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Jun 30, 2011 08:04 PM

Flavored syrups -- where to buy?

I would like to get a couple of bottles of flavored syrups, the kind that Italian sodas are made of. I used to buy them on the 'net, but the ones I bought last winter and stored on our non-weatherized back porch all exploded and leaked sticky syrup everywhere. (!@$%")(*$%)

I'm just looking for a couple of flavors; raspberry, hazelnut, maybe almond.

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  1. I usually buy Monin at Marty's in Newton. Torani syrups are easier to find, but they're yuckily sweet and artificial-tasting.

    The brand that Polcari's Coffee in the North End carries--name slips my mind, very old school bottles--does a fine grenadine and orzata. Never tried any of the others.

    Polcari's Restaurant
    309 Montvale Ave, Woburn, MA 01801

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    1. re: Jenny Ondioline

      Monin shows up at TJ Maxx every once in a while.

      1. re: Jenny Ondioline

        The brand Polcari's carries is Ferraro. We've gotten their tamarindo as well, because I am Old School, and it's also good, though I think Monin is overall better quality.

        As Chris VR says, Monin and other brands of syrups show up at TJ Maxx, Marshall's, and Home Goods, but obviously availability of specific flavors is unpredictable.

      2. Russo's usually has a few flavors of Monin (I would call first about specific flavors) low on the wall under the apples (left side, when you first walk in). Formaggio Kitchen has a lot more flavors of Monin. Russo's is, of course, much cheaper.

        Formaggio Kitchen
        244 Huron Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138

        1. Arax has a few interesting flavors - sour cherry, date, rose...

          1. I'm really enjoying the Austrian sour cherry and elderflower syrups I picked up on a whim at Karl's in Saugus. Not something I was looking for and I don't know where else they are available.

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            1. re: Aromatherapy

              I bought a rosewater syrup somewhere, but I'm having trouble figuring out what to do with it, and it's a big bottle!

              1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                Rose lemonade? Why not post a query on the Home Cooking board.

                1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                  Don't know if your rosewater syrup* is the same as what I bought at Arax - but I got mine to use in baklava. (never did make it, though)

                  * realizing that it might actually be rosewater flavoring or extract - I have a very terrified little dog on my lap right now due to the fireworks... otherwise I'd look...

                  1. re: threedogs

                    Sorry about dog terror! My syrup is Al Dayaa Rose Syrup, made in Lebanon, contains "pure rose", sugar, water, citric acid, artificial color. The trouble is that it smells like I'm drinking perfume. I do also have rosewater, which is used as a flavoring, sort of like orangewater. But this is truly rose flavored, and it's a bit much for me.

                    1. re: somervilleoldtimer

                      as you suspect, a very small dash goes a long way with that stuff, but it is excellent in panna cotta and custardy type things.

                      have seen the syrups at j. pace and ball square wines.

              2. My DH, bless his little heart, came home from Marty's with: Raspberry, Hazelnut, Blackcurrant and . . . Peach! Drinking a soda right now . . .