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The Simple Guide To Making Your Own Syrup

Homemade syrups are a great way to add your favourite flavours to drinks, both boozy and not. Get started with this simple guide to making your own syrup. 

There is a common misconception that making cocktails is overly complicated and best left to the professionals. While making a good drink does require a degree of competence, and bartenders work hard to hone their skills, it doesn’t mean that you need to be a professional to enjoy great cocktails at home. It just takes a little bit of practise and some time spent playing around with ingredients and ideas.

Ingredients for Making SyrupsSugar syrups are commonly used in cocktails, and are fairly simple to make, yet they are rarely seen or made in homes. Homemade syrups are a fantastic and easy way to add a variety of flavours and an extra level of complexity to a drink without spending weeks reading about obscure liqueurs and unconventional techniques.

Method for making your own syrups

Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Rosemary and Thyme

RosemaryAdd to a saucepan 500g caster sugar, 500ml water, and a few sprigs of each herb

  • Put the pan on a low heat and stir the sugar until it dissolves

  • Once the sugar has dissolved, take the pan off the heat

  • Allow the syrup to cool then remove the rosemary and thyme

  • Pour into a resealable bottle

Ginger

Ginger

  • Finely chop approx. 50g of fresh ginger

  • Add to a saucepan 500g caster sugar, 500ml water, and the diced ginger

  • Put the pan on a low heat and stir the sugar until it dissolves

  • Once the sugar has dissolved, take the pan off the heat

  • Allow the syrup to cool then strain the syrup, to remove the ginger, using a sieve or catering muslin

  • Pour into a resealable bottle

Watermelon

Watermelon ChunksCut 250g of fresh watermelon into 1-inch cubes

  • Add to a saucepan 500g caster sugar, 500ml water, and a few sprigs of each herb

  • Put the pan on a low heat and stir the sugar until it dissolves

  • Once the sugar has dissolved, take the pan off the heat

  • Allow the syrup to cool then strain the syrup until there is no fruit left in it

  • Pour into a resealable bottle

White Tea and Cherry

Cherries

  • Add to a saucepan 500g caster sugar, 500ml water, and 250g of fresh cherries

  • Put the pan on a low heat and stir the sugar until it dissolves

  • Once the sugar has dissolved, take the pan off the heat

  • Add two white tea bags and leave the syrup to infuse for 30 minutes

  • After half an hour, remove the teabags and sieve the syrup to remove the cherries

  • Pour into a resealable bottle

Fig and Honey

Figs and Honey

  • Add to a saucepan 500ml honey, 500ml water, and 150g of dried figs

  • Put the pan on a low heat and stir until the honey and water are thoroughly mixed

  • As the syrup reaches boiling, take it off the heat

  • Leave the figs to infuse overnight, or for 12 hours

  • Remove the figs from the syrup

  • Pour into a resealable bottle

Now that you know the basics, nothing is stopping you from making some amazing syrups.

The Simple Guide To Making Your Own Syrup

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