Sumac berries come from a family of tree native to North America. They have a wonderful raspberry-like flavor and fragrance and since they grow wild all over New York, are easy to find. The actual flavor isn’t inside the seeds but on the sticky red coating on their outside. They can be used fresh or dried and extract beautifully in Technical Reserve to make a concentrate or even a Sumac vodka. A couple drops will add flavor to teas or perk up a delicate cocktail without adding too much sweetness.

Technical Reserve: sumac berries processed with a mortar and pestle

Technical Reserve: sumac berries processed with a mortar and pestle

Technical Reserve: sumac berry concentrate ready to be used by the dropper full or mixed into a spirit.

Technical Reserve: sumac berry concentrate ready to be used by the dropper full or mixed into something yummy.