle Syrup Sticks, thanks to the kind folks at the Sonoma Syrup Co.  To win, please be one of the first five readers to email me and tell me a recipe that uses Drizzle Syrup Sticks from the recipes section.  As soon as I receive five correct responses, the giveaway is over -- so act fast if you want to win!

Disclosure:  I was sent samples from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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