Simple Syrups

[11 Oct 2006 | By | 6 Comments]

raspberry simple syrupSimple Syrups are easy-squeezy to make, and the number of flavors you can concoct are endless. Pictured here are a raspberry, blackberry and a combination of blackberry blueberry.

My first venture into the world of simple syrups was my impatience for a great mojito. I wasn’t about to waste any rum on a bad mojito, and I wanted to get the ratios just right. So came the Mint Simple Syrup: to get an in-your-face mint forward drink, with already dissolved sugar. Then my mojitos were easy to whip up: all I had to do was add rum, fresh lime and soda. (Lets be clear, some of the early versions of my mojito involved green looking swamp water, undrinkable flecks of mint all over my teeth and throat, and post-sip facial winces from my husband followed by a not-so-believable smile).

So began my infatuation with simple syrup—and vanilla, peach, mango and gingersnap flavors followed. I have only started simmering the sugar on this one; no doubt many syrups will follow. In fact, I may package a trio of syrups for a neighborly Christmas gift.

If I do offer simple syrups for a hostess or friendly gift, I will probably attach a sticky label or tie on a card with 2-3 drink ideas (I realize I may be more excited about melting sugar than the next guy, so providing ideas makes it easier for others to enjoy). Drink ideas might include Italian Sodas, Gingersnaps or Mojitos. No doubt I will have to keep stirring the kettle to come up with more! Let me know if you come up with a fabulous new syrup or simple syrup inspired drink!

Blackberry Blueberry Simple Syrup
1 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
15-20 blueberries
15-20 blackberries

Bring to simmer over medium heat; simmer 5 minutes (sugar should be dissolved). Add berries and turn off heat. Cool to room temperature. Strain out berries and pour into bottle (keeps for weeks at room temp with tight lid; I recycle olive oil and maple syrup bottles and make my own labels for whatever inhabits the jar next).

Raspberry Simple Syrup
1 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 pint raspberries

Same instructions as above.

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  • All about Kids Parties » Kid Chefs said (11 October 2006 at 2:28 pm):

    […] And to celebrate his kitchen pleasures we invited a few friends over for a sleepover. First, we handed them each a white chef hat; they decorated them with permanent markers. Next, we provided miniature rolling pins. To commemorate their chef crown experience, I had them create their own Italian sodas (using easy to make syrups) , roll and top their own pizzas and help me blend and roll cookies. My son’s birthday present request was to attend a cooking class (which he was able to do via William Sonoma. Also look into possible classes at Whole Food Kids). […]

  • Donna VanderGriend said (12 October 2006 at 9:28 pm):

    Dear Janelle…found and read and enjoyed all your new \’posts\’: Simple Syrups, Blue is the New Yellow, and the article for Kid Chefs (Kudos to Kids in the Kitchen caption…great alliteration!) I am so struck with how easy it seems for you to write, to come up with creative ideas, to sound so wonderfully conversational. Where is the \”monumental effort\” I thought all writers went through :-)? Loved the kid picture!! And the take-off on yellow…remember the book you gave me? THE PERSISTENCE OF YELLOW? I cherish it still. Your kids are both very inspirational…that\’s all there is to it. And so are you!
    Love, Mom

  • Ashley said (15 February 2008 at 2:47 pm):

    I haven’t really explored all the options of simple syrups but this post was really inspiring.
    I do make my own vanilla syrup for my morning coffee using real vanilla bean. That makes me excited to get out of bed in the morning!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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