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I love having people over to my apartment and making them drinks (from my perfectly stocked bar cart) before we head out for the night. I always come out with these awesome simple syrups that take our cocktails to the next level. I mean, do you want a normal margarita or do you want a peach margarita with jalapeno infused simple syrup?? The best part about this is you can infuse almost any flavor into a simple syrup. THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER.
Also keep in mind that simple syrups are not exclusively for cocktails. They can be used in nonalcoholic drinks like lemonade, drizzled over ice cream or used to moisten layer cakes by brushing some on before you frost. There are tons of options.
So, let’s start with the basic simple syrup recipe, which is 1 part sugar + 1 part water. You put it on the stove and bring it to a boil and cook until all the sugar is dissolved, then let it cool completely. Its always a good idea to have plain simply syrup on hand because it can be used in so many things.
Infusing the simple syrup is mind numbingly easy. You just add whatever flavor you’re trying to infuse into the pan after you bring the water and sugar combo to a boil. Let the flavors steep until they’re infused and let the syrup cool and then strain, if desired.
These are my top 5 favorite flavored simple syrups:
Mint; Add your desired amount of mint into the simply syrup and let infuse. Strain and use in mojitos or mint juleps!
Lavender; Add 2 tablespoons of culinary lavender for every 1 cup of water used into the simply syrup and let infuse. Strain and use in a Lavender Collins or to moisten your sheet cakes.
Lemon; Juice and zest 1 lemon and add to the syrup while bring it to a boil. Let cool and strain. Use in tea, cakes and cocktails!
Vanilla; Scrap the seeds out of a vanilla bean and let the seeds and pod steep in the syrup until infused. Strain and use on ice cream or cake!
Jalapeno; Use 1 jalapeno (sliced and seeds removed). Add to the syrup and let sit for 1 hour or overnight. Strain and use in margaritas or lemonade.