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April 15, 2020
The holidays are just around the corner, and that means precious gatherings with friends and family, time-honored food rituals, and gift-giving galore. And what goes best with all of these classic holiday traditions? Delicious, unique craft cocktails, of course! Impress your friends this holiday season with a carefully concocted drink by learning how to make simple syrup that is homemade, unique, and tasty!
There are a number of elements that can elevate a simple “gin and tonic” level drink to something elegant and sophisticated. One of the easiest ways to do this is to learn how to make simple syrup at home. I have seen the “simple syrups” sold at the grocery store in the liquor aisle: don’t buy into this! It is so incredibly easy to make simple syrup at home and to make it super-fancy by adding herbs or fruit. Read on to learn how to make a variety of simple syrups and for accompanying cocktail recipes!
Use these slightly fancier simple syrups as an accent to all sorts of craft cocktails, such as the mint simple syrup in my Watermelon Mint Vodka Coolers or my Blackberry Mint Collins with Elderflower Vodka. Some other favorites for herb-infused simple syrups are thyme simple syrup, sage simple syrup, and lavender simple syrup.
Now you are ready to take it one step further by making fruit-infused simple syrups. These add not only a beautifully unique taste to your cocktails but an incredibly vibrant color. Try a blueberry simple syrup with The Blues Cocktail, or rhubarb simple syrup in a Honey Rhubarb Pisco Sour. (Bonus tip: Use a modified version of this method to make your own grenadine syrup at home!)
Now that you are a simple syrup expert, try making your own homemade sweet and sour mix with this recipe. Then, use it to make these delicious Grey Goose Slushies!
Check out some of these vessels for storage of your simple syrups! Remember, they should last about 1 month in the refrigerator if they are kept in an airtight container.
Now it’s your turn: comment below or tag @thecharmingdetroiter in your Instagram post to let me know what your favorite recipe is for using your homemade simple syrups!
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