Spotlight: Frostbites Syrup Company in Squamish
A key partnership between Honest Cocktails and frostbites syrup co. is one that thrives because of trust. Both parties know and understand the value of community. ‘Fresh, local, organic, and vegan’ are just the syrup on top of the shaved ice.
The Origins of frostbites
Husband and wife team Peggy and Martyn created frostbites in the summer of 2010. After a vacation to Kauai and Martyn’s impulse buy of a shave ice machine, the two began selling frosty sweet treats at Farmers Markets. The duo knew they were onto something great when their booth became a weekly stop for kids of all ages. Alongside the boom of local distilleries in BC, customers started demanding to be able to take bottles of frostbites syrups home with them to stir up cocktails and craft sodas.
A Dynamic Duo
Peggy is the creative force behind frostbites! With a life-long career in the food industry and almost 20-years of travelling the world as a chef for musicians on tour, she is influenced by her travels and what the farmers in the surrounding communities are growing. She is ever intuitively developing new flavour profiles. “I’ve always had a passion for local handmade foods, as well as the community experience of farmer’s markets, so this seemed like a perfect fit for me.”
If Peggy is the creative brains, Martyn is the brawn, but it was his love of Hawaiian-style shave ice and an impulse purchase of their shave ice machine after a vacation to Kauai, that led them down this road. He truly is the master ice shaver with ninja-like skills when dishing up cones on any given day. A long-time Whistler local, working within the service industry, Martyn was looking to get out of the corporate structure and to work in an environment that better reflected his values. “I want every day to feel like a carefree summer day”…… or a Hawaiian vacation!
Q&A with Peggy & Martyn
Why is this collaboration with Honest Cocktails a good fit for Frostbites?
We take our ingredients seriously, so collaborating with Honest Cocktails, whose integrity and respect for the ingredients they use to craft the perfect drink, is a perfect fit.
What is happening for frostbites in 2022?
While we are still working hard to navigate lingering supply chain issues, we have deepened our connections with local farmers to ensure that we can still produce some of the freshest tasting syrups on the market.
What can we expect from frostbites in the future? New products or collaborations?
We quietly released a very limited edition Oak Aged Vanilla Syrup this past winter, which was wonderfully received. We are slowly ramping up production to meet the coming iced coffee and cocktail season.
One last question – What is the Difference between Syrup & Cordial?
A classical cordial is a concentrated, fruit-forward, sweetened syrup. A traditional syrup tends to be slightly thicker and sweeter. The end result is the same; both make delicious drinks!
Peggy and Martyn had two goals when they began frostbites: to connect with the large farming community surrounding them and with their diverse community along the Sea to Sky corridor. We love that they are passionate about what they create, and how they support the community and keep it real by creating a product that exceeds expectations. This is why you will find delicious frostbites syrups and cordials in Honest Cocktails cold-pressed cocktails kits.
Check out the frostbites selection available on our website here.