Saturday, July 19, 2014

Garden Fresh Simple Syrups

DIY Simple SyrupsThe last few years, I always seem to be pregnant or nursing and I get sick of drinking water all of the time ... especially during parties. I love having a fun mocktail to sip on as well as have a fun cocktail for those who can ... and when I'm ready for that cocktail! For me, there's no better time than summer to sip on those fun drinks because of all the fresh ingredients. Many times, I simply muddle some fresh fruit with mint or lemon balm and add it to my water or club soda, but there are those special occasions that I go all out and make a simple syrup. Simple syrups are so fun to add to any drink and they are ridiculously quick and easy to make!

Here are some of my favorite syrups and fruit combinations ideas:

  • Cherry Lime (do the cherries as the recipe calls for and add 1 T of fresh lime juice after you strain the fruit.
  • Herbs! Use 10 leaves instead of 1 c of fruit. Basil, Chamomile and Mint make great syrups
  • Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Raspberry Blueberry
  • Vanilla: Use 1 vanilla bean instead of the fruit.

Garden Fresh Simple Syrups

Makes 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups depending on the fruit

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup chopped fruit

Bring water and sugar to boil so that sugar dissolves completely. Add in your chopped fruit and lower heat to medium heat and simmer for an additional 10 minutes. Strain fruit out and chill. Cover and keep refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

DIY Simply Syrups
Rhubarb Simple Syrup
Add 1 or 2 oz of syrup per cup to your favorite mocktails and cocktails!

Garden Fresh Simple Syrups
Rhubarb Simple Syrup with Club Soda ... Cucumbers and Blueberries made it extra bright tasting!

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