Years back, in a brewing magazine. I came across a recipe for hops lemonade. I have made it quite a few times and absolutely adored it. It gives me that hops flavor that I crave while not giving me the alcohol that I don't need. This pregnancy, I have searched the web and can't find the recipe or anything like it ... anywhere! I tried making it from memory twice and both times it ended up totally bitter. So, I tried to empty my memory bank and start from scratch. I wanted to make more of a hops syrup so I could add to anything I wanted ... seltzer, tonic, water for more of a lemonade taste, kombucha and even make a mixer out of if should company want to try it (or me post baby!).
After a few rounds of completely failed attempts, I decided to give that old college effort and try one more time. Once again I learn, when it comes to delicious hops ... try, try again and wait for the magic to happen! I finally succeeded to my liking and have been enjoying hop-tails all week!
Hops don't equal alcohol! This is a completely non-alcoholic syrup that you can enjoy anytime of the day! Read more here to learn more about growing your own hops and all of their health benefits!
Hops SyrupMakes 2 cups
2 c sugar
2 c water
zest of an orange or grapefruit
2 cups of fresh hops or 1/2 oz hops pellets (my favorite to use are cascade, amarillo and chinook)
1/2 c citrus juice (orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime)
In a pot, mix together sugar and water. Over medium heat, let it have a steady rolling boil until it reduces to about 1 1/2 cups total. It should have a thicker syrupy feel to it.
In a bowl, pour in your syrup and add hop pellets. I let this sit for around a half hour. Using a fine towel or double layered cheese cloth, strain the mixture to get all of the hop residue out of the mixture.
Finally, add your citrus juice and it's ready to use!
When you're ready to mix your drinks start with a little and add to your liking. I love the flavor of hops so I use almost 1/4 c of syrup for a 12 oz drink.
Ideas for Your Hops Syrup Drinks
- Ginger Beer
- Homemade Kombucha
- Seltzer or Tonic
- For cocktails, add a little vodka to any of the mixes above!