Flavored Simple Syrup: How to Make It, How to Use It

Categories: Sugar Rush

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Rachel Miller
Cardamom simple syrup added to soda water.

Simple syrups are often found behind your favorite bar, used to flavor and add a bit of sweetness to your cocktails. Equal parts sugar and water (or liquid), they can be flavored with a multitude of things, but if you aren't mixing up cocktails every night, what else can you use them for?

See also: How to Make Your Own Almond Milk

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Rachel Miller
Multiple simple syrups.

Our refrigerator looks like a science experiment with jars of crazy simple syrup flavors piling up. There are so many great uses for simple syrup beyond the cocktail. Never forget about those cocktails though, play around with crazy new flavors using fruits, herbs, and spices.

Soda Flavoring

A few years ago, I quit pop, or soda, as everyone not from northeastern PA calls it. I do drink soda water all day long, though, and am crazy about my soda stream. Sometimes, I like to change up my club soda with lime regime and add a little cardamom simple syrup to the mix.

½ cup sugar
½ cup water
5 cardamom pods, cracked

Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Allow to cool completely. Strain and store in a sealed container, refrigerated.

Add a couple teaspoons to your soda water and serve over ice.


Berry Sauce

I love that we are in berry season and nothing is better than berries over vanilla ice cream. Sometimes, to kick it up a notch, I add some simple syrup to the berries, to give them a little sweetness and added flavor.

½ cup sugar
½ cup water
Handful of mint leaves ripped apart

Place all ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Allow to cool completely. Strain and store in a sealed container, refrigerated.

Toss with berries. Refrigerate. Spoon over ice cream.



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2 comments
Dante Mancini
Dante Mancini

Short version... "water and sugar goes great on all kinds of shit"

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