Simple syrups make a wonderful base for cocktails. They add sweetness and flavors using various herbs and fruits. They are also easy and quick to make, and best of all they do not require you to go out and buy flavoured syrups from a specialty store. You can simple make these on demand. Here are three simple syrups that will add a fresh taste to any cocktail.
To make a healthier version of any of these, simply replace sugar with honey. You may also choose to forgo the sugar all together, if you are looking for a truly sugarfree experience.
Honey Sage Simple Syrup
3/4 cup water
3/8 cup raw honey
5-7 sage leaves
Lightly muddle the sage leaves to allow for the oils to release. In a saucepan bring water to a boil and add sugar and the sage leaves. Bring the water down to a simmer for 3 minutes to allow the sugar to dissolve and the oils from the sage leave to release. Afterwards, take the saucepan off the stove and allow for the mixture to steep and cool down. Once the simple syrup has completely cooled down, pour it into a glass mason jar for future use. Store the simple syrup in the fridge to keep it cool and fresh.
The honey sage simple syrup will go well with whiskey, bourbon or gin. To highlight the sage flavors garnish your cocktails with a couple of fresh sage leaves and pair it with a citrusy note of a lemon or orange rind.
Raspberry Simple Syrup
1 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
In a saucepan bring water to a boil and add raspberries and sugar. Lower the temperature down to a simmer and stir occasionally until the sugar has completely melted. You’ll also want to make sure the raspberries begin to break apart and release their juices into the simple syrup. Once your mixture is fully incorporated, take it off the heat element and allow for it to cool. When it has cooled, strain and pour the raspberry simple syrup into a glass mason jar. Store it in the fridge for further use.
The raspberry simple syrup goes perfectly with gin based cocktails. It also works similar to cassis; add it to a nice glass of white wine, moscato or rose.
Rosemary Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 bunch rosemary
Bring water in a saucepan to a boil and add sugar. Boil the water until the sugar has completely dissolved. During this time, prep your rosemary. Use a muddler or wooden spoon to lightly agitate the rosemary. This will allow for the oils from the rosemary to easily release. Once your simple syrup is dissolved, take it off the heat element and add the rosemary. Allow for the mixture to steep for at least 15 minutes. Strain the mixture and store it in a glass mason jar.
The rosemary simple syrup will work beautifully with vodka or gin cocktails.
Rosemary Lemon Syrup
1 cup water
2-3 lemon rinds
1 bunch of rosemary
Similarly, to the rosemary simple syrup you’ll start by boiling water and sugar. Then agitate the rosemary and lemon rind with a muddler or wooden spoon to release its oils. Once you water has reached a boil and the sugar has dissolved, take it off the heat element and add rosemary and lemon rind. Allow the mixture to steep just as you would a tea.
This simple syrup is wonderful to use in vodka or gin cocktails. The citrusy notes give it that perfect summer feel.