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“It all starts with a cocktail.”

Preserving natural flavours and reinventing artisanal craft cocktail mixes, Steve, the founder of Split Tree, produces unique, small-batch cocktail mixes for his family, friends and cocktail lovers everywhere. 

Steve's dream of venturing out on his own began when he felt confined at his previous job. For over 12 years, he worked in the hi-tech industry, where he was on computers all day with no windows. He needed an open environment to nourish his creativity. Call it a blessing in disguise, Steve got laid off. 

He then decided to explore the world of micro-breweries and help his friends sell beer in their new business. He began to notice a niche market in Ontario for micro-distilleries, which opened his mind to the possibility of entrepreneurship. Steve began to experiment with different cocktail syrups after he stumbled across a recipe for tonic. He made over 6 different syrup recipes and invited friends and family over for a cocktail party so that they could vote for their favourite one. Little did he know his creations would be a hit, and this was the validation he needed to decide to start his own business. He launched Split Tree in January 2015.

“Natural flavours are my pet peeve. They claim to be ‘natural,' but really aren't.” 

 The importance of sourcing all natural ingredients and fruits was something very important to Steve when he began this new venture and it still is. He wanted to find a way to stand out and also focus on delivering high-quality ingredients that would give the products a great taste. “We [...] set to work developing more small-batch, handcrafted cocktail mixes using whole fresh ingredients, no artificial preservatives, and nothing we can’t pronounce. We believe in spending time with friends and family, enjoying each other’s company and sharing a drink. The importance of that experience should be reflected in the quality of the drinks you serve. Quality time deserves a great drink.”

Not an alcohol drinker? Not a problem! The syrups can be mixed with water or soda water to make a refreshing drink. Split Tree has a range of syrups that include their delicious Ginger Vanilla Syrup and Tonic No.3, the winning recipe at Steve’s initial cocktail party. 

Steve continues to pour his love into what he can now call his dream job.

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*Please note that the products of this creator are only available in Canada.