Why Simple Syrups?

Simple Syrups are sooo easy to make and don’t take much in the way of ingredients.  They’re a great way to use up fruits that may be too sour, are on their way out and losing their freshness.  How about adding that last bit of fresh herbs you don’t know what to do with?  Incorporate 1-2 halved jalapenos to give an uplift to that next batch of Margaritas.

What do you do with simple syrup?

Blueberry Lime Vodka Tonic

Most cocktails only need a teaspoon each of a syrup.  A nice steady drizzle can add so much brightness to fresh fruit.  Poke a few holes in a baked cake, pour in warmed simple syrup and you’ve got a 2nd layer of flavor without the heavy frosting.  Think adding a touch of shine & sweetness fast and you’ll come up with your own ways to use it.

How do you make a simple syrup?

Basil flowers give it a minty flavor

To make 1 cup of syrup:  Use 1c. water, 1 c. sugar.  If you need to substitute the sugar, maple syrup is a good stand in- only use half of the amount of sugar called for.  Fresh citrus zest and juice can spark up any simple syrup- plan on 1 lemon or lime, or 1/2 orange.   If adding fruit or fresh herbs, you’ll need a handful.  The amount of anything else added all depends on how strong you want that flavor to chime in.

 

Blueberry Lime Simple Syrup

Bring water, sugar and zest, if using, to a rolling boil while stirring to dissolve.  Continue letting the mixture boil for about 5 minutes.  Remove from heat, submerge herbs or fresh fruit, cover and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.  For a stronger, less subtle flavor, keep covered for up to a few hours.   Strain the zest and pieces of fruit, pour in fresh citrus juice, stir well and let cool completely to room temperature.    Pour in a glass jar, cover and place in fridge for up to 3 weeks.

A few of our other favs:  maple ginger lime; strawberry cinnamon; lemon verbena & thyme; rosemary; rhubarb.

For flavor references, go to The Flavor Bible

Happy in the Kitchen!