TRUE Syrups & Garnishes was founded out of a humble kitchen in Washington, DC in 2014 by a passionate cook and cocktail lover. Inspired by the cocktail revival in the US, we wanted to make natural mixers that hearken back to the days before synthetic chemicals, when everyone knew their bartender by name. Even though we've outgrown our humble origins and now operate out of Mess Hall, a food incubator space in Northeast D.C., we are still determined to make high-quality, small-batch mixers that bring out the nuanced flavors in specialty cocktails. We believe you deserve to have a drink the way it is meant to be, with authentic cocktail ingredients not loaded with fake additives.

 

Our Products

Tonic Syrup | Once you taste what tonic syrup is truly meant to be, it's hard to go back to commercial tonic. Each batch of TRUE Tonic Syrup is made with high-quality ingredients, replacing commercial tonic's high fructose corn syrup and synthetic quinine with cane sugar and cinchona bark, the original Peruvian bark the British cultivated in India to combat the effects of malaria. Our spices and botanicals are carefully selected for quality and purity of flavor, so that your tonic perfectly complements your drink.

TRUE Tonic Syrup was the first product we developed. We embarked on a journey to develop the ideal tonic syrup, throwing out dozens of near-perfect recipes and drinking a lot of gin in the process. We're pretty proud of our Original Recipe, and hope you like it as much as we do.

Grenadine Syrup | Did you know that Grenadine is supposed to be made with pomegranate, not cherry? Our Grenadine Syrup is made from two different types of pomegranate juice and cane sugar instead of the red 40 dye and high fructose corn syrup used by commercial grenadine brands. Our True Grenadine can be used to make many classic cocktails, as well as an authentic shirley temple when mixed with ginger ale. 

TRUE cocktail mixers are handcrafted in Washington, DC, and shipped to wherever cocktail enthusiasts reside. We also distribute to bars and distillers in the US. 

Above is our first bottle of tonic, made in November 2014. Our labeling has come a long way since then, but we still like looking back to our humble roots!