The Basics: Simple Syrup

Cooking Lessons: Simple Syrup By Rebecca Gordon Buttermilk Lipstick Original Baking & Cooking Tutorials & Techniques Modern Entertaining Solutions Editor-In-Chief Southern Baking Cooking Entertaining & Tailgating Brand Pastry Chef Food Stylist Writer Photographer Editorial Director Creative Director TV Cooking Personality Talent Author Southern Hostess Game Day EntertainingCooking Essentials

The Beverages

Simple Syrup

A mainstay in many fine restaurants, your favorite homegrown cocktail concoction wouldn’t quite be the same without a splash of simple syrup. Learn how to easily make a batch of your own.

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makes about 3 cups

2 cups sugar
2 cups water

Stir together the sugar & the water in a 2-quart sauce pan. Bring the mixture to a boil over High heat, stirring occasionally. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat. Refrigerate until cold. Refrigerate up to 1 week.

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How To Add Flavor To Simple Syrup

Flavored beverages are effortless ways to elevate the standard.
Follow these pointers to make the most of a batch of simple syrup.

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Add bold flavor to this multipurpose sweetener. Basil, thyme, rosemary & mint are standards that deliver a big punch. Ginger Simple Syrup, featured, can be prepared with 2 tablespoons freshly grated ginger.

Prepare Vanilla Bean Syrup by adding a split vanilla bean & the seeds to the warm sugar syrup once it has been removed from the heat. Let stand for 10 minutes. Remove the pod & pour the mixture through a fine wire sieve. Conversely, two tablespoons of pure vanilla extract may be substituted for the vanilla bean. Stir the extract into the syrup once the sugar has dissolved & the mixture has been removed from the heat. 

Steep a handful of leaves or sprigs for 10 minutes. Pour through a wire sieve to collect the solids. Press well with a wooden spoon to release every drop of flavor from the herbs.

Impart a subtle citrus note with a tablespoon of fresh lemon or lime. 

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