simple syrupMaking simple syrup is just that, simple!  All you need is equal parts of sugar and water.  This liquid sweetener is commonly used to sweeten cocktails, iced tea, iced coffee, lemonade, and other cold drinks.  You can buy simple syrup from specialty grocery stores but it is much more economical to make your own at home.

Once you’ve made it a few times, branch out and experiment by flavoring it.  What flavors to start with, you ask?  Think of vanilla, ginger, mint, cinnamon, and lemon.  These are most often used to make specialty cocktails, quick lemonade flavored iced teas, flavored hot or iced coffees, and milk steamers.  Use as a topping on fresh fruit, pancakes, cakes, baked goods, and ice creams.  Once you find a flavor that you like, you can make sorbet.  Just add fresh fruit.

Although the syrup uses only two ingredients, by changing to a different type of sugar it will alter the colour, flavour, and texture of the sweetener.  Substituting white sugar for demerara sugar will add a richer flavor.

ingredients

1 cup of boiling water
1 cup of white sugar

method

In a bowl add boiling water to sugar. Stir to dissolve. Once cooled, use shortly afterward or place in the refrigerator for future use.  This will last up to one month.

The Culinary Chase’s Note:  Heighten the taste of a pitcher of sangria by adding a flavoured syrup. Enjoy!