Monday again, and Mr. Grassroofs is excited to build on his post from last week about the Old Fashioned. Let’s give him and his simple syrups some love!
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Bottom line: The best ideas generally start with something we already love. So, how do you create the next best thing in summer drink land? Simple Syrup. This basic, yet completely delicious ingredient is just begging for some attention. Yeah, so recipe:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
While you can get fancy and use any number of sugars (brown, turbinado, ect.), for our purposes here I’m going with standard white sugar. The first two experiments covered two distinct methods (steeping vs. simmering).
Rosemary Simple Syrup
In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water on the stove and heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Carefully move the warm syrup to a container (I prefer the multi-purpose mason jar) and add two springs of fresh rosemary. Let that sit for 2 hours and then remove the sprigs.
Peach-Basil Simple Syrup
In a saucepan, combine the sugar and water on the stove and heat until the sugar has completely dissolved. Add one peach (sliced) and about 10 fresh basil leaves to the mix and simmer over low heat for 7-10 minutes. You’ll notice a nice pinkish hue in the liquid. Strain the mixture (using a fine strainer) into a container of your choosing and allow to cool slowly.