How to Make Simple Syrups
January, 2015 · By Coryanne Ettiene
Sometimes I like to get fancy, especially when the process of getting fancy takes so little effort. Nothing is as fancy as an infused simple syrup, and trust me when I say, nothing can be more simple. Hence the name, simple syrup. I generally make a batch of a few flavors and store them in the fridge for up to a month so I can add them to any number of drinks. There is no end to what you can concoct when you start dreaming of simple syrup flavors, my favorite is to take inspiration from what is in season; or more realistically, what’s in the kitchen when I get the inkling to get fancy.
When making a simple syrup remember to measure out equal parts water and white granulated sugar. Simmer it down for 3-5 minutes until the sugar is dissolved and it coats the spoon. Then allow it to rest at room temperature until it is cool enough to store in a glass container. You can dream up any flavor profile by playing with fruits, herbs and spices. Like all great recipes, taste as you go. If you find that the flavor is too strong, add in more sugar and water to dilute it, if it is not strong enough, add a bit more infusion until you have the right balance. Or…if you don’t have the patience to fiddle with imperfection, embrace it and play with your drink ingredients to balance out the imperfections. On any given day I have one of these bottles in the fridge and they never disappoint.
- Lemon Simple Syrup is a great addition to a sparkling water or tonic, or go one further and add it to your Vodka Tonic for a little zing. Sharp, crisp and zesty, I add in the zest of 1 lemon to a mixture of 2 cups water to 2 cups sugar. For an added lemon burst, squeeze in the juice once the sugar is dissolved and simmer for another 2 minutes.
- Citrus Simple Syrup is a fun blend of practically any citrus you have in your fridge. I like to add the zest of 1 lime, a one inch peel of grapefruit and the juice of an orange to a mixture of 2 cups water to 2 cups sugar.– it leans towards a sour blend but I love how it adds a bouquet of citrus to any berry inspired drink or takes your Gin and Tonic to a whole new level.
- Vanilla Simple Syrup is irresistible. Warm, aromatic and earthy, it is beautiful in coffee or hot chocolate, even more delightful in a sparkling water topped with a splash of cream. You can keep with the classic method of cutting a Vanilla Bean length wise in half and adding to a measure 3 cups of water with 3 cups of sugar, simmering for 5 minutes then straining to clean up your syrup; or you can add a teaspoon of extract to the same mix for a less bold flavor (and much easier process).