Dandelion Liqueur Makes Local Debut

By Molly Rippinger
In Food

Siblings Gabe and Maria Kveton, owners and operators of Water Street, along with their good friend Bethany Holohan, have transformed a pesky weed into a first-of-its-kind dandelion liqueur, called Lion’s Tooth. The trio will  debut their creation at a launch party on Sunday, Oct. 12 at Crown Valley Brewery & Distillery in Ste. Genevieve.

Image courtesy of Lion's Tooth Dandelion Liqueur

Image courtesy of Lion’s Tooth

They came up with the idea for the interesting liqueur after finding a hand-written recipe for dandelion wine at the house of Kveton’s grandma. The name, “Lion’s Tooth,” is the literal translation of the French word for dandelion, “dent-de-lion,” and refers to the toothed edges of the leaves.

As Gabe explained, “We were really intrigued by the idea of that flavor and the three of us brainstormed on how to apply it to modern mixology and tastes.” What they came up with was a complex and versatile liqueur nuanced with the flavors of honey and citrus.

The base of Lion’s Tooth is Crown Valley brandy along with top quality dandelion roots. Gabe noted that they are also using the bottling facilities of Crown Valley and are sourcing their bottles, corks and shipping packaging from the area.

Currently, Gabe and Maria are experimenting with Lion’s Tooth by pairing it with different cheeses, mixing it in cocktails and even incorporating it into dessert sauces. At the launch party, guests will enjoy samples of dandelion liqueur and there will also be a contest to help name the following two recipes that Gabe was kind enough to share with The Dish.

The first is a lighter, more refreshing drink that’s thirst-quenching and delicious.

  • 2oz Tito’s Vodka
  • .75oz fresh lemon juice
  • .75oz simple syrup
  • .5oz Lion’s Tooth™
  • 2 mint leaves
  • Shake all ingredients and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a mint leaf.

The next cocktail is a slow-sipper that showcases the earthiness of Lion’s Tooth.

  • 1oz Ford’s gin
  • 1oz Lion’s Tooth™
  • 1oz Dolin sweet vermouth
  • Stir over ice and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange.

Lion’s Tooth is still in the early stages of distribution, but information on where to purchase the liqueur will soon be available on their website. The launch party will go from 1-5pm. 13326 State Route F, Ste. Genevieve, 573.756.9700. 

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