Syrups add sweetness and flavour to your cocktails that you might not be able to get any other way. Simple syrups are a fun way to play with flavours that are not exclusive to cocktails but can also be used in teas and nonalcoholic drinks. Have fun in the kitchen and make these infused syrups for your next at-home cocktail hour.
Classic simple syrup
Mastering this simple syrup will make your friends and family think you are a master mixologist when it comes to making cocktails. Simple syrup is a crucial ingredient in most cocktails because it blends so easy with all your other ingredients. It can also be used in making nonalcoholic drink options as well as a way to sweeten up a tea or coffee. It is effortless—1:1 ratio of water and sugar. Heat the water over medium-low heat until hot, but not boiling and add the sugar and stir until fully dissolved. Let the liquid cool to room temperature before using or storing. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. If you want a thicker consistency, change the ration to 1-part water and 2 parts sugar!
Having cinnamon syrup on hand is the easiest way to winterize any summer cocktail favourites. While this syrup is a bit more time consuming than other simple syrups, having this on hand will up your holiday cocktail-making game.
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 cinnamon stick
Combine all ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a simmer, do not let it boil. Remove from the heat and let the cinnamon steep for at least 24 hours. Strain mixture into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.[phone]
Lavender Honey Simple Syrup
½ cup honey
½ cup of water
2 tbsp Dried Lavender buds
- Heat water in a small saucepan until hot, but not boiling. Add honey and dried lavender, and stir until honey completely dissolves.
- Remove from heat, and let steep for one hour. Stir every fifteen minutes or so to recombine the lavender into the liquid.
- Strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve, and into an airtight container. Press down on the lavender in the fine mesh sieve to squeeze more flavour into the syrup. Discard lavender.
- Use for sweet teas, ice teas or cocktails, and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to two weeks.
If you cannot get enough Pina Coladas or other tropical drinks in your life, you need to master this coconut syrup recipe. Combine equal parts full-fat coconut milk and sugar, stir over medium heat (but not boiling) until sugar dissolves. Let cool and store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks in the fridge.
Rose Simple Syrup
Rose has a unique taste, but by making a rose syrup it will bring a lightness to rye whiskey on the rocks with some lemon juice served over rocks.
½ cup of sugar
1 tablespoon Dried rose
½ cup water
Combine all ingredients into a saucepan over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Bring the mixture to a simmer, do not let it boil. Remove from the heat and let the dried roses steep for at least 2 hours. Strain mixture into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
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