What do you get when you lock two foodies in a car for hours?
a) A dangerous cook-off.
b) A reality TV show.
c) A brainstorming session for the name of a new flavored syrup company.
The answer is C. Melissa Yen (of now-shuttered, much-loved Vella Cafe) dreamed up her new company’s name, Jo Snow, while on a road trip with Milk and Honey’s Carol Watson. The collection of artisanal syrups (pictured) launches tomorrow.
The playful combos start with evaporated cane juice and marinate in a blend of spices, herbs, and natural extracts. The results are nothing short of intoxicating: A spoonful of cafe de olla (molasses, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, orange) spruces up your morning coffee. Cardamom-rosewater goes great in lattes. Splash tangerine-lavender-honey into a glass of gin and prosecco. Fig-vanilla-black pepper does wonders atop ice cream. And that’s to say nothing of ginger-passion fruit or hibiscus-basil-orange blossom.
New flavors will pop up seasonally. So you’ll have multiple choices.
Available at Southport Grocery & Cafe, 3552 North Southport Avenue, at Addison Street (773-665-0100 or southportgrocery.com); Provenance Food & Wine, 2528 North California Avenue, between Logan Boulevard and Altgeld Street (773-384-0699 or provenancefoodandwine.com); by e-mail order (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Photo: Courtesy of Jo Snow
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