Did Ya Know…How to Make Simple Syrup?
The world of cocktails is pretty darn huge, and with so many flavour combinations, infusions, and gadgets, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. After flipping through an encyclopaedia of cocktails (followed by a minor panic attack), we took a deep breath and started with the basics. We came to realize a common theme: simple syrup.
Basically, dissolved sugar in water. Cocktail enthusiasts (and you!) use this as a binding and/or sweetening agent in many cocktails.
This may sound kind of fancy, but did ya know you can make all sorts of simple syrups on your own?! That’s right, don’t head out to the grocery store, you have all the ingredients already!
How to Make Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 whisk and/or spatula
Ok, tell me how it’s done
In a saucepan combine sugar and water together over medium heat and stir frequently to avoid crystallization. As soon as it comes to a boil, remove from heat and let cool. Can keep for up to two weeks.
Seem pretty basic? We know! Ready to up the ante? Try making a Rich Simple Syrup instead: substitute the 1 cup of sugar for 2 cups of raw sugar for a darker colour and molasses notes. Want a little more flavour? Throw in a sprig of rosemary, or any herb! Why not substitute the water for cranberry juice?
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