7 Starter Cocktail Syrups for Your Drink Menu

Make sure your bar is stocked with these seven essential cocktail syrups.

From classic flavors like strawberry and banana to trendy flavors like spicy ginger and rose, customers are looking for flavor variety on your drink menu – and you need simple solutions to help you quickly change up your menu. We’ve put together seven must-have cocktail syrups to create a variety of drinks for your customers.

Agave Sweetening Syrup

Agave has been used in Mexican cuisine for centuries. Most commonly in North America the agave is known as an ingredient in the king of cocktails, the margarita. Recently agave has become prized as an alternative sweetener and is considered a “healthy halo” ingredient.

On the menu: Use agave syrup to add subtle sweetness to a variety of drinks, including margaritas and non-alcoholic drinks like coffee and lemonades.

Texan ranch water cocktail
Texan Ranch Water
3 oz. Blanco Tequila
1.5 oz. Fresh Lime Juice
10 oz. Topo Chico
Lime Slice, for Garnish

Add all ingredients to an ice-filled glass and stir. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve.

Irish Cream Cocktail Syrup

Irish cream combines the classic flavors of chocolate, rich cream, sweet vanilla and whisky, all in one bottle. 

On the menu: Irish cream syrup is perfect for cocktails like Irish coffee or  indulgent dessert drinks.

irish coffee
Nutty Irishman

0.5 oz. DaVinci Gourmet Toasted Hazelnut Syrup
0.5 oz. DaVinci Gourmet Irish Cream Syrup
1 oz. Oregon Chai
Vanilla Concentrate
1 oz. Kahlua
1 oz. Irish Whiskey
5 oz. Coffee
Whipped Cream

Pour DaVinci Gourmet Toasted Hazelnut Syrup and DaVinci Gourmet Irish Cream Syrup, Oregon Chai Vanilla Concentrate, Kahlua, and Irish whiskey into a coffee cup and stir. Add in coffee and top with whipped cream.

Strawberry Cocktail Syrup

Strawberry is a classic flavor that is as delicious as it is versatile. It pairs well with flavors like vanilla, kiwi, coconut and basil.

On the menu: Strawberry goes well with a variety of flavors, from savory to sweet. Whether you want to make a classic strawberry daiquiri or a strawberry basil cocktail, you can’t go wrong with having strawberry syrup on hand.

Strawberry gin & tonic
Berry Gin & Tonic
1.5oz Gin
4oz Sugar Free Tonic Water

Pour into a rocks glass with ice. Gentle stir and serve. Garnish with fresh strawberries.

Grenadine Cocktail Syrup

If you’ve ever tried a Shirley Temple (AKA a Kiddie Cocktail) then you’ve most likely have had grenadine. Grenadine is both sweet and tart and commonly used behind the bar. The flavor comes from pomegranate molasses, with notes of red fruit and tart pomegranate and features a bright garnet color.

On the menu: Grenadine syrup can be used to add bold color and sweet flavor to a variety of cocktails, from a tequila sunrise to mimosas and tiki drinks.

Tequila sunrise
Tequila Sunrise
1.5 oz Blanco Tequila
4 oz Orange Juice
1 cup Ice

Combine ingredients, pouring Grenadine syrup last, drizzling over ice and onto bottom.

Rose Cocktail Syrup

Rose is a newer flavor to North America, but timeless in Middle Eastern cuisine. Its calming and sweet floral fragrance and flavor fits perfectly with a variety of beverages.

On the menu: Rose cocktail syrup can be paired with fruity, refreshing flavors like raspberry, lychee and pomegranate or more unexpected flavors like pistachio and chocolate for an after-dinner drink.

Rose negroni
Rose Negroni
1 oz Gin
1 oz Campari
0.75 oz Sweet Vermouth

Stir with ice till chilled, clean pour and top with orange zest.

Spicy Ginger Cocktail Syrup

DaVinci Gourmet Spicy Ginger syrup gives you endless possibilities crafting cocktails with or without spirits. Ginger gives you slight sweetness and a hint of spiciness that works well with a variety of beverages from lemonades to mules.

On the menu: Spicy ginger cocktail syrup can be paired with soda for a simple and delicious ginger beer or used with spirits for a tangy cocktail preparation like the popular mule.

Gold fortune margarita
The Gold Fortune Margarita
2 oz. Tequila
6 dashes Orange Bitters
4 oz. Club Soda

Pour first 5 ingredients over ice filled shaker. Shake. Add club soda, stir and strain over ice filled glass. Garnish with an orange peel ribbon and candied ginger.

Raspberry Cocktail Syrup

Raspberry is known for its sweet yet tart flavor that pairs well with a variety of other flavors ranging from lime to mint.

On the menu: Use raspberry syrup to add fresh, fruity flavor to drinks like margaritas, daiquiris, mojitos and more.

Raspberry cosmo
Raspberry Cosmo
1.5 oz. Citron Vodka
0.75 oz. Cointreau
0.75 oz. Lime Juice
0.5 oz. Cranberry Juice

Combine all ingredients and stir. Pour into a glass and enjoy.

This is just the start. Our ever-growing collection of artisanal syrups span flavors from classics to the unexpected. Check out what else will help you behind the bar and get drink curious!