So many store-bought items are so simple to make, like syrup. Used to preserve fruits, as a delivery method for medicine, as a topping for fruit, pancakes, and ice creams, syrup can sweeten cocktails, tea, coffee, and lemonade. Here are some recipes to get you back to making your own.
Basic Recipe- Adapt for flavors and ingredients:
Combine equal parts sugar and water in ratios of 1:1 or 2:1 depending on how sweet you want it.
Heat sugar water until dissolved in a saucepan over medium heat. Once the edges start to simmer immediately remove from heat source. Liquid should be clear.
If infusing with other flavors, stir them into syrup just as it comes off the burner, cover and allow to steep. You can do multiple flavors at once by pouring the liquid into jars with different ingredients. Cover the jars with lids while steeping.
Once cooled, strain additional ingredients. Leaving behind material will shorten the shelf life.
Store the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use. 1:1 hot process simple syrup can last a month, while 2:1 should last 6 months. Watch for mold.
Get creative! Add & mix flavors. Try fruit, edible flowers, cinnamon, etc.