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Maple Sage Daiquiri

This is the summer drink you didn't know you needed. Most people have only had nasty chain-restaurant daiquiris. This is not that! A simple combination of rum, lime, and sweetener (in this case, maple syrup) makes for a light and delicious drink. The added woodsy notes of sage and warm heat of Trees Knees round this out into one complex cocktail. 2 oz light rum 1 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed 1 oz Trees Knees Spicy Syrup 4 torn sage leaves, plus one for garnish 1/2 cup ice Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Add more ice to a rocks glass and strain cocktail. Add a sage leaf to garnish.

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Spicy Honey Margarita

No need for triple sec hereā€”the honey does all the sweetening for you. And with that sugary coating out of the picture, your tongue gets a full tour of what we're really here for: tequila and lime. (If you still miss that orange note, add a splash of orange bitters to finish!) For my thoughts on a good margarita tequila, refer to this Blood Orange Margarita recipe. Before you begin, you'll need to make a honey syrup. Add equal parts Bees Knees and water to a pot and whisk over low heat until you have one smooth liquid. This recipe makes one drink, but the 1-2-3 ratio remains the same for a group. Just grab a pitcher and a calculator...

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Spicy Maple Iced Coffee

As far as we're concerned, this is the final word in iced coffee. A wholly unappreciated sweetener, maple syrup adds a round complexity to balance the acidic coffee. And that slow burn of chili peppers really gives you a kick in the pants to get your day rolling. Summer has just started, but we're already hoping it never ends. We love Grady's Cold Brew, a New Orleans-style coffee concentrate. Because it's a concentrate, this recipe calls for equal parts coffee and milk. But if you already have a favorite iced coffee recipe, hold the sweetener and skip down to the part where you add Trees Knees. Or just smuggle a bottle into Starbucks and pour in a little nip. We're...

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Cedar Plank Salmon with Maple Glaze

Now that the nights are long and inviting, we've started cooking meals outdoors, piling our plates high with things like sizzling steaks, perfectly charred vegetables, fresh corn on the cob, and drippingly good hamburgers. In other words, grilling season is officially here. So wheel that trusty Weber out of the garage, grab some hardwood lump charcoal and learn to use a chimney starter. Your next BBQ is about to get seriously upgraded. When developing Trees Knees Spicy Syrup, we immediately thought of cedar plank salmon as a perfect recipe to showcase the complex sweet spiciness of our creation. Grilling on a cedar plank also imparts its own smoky, woodsy flavor that put this recipe over the top. The best part...

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Beer Marinaded Hot Dogs

Some people have said this sounds disgusting. Those people have not tried this. The beer adds so much flavor and moisture to the hot dogs, while the maple syrup and aromatics create the most complex tasting hot dog you've ever had. Plus, all that marinade grills up to a sticky perfection. Once you try this, you'll never go back to basic dogs. You'll need: 8 hot dogs 12 oz of your favorite lager beer 1/4 cup Trees Knees Spicy Syrup 5 whole cloves or 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed 2 garlic cloves, smashed A few sprigs of thyme Gently mark the skin of the hot dogs with a knife. Don't cut through, just make small slits for...

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