Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How to Make Simple Syrup

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My husband and I drink a lot of iced tea in the summer. I brew tea in the sun several times a week during the hot months, so we always have it on hand.

To sweeten our tea, I make a simple syrup. I like my iced tea a little sweeter and with simple syrup we can each sweeten our tea to our taste.

To add some flavor, I infuse the syrup with herbs from my garden--pineapple sage, lemon verbena, and lavender. The herbal syrup makes iced tea incredibly flavorful and it's so easy to make. My favorite is the lavender.

Use 1-3 teaspoons of the basic recipe or the herbal version per single serving. The syrup is a delicious way to sweeten tea, lemonade, mojitos, and other summertime drinks.

How to Make Simple Syrup (Basic Recipe)

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
Over medium heat, stir and dissolve sugar in the water in a small saucepan. Once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and cool. Once cooled, store in the refrigerator. This recipe stores well in an 8 oz jelly jar. You can increase the volume of the syrup, just keep the 1:1 ratio.

How to Make Herbal Simple Syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh herb - mint, lavender, lemon verbena, or pineapple sage
Over medium heat on the stove, stir together the water, sugar, and herb in a small saucepan. Once sugar is dissolved, place a lid on the pan and remove from heat to steep for an hour. Allow the syrup to cool and pour through a sieve into the storage container. Store in the refrigerator. This recipe stores well in an 8 oz jelly jar.

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  1. I have been meaning to make this! Soon!!

  2. This looks great. Thanks for sharing, I've pinned it so I can make some sweet favorite drink!


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