Saturday, March 10, 2012

Simple syrup ...

My buddy Clifton taught me something about making the perfect Mojito: substitute the granular sugar with simple syrup. It's the fully dissolved sugar in the syrup that enhances the taste and provides perfect consistency to any drink.

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Simple syrup is so easy to make, and can be used in a variety of drinks. That sweetened iced tea that tastes so good in restaurants across the South is most often brewed, then flavored with simple syrup.

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SIMPLE SYRUP RECIPE

Ingredients:
1 cup of water
1 cup of sugar
a stirring device

Directions:
Add water to a pot and heat on high until it boils, reduce heat to medium.
Add the sugar to water and stir.
Stir until the sugar dissolves and the water becomes yellowish and clear.
Remove the simple syrup mixture from the heat to cool.
Add now to your drink, or bottle the simple syrup for later use.

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Simple syrup stores well in a closed, glass container for one to two weeks in the refrigerator. The fun part is experimenting with a variety of herbs to create flavor-infused syrups. I'm partial to lavender since we grow it in our garden. It adds a light, aromatic flavor that is perfect for light spring drinks.

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If you plan to bottle simple syrup, it's easy to create unique flavors with Mint, Lemongrass, Cinnamon, Rosemary or any herb of your choice by simply adding 2-3 tablespoons of the herb per cup of water in your pot. Follow the remaining directions, then strain out the herb before bottling.

Salud!



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