HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >


fruit syrups (for beverages)

  • 7

Hello -

I am looking for interesting fruit syrups - such as grapefruit, peach or blood orange.

I recently bought some lovely grapefruit syrup overseas, and am now kicking myself for not buying multiple bottles! The flavor was so vibrant and crisp - mixed with seltzer.

I've found the darker fruits - such as cassis, strawberry, cherry, blueberry etc. at some of the Middle Eastern Markets in Watertown (Marco Polo brand). I prefer not to have to order them online (for example, Monin).

Any recommendations for the Boston or Cambridge areas? much appreciated!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Has Marty's Liquors stopped carrying Monin? Haven't looked lately.

    1. Formaggio Kitchen in Harvard Square has basically the full selection of Monins, and Dairy Fresh Candies in the South end also has some, but not as many and not as well-stocked. Also check Chinese supermarkets such as Super 88.

      1. I just use the syrup in canned fruit for drink mixes,especially with tea and milk.You might be looking for pure fruit syrup not sure.

        1. Try the International Bazaar on Beacon Street in Brookline. I believe they have a considerable collection of fruit syrups and concentrated juices.

          1. Surprisingly, the TJ Max at Alewife (is that a TJ Max, or a Marshall's?) carries a wide variety of flavored syrups. I think they're DaVinci brand, but I can't quite remember.

            1. thanks for all the reat ideas. I appreciate them. I was also contemplating visiting Hi Lo foods - has anyone had any experience overall (not just syrups) w/ them?

              1. There are both more modern and more complete latino-oriented markets these days. However, I have always liked HiLo for a nice mix of carribbean and central american (some times better on the former)... and a throwback shopping experience. Aside from some specialty produce and cured/salted meat products, I would go other places for meat and produce. I don't get there too much, but its still worth a visit.

                The place at Fresh Pond is a TJ Max and they do have lots of syrups.

                Some cafe's have selections of syrups beyond the generic Torani (which is available from Restaurant Depot) and some are willing to order them for you, so that is another possible outlet. I think that New Deal Fruit in Revere has some, but sounds like Dairy Fresh would be closer to you.