Simple Syrup Saturday

Homemade Flavored Simple Syrup Recipes

Cheap, easy, and ups your home bar game by a million…

It was a lazy Saturday afternoon so I decided to make some homemade flavoured simple syrups. Simple syrup, if you aren’t familiar, is literally just sugar and water, generally at a ratio of 1:1 but can get infinitely more complex from there. Many drinks call for sugar or any number of syrups [flavoured or not] and many of the top cocktail and mixology bars make their own and experiment constantly with them.

Flavoured simple syrups can really take your home bar cocktails to the next level. Here are three extremely simple ones that can be used in a variety of cocktails, whiskey or otherwise.

Apple Pie Simple Syrup Recipe: 

  • 2.5 Cups Brown Sugar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1.5 Cups Apple Peels
  • 3 Apple Slices
  • 1 Tbsp Whole Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

I used two Granny Smith, two Red Delicious, and two Fuji apples [for no other reason than I wanted to.] Combine all ingredients in a pot or sauce pan and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 – 15 minutes while stirring occasionally. Fine strain into a non-reactive container and keep refrigerated for up to 3 weeks.

 

Thai Chili & Basil Simple Syrup Recipe:

  • 3 Cups Fine White Sugar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 3 Whole Red Thai Chili’s
  • 10 Fresh Basil Leaves

Combine all ingredients in a pot or sauce pan and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. Reduce heat and let simmer for 5 – 10 minutes. If sugar starts to brown remove from heat, lower the heat, and then re-introduce it while still stirring. Fine strain [make sure no seeds get through] into a non-reactive container and keep refrigerated for up to three weeks.

 

Orange & Rosemary Simple Syrup Recipe: 

  • 2.5 Cups Cane Sugar
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Orange Peels
  • 3 Sprigs of Rosemary
  • Juice of 1 Orange

Peel the oranges and try to get as little of the white, bitter pith as possible. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a pot or sauce pan while stirring constantly. Lower the heat and simmer for 5 – 10 minutes. Fine strain into a non-reactive container and keep refrigerated for up to three weeks.

 

Making simple syrup is that easy and fairly cheap. Even if you muck up a batch it’s quick to restart and you’ll quickly find your balance of ingredients & flavours. You can play with so many variables like spices [try to use whole or cracked ones if possible rather than powdered ones that can settle] types of sugar, herbs, botanicals, and fruits. Outside of cocktails they can be used on desserts, in cooking, and even non-alcoholic drinks. What’s your favorite flavored simple syrup recipe?

Cheers.

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