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[ MAKING SIMPLE SYRUPS ] ~ from HerbCo
[ MAKING SIMPLE SYRUPS (a guide) ] ~ from Herbco
Simple syrup is a liquid sweetener obtained by boiling sugar and water together until reduced into a thick solution with the consistency of…well, syrup. The viscosity occurs when heat causes the hydroxyl groups in the sugar to break down in a chemical process called hydrolysis. Setting chemistry aside, the “simple” aspect of the concoction stems from its ease of preparation and the ease in which it blends with cold beverages and, most notably, in cocktails. In fact, simple syrup is a staple that resides next to bitters and sliced fruit in the well-stocked bar.
But simple syrup isn’t limited to lip-smacking things served in a glass. It can be used in place of the liquid in pie filling and cake batter, drizzled over ice cream, stirred into coffee or tea, or used to glaze pound cakes and other baked goods to keep them moist. It can also be used in sorbets, cold soups and to make candied fruits. Infused with certain herbs and spices, simple syrup also has a place in the home apothecary. You could dash out to the store to buy the common variety, but it’s much more satisfying, economical and flavorful to make your own.
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decocting HERBS and SPICES with sugar
elderberry
elderberry, whole
Always the favorite herb for making syrup, elderberry stands bold on its own or blends well with rosehips, Schizandra berry, wild cherry bark and ginger root.
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ashwagandha
ashwagandha, power
This tonic and adaptogen, also known as “Indian Ginseng,” makes a wonderful syrup to battle stress and partners well with damiana, ginseng, licorice and ginger.
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rose petals pink
rose, petals
Simple syrup infused with pink or red rose petals creates a colorful, light syrup that’s excellent with hot or cold teas, or used in baked goods.
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ashwagandha
cinnamon chips, cut & sifted
This spice makes a gorgeous syrup for drizzling on foods and stirring into masala chai or milk steamers, especially when paired with anise, cardamom, allspice berries or nutmeg.
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elder flower
elder flower, whole
Like the berries of the elder bush, the flowers are traditionally used to make syrups. Try combining elder flower with soothing chamomile, yarrow leaf, or elecampane root.
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spearmint
spearmint, cut & sifted
Add minty flavor to cordials, teas and other beverages with a spearmint-based syrup. The herb also pairs well with lemon balm.
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