Backyard Soda Co.’s Simple Syrups are Pop Stars

Backyard Soda Co.’s all-natural syrups bring out the soda jerk in all of us.

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Photo by Rachel Adams

How does cooling off from the summer heat with an ice-cold lavender-lemon homemade soda sound? How about a mango-jalapeño snow cone? Craving a Moscow mule? What if we were to tell you all you need to flavor these treats in your own kitchen is a simple syrup from Backyard Soda Co.?

“Our syrups are all-natural. No extracts, no colors, no flavors,” says Jonathan Schultz, who owns the business with his wife, Leah, and Libby Tegeler. “If you look at the bottles, they tell you exactly what’s inside. In the ginger-lime, you can taste the ginger and the lime. And you can see the actual vanilla bean in our Madagascar vanilla bean syrup.”

Backyard Soda was actually started back in 2012 as a soda cart by a different husband-and-wife team, Patrick Creager and Ari Murdock, who sold specialty snow cones, sodas, teas and slushies across Colorado. The Schultzes bought the business from the founders in January, after Creager and Murdock decided to move overseas. (Tegeler has been with Backyard Soda Co. for years.)

The versatile syrups can be used for pretty much anything. “Our syrups are good for whatever you need a flavor for, from smoothies to desserts to dinner to an actual soda,” Schultz says.

The five retail syrups (lavender-lemon, mango-jalapeño, true grenadine, Madagascar vanilla bean and, the most popular, ginger-lime) and wholesale flavors sold to restaurants and breweries (such as raspberry and root beer) are made by the Schultzes and their team with local ingredients like fresh juices pressed at Denver’s Pressed Juice Daily, Savory Spice spices and lavender from Palisade’s Sprigs and Sprouts.

It’s simple to mix a refreshing sip: Combine one-part syrup to five parts of anything else—and prepare to go back for seconds. “An older customer who describes himself as a root beer connoisseur told us that our seven-spice root beer is the best in Denver,” Schultz says. “He came back to our cart for a root beer snow cone every single day.” Ready to see what all the fizz is about?

(From top to bottom)
LAVENDER BEE’S KNEES
INGREDIENTS
½ ounce Backyard Soda Lavender Lemon syrup
1 ounce lemon juice (or 1 whole lemon squeezed)
½-1 ounce gin or tequila

DIRECTIONS
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into glass.

CUCUMBER T & T
INGREDIENTS
3-4 fresh cucumber slices
1 ounce Backyard Soda Ginger Lime syrup
2 ounces soda or tonic
2 ounces gin
Lime wedge for garnish

DIRECTIONS
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into rocks glass over ice. Garnish with lime wedge.

WARD EIGHT
INGREDIENTS
½ ounce Backyard Soda True Grenadine syrup, plus extra for garnish
½ ounce fresh lemon
½ ounce fresh orange
2 ounces whiskey

DIRECTIONS
Shake ingredients with ice. Strain into rocks glass over ice. Top with grenadine syrup.

BACKYARD SODA CO.
Available at area food and liquor stores, including Whole Foods

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