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Oct 12, 2009 07:07 AM

Peppermint syrup & sparkling mineral water

I'm looking for good places (i.e. less expensive) to buy peppermint syrup & cases of sparkling mineral water. If the places are near Brookline, that would be great, but I'm willing to drive if necessary. Also, is there much difference between Torani, Monin, and Da Vinci syrups? Thanks!

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  1. i'll suggest trader joe's for the sparkling water, but can't help you with the syrups.

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    1. re: hotoynoodle

      Thanks! I have been getting cases from Trader Joe's. I wondered if any place gives a discount for buying by the case as Trader Joe's doesn't. On the other hand, Trader Joe's full price may still be cheaper than if someplace else gave a ~10% discount.

      I found another CH post about flavored syrups that suggested Marty's Liquors in Newton & Formaggio Kitchen, but suspect they're on the pricey side.

      1. re: quirkydeb

        you can order monin off their website, but need to order by the case.

    2. I don't know if you can get peppermint syrup there, but Polish delis near Andrew Square in South Boston (Baltic European Deli, EuroMart, etc) carry fruit based syrups. You could check there.

      1. Try Home Goods or TJ Maxx for the syrups. When they have them, they usually have a large selection.

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        1. re: pamalamb

          Any particular Home Goods or TJ Maxx? I tried the TJ Maxx on Harvard St. in Brookline & it had 1 bottle (Da Vinci caramel).

          1. re: quirkydeb

            I recall the TJ Maxx in Alewife having a lot, but I haven't been in there for a while.

        2. I happened to notice last week that Russo's has a pretty good selection of syrups (don't know about peppermint) under the lemons and limes on the left hand side of the first aisle as you enter the store - expect that their prices will be as good as or better than anywhere around.

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          1. re: rlh

            I just got back from my syrup expedition. Russo's had caramel, hazelnut, & vanilla for $7/bottle. I ended up getting my peppermint syrup from Marty's Liquor in Newton for $8/bottle. They also had several other flavors (caramel, apple, hazelnut, vanilla, and another 1 or 2 (can't remember which ones). Those flavors were $10/bottle. The peppermint syrup had a yellow sticker over another sticker, so hopefully they're not discounting them because they are a) discontinuing the flavor, or b) about to expire.

            Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.

          2. Sometimes Starbucks or other local coffee shops will sell you a bottle or two of syrups. I find them in TJ Maxx all the time and have bought them in Starbucks also... They are also sometimes found in specialty grocery stores.