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For those that don’t know a simple syrup is used in a variety of beverages call for sweetening to offset the tartness of some juices used in the drink recipes. Granulated sugar does not dissolve easily in cold drinks or ethyl alcohol. Since the simple syrups are liquid, they are easily mixed with other liquids in mixed drinks, making them superior alternatives to granulated sugar while adding a nice little twist / sweetness.

A wide variety of flavoring  can be made, often in combination with each other, such as herbs (rosemary), spices (chipotle chilis; cardamom), or aromatics (orange peel; lemongrass; ginger). For instance, syrupus aromaticus is prepared by adding certain quantities of orange flavouring and cinnamon water to simple syrup. This type of syrup is commonly used at coffee bars, to make flavored drinks. Infused simple syrups can also be used to create desserts, to add sweetness and depth. Now that Summer is here I wanted to share a simple syrup recipe that works with any type of Summer berry that goes great into everything from cocktails to the everyday lemonade.

 

What you will need:
1 cup blueberries, any berries can be used
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
one tablespoon vodka, optional, will last longer with it

 

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Combine blueberries (or whatever berries you are using), sugar and water in a saucepan set over medium heat, bring to boil.

2. Reduce heat, simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. The blueberries will burst on their own, so don’t worry about chopping them first.

3. Pour through strainer, gently pressing to extract as much juice as possible; don’t press too hard, it’ll make your syrup cloudy!

4. Mix in vodka (if using), transfer to a mason jar

 

.:Side Notes:.

This simple syrup should keep in the fridge for 3-4 weeks without or vodka or 6-8 weeks with vodka (although mine always seems to disappear before then)

If you are using bigger berries like strawberries bump the recipe up to two cups instead of the one cup this recipe calls for.

Simple Summer Parfait

blueberry cheesecake parfait
What you will need:
For the
graham cracker layer:
6-7 graham crackers, finely crushed (roughly 1cup)

For The Blueberry Sauce:
1¼ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon honey or granulated sugar
2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch
zest from one lemon

For the cheesecake layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ tablespoon heavy cream
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted

For the garnish:
fresh blueberries
crushed graham cracker crumbs

Steps to yummy goodness:
To make the blueberry sauce:
1. Heat all of the blueberry sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat.
2. Allow to boil and then mash with a fork.
3. Turn the heat down to medium, simmer sauce on medium low until thickened.
4. Remove from heat and set aside to cool completely before layering in parfaits.

For the cheesecake part:
1. In a medium sized bowl beat the softened cream cheese for about a minute until smooth and creamy.
2. Mix in half of the sour cream until smooth then add the remaining half, along with the vanilla extract and heavy cream.
3. Continue to mix until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar until everything is well combined.

To assemble it:
1. Start the parfaits by layering 1 to 2 tablespoons of the graham cracker crumbs on the bottom of each serving glass or jar.
2. Add the cheesecake mixture, and blueberries in alternating even layers.
3. Top with fresh blueberries and any other berries of your choice.
4. Store in refrigerator allowing to set for at least 30 minutes.

.:Side Notes:.
For a healthier option switch out the sour cream for Greek yogurt and use 1/2 fat or light cream cheese.
Feel free to switch out the blueberries for any berries you personally enjoy.