One Whitestown couple was miffed that there was such a craze for craft cocktails sweeping the nation, but nondrinkers were left out of the loop.
Ryan O'Neill stopped drinking when he found out he would be a father two years ago. Not wanting his wife, Bryna, to give up drinking as well, the couple founded Sage's Simple Syrups, which can be used in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
"We were wanting to experiment with drinks without alcohol since it is kind of boring to be the only one not drinking something fancy," Bryna said. "We want people to feel like they could have fun without the alcohol. People are always wanting a signature cocktail for weddings and parties; now we have something for the nondrinkers too."
Ryan had been working on making flavored simple syrups for a while before deciding to make them commercially.
"When we really started putting our minds together, we came up with a whole bunch of different flavors," he said. "We did a taste testing with some of our friends. Some were pretty good; others weren't, but I'm a pretty brain-stormy type of person."
Bryna said Ryan started experimenting after she had a cucumber and basil drink while out one night and wanted one at home.
"It gave me a chance to participate in the social aspect of drinking without drinking," he said. "I'm a chef, and it's all experimenting and creating new things. Experimenting is half the fun."
Bryna said while some bars do carry their products, that is not their first target.
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