Simple syrups are basically equal parts water and sugar.
To start with a basic one:
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
This will yield about 1 1/2 cups of syrup.
Store in a covered bottle and refrigerate. This will usually keep for about a month.
This is great to use to sweeten your tea, make lemonade, or mix a cocktail.
Mint Simple Syrup
Use above ingredients. When you remove the syrup from the heat, pour this over 1 cup loosely packed mint leaves. Cover and let this steep until cooled.
Strain and store as above. For flavored syrups, store only 1 – 2 weeks.
Remember to always rinse and dry herbs just before using.
Never leave herbs in liquid or syrup.
Popular uses for simple syrups.
- Coffee or tea
- Milkshakes, think chocolate mint
- Drizzle on pound cake
- Flavor frostings and fillings
Do you remember The Best Strawberry Lemonade from last summer? It started with a simple syrup. I’m sitting here getting new thoughts – trying different fruits and making flavored simple syrups. I love peaches in almost anything and especially tea. I’m thinking blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, lemons, limes, and strawberries.
Even herbs such as my favorite, Rosemary, could be used.