Arriving today exclusively at Binny’s are Thatcher’s Organic Liqueurs, aline of distinctly flavored USDA Certified Organic liqueurs.
The ingredients forThatcher’s Liqueurs are certified organic and sustainably farmed. The liqueurs are bottled in recycled materials. Founder Dave Racicotspent over a year searching for all the right all naturalingredients, combining flavors and testing recipes, and working withthe USDA to ensure an excellent organic liqueur.
Organic, all natural, andsustainable are all fine, but what matters is the flavor. As it turns out, they’re pretty good.
The Blueberry Liqueur, for example,pours a light, hazy pink. The nose offers light fresh berry and RedVines candy. On the palate the flavor almost explodes with lots ofblueberry and under that a tiny bit of mint. While a little too sweetand flavorful on its own for me, the blueberry is ideal for mixing. It’sespecially good in sparkling water with a little citrus vodka for alight, fresh drink without the overbearingly syrupy sweetness of alot of the liqueur on the shelves today.
The Elderflower Liqueur isa pale translucent yellow. It has a floral nose of pollen and gardenscents. The palate reflects this light, sweet, freshly herbalquality. While the Blueberry is more prominent on the palate, theElderflower’s best feature is the aromatics. I enjoyed a splash in agood bourbon on the rocks I used Evan Williams Single Barrel it really opens up the aromatics and softens the whiskey for aclassic cocktail.
Thatcher’s Liqueurs come across aslightly sweet. Dave explained that the sweetness comes from thefruit and herbs naturally, and when needed, organic evaporated canejuice is used for balance. The alcohol is balanced at 30 proof tomaintain the freshest possible flavor, and while no preservatives areused, he says that Thatcher’s keeps its flavor for up to 18 months.
It struck me that besidesmixing in drinks, Thatcher’s will shine as a flavoring in cooking. Iasked Dave about this. I love the idea of cooking withThatcher’s, he says. I have had some friends in SF use the DarkChocolate in desserts, Tres Chiles was added to some Mexican dishesas a pepper heat marinade.
Personally, I’d like totry the Tres Chiles in a dark chocolate dessert.
Binny’s is excited aboutreleasing the new line of Thatcher’s Organic Artisan Liqueurs. Checkout the complete list of flavors available exclusively at Binny’shere. Keep an eye out for new expressions soon depending on theavailability of organic produce, of course.