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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.

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What you will need:
Ice
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
6 cups cold water
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 1/2 cups fresh lemon juice (about 6 medium lemons)
lemon slice, for garnish

 

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. In a small sauce pan, bring sugar and water to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

2. Place strawberries into a food processor or blender and process/blend until smooth.

3. Pour pureed strawberries into the sugar water. Add lemon juice. Stir well.

4. Pour strawberry lemon mixture and cold water into a large pitcher. Stir well and add ice.

5. Pour into glasses and top with chopped strawberries and a lemon slice.

 

.:Side Note:.
This is great as a refreshing Summer drink as is or you could add any of the following alcohols to make it a little more adult.

Vodka (plain or raspberry / berry flavored)
Limoncello
Your favorite white wine
Burbon
Champagne

 

Frozen-Mexican-Hot-Chocolate-Blended-Mocha

What you will need:
2 cups ice
1 can coconut milk, full-fat 
1/2 cup  water, cold
5 tablespoons pure cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
5 tablespoons sugar
Chocolate syrup
Whipped cream

 
Steps to yummy goodness:
1. In a blender, combine all the ingredients except the whipped cream and chocolate syrup. 2. Pulse to break down the big ice chunks, then blend on high until smooth.
3. Drizzle chocolate syrup on the insides of your serving glasses.
4. Fill with iced chocolate mixture.
6. Top with coconut whipped cream and more chocolate syrup.

 

.:Side Note:.
If you don’t like the taste of coconut the recipe works well with almond milk.

This recipe can also be made vegan friendly by using Gay Lea Coconut Whipped Cream since that product is made with the cream of coconut instead of dairy.

You make crushed mint lemonade of course.

What you will need:
6 large lemons, scrubbed, thinly sliced
1 small bunch fresh mint, thick stems trimmed (about 2 loosely packed cups)
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups water
Ice cubes

Steps to yummy goodness:
1. Using potato masher, mash sliced lemons, mint, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup lemon juice in large bowl until juicy.

2. Strain lemon mixture through coarse sieve set over another large bowl, pressing masher on solids in sieve to extract some pulp and as much liquid as possible.

3. Mix 2 cups water and remaining 1/4 cup sugar into lemon liquid and pulp in bowl.
4. Fill pitcher with ice; pour lemonade over ice. Let sit for 5 minutes.
5. Fill 4 to 6 tall glasses with ice; add lemonade.

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