In one of my recent blog posts, Simple Syrup Recipe for Cocktails, I posted a standard recipe for Simple Syrup – which is 1 part water to 1 part sugar – typically one cup of water and one cup of sugar brought to a quick boil on the stove.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- Boil both ingredients until the sugar dissolves. Usually 3-4 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let it cool.
- If refrigerated, it can last a month or two!
In our backyard, we have a Kaffir lime tree, and since the leaves are edible and taste and smell like lovely lime, I added a small handful of them to my mason jar of simple syrup. The result was a sweet and sour syrup that tastes fantastic in cocktails or mocktails alike. In fact, adding aromatics to a simple syrup is an excellent way to mix things up with cocktails. Try adding lemon zest, or herbs, or even cinnamon or cocoa. The next time you mix drinks for your friends, they’ll dub you a grade-A home bartender!