We're crazy for Mikuni Wild Harvest's beautiful bottles of Noble Tonics – gorgeous typography, cork and sealing wax. Then we spotted these miniature bottles of Tonic No. 1, bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup.
As any whiskey geek will tell you, bourbon must be aged in charred barrels made from American oak, and said barrels can only be used once. Mikuni gets used barrels from Tuthilltown Spirits in the Hudson Valley (New York's first whiskey distillery since Prohibition!). They fill 'em up with medium amber grade maple syrup from heritage sugar shacks in Quebec, so the syrup takes on layers of wood and smoke from the charred barrels, along with a hint of the bourbon that had been soaked up by the wood.
Best of all, this miniature bottle is the perfect size for tucking into your bag, so you're pancake-ready wherever you go.
This grown-up syrup deserves an extra-special breakfast. Make your standard waffles spectacularly light and fluffy by separating the egg whites and yolks, beating the whites until they form stiff peaks, then folding them into the finished batter (mix in the yolks as usual).
Amber maple syrup, bourbon and oak flavor. Comes in an adorable 2 oz bottle.
(if not, how abouta ginger ale?)