Monday, July 4, 2011

real simple

A bottle of simple syrup is a must-have for cold summer beverages.  Because it's liquid, sweetening iced teas, cordials or cocktails is easier with this syrup than granulated sugar that may not dissolve or distribute easily.   It takes less than five minutes to make and can be kept in the refrigerator indefinitely. 

In a small saucepan, combine equal parts sugar and water over medium high heat.  I use a wooden spoon to gently stir the mixture just until the sugar is dissolved and then just swirl it occasionally (stirring can release sugar crystals on the sides of the pan into the liquid).  Bring mixture to a boil and simmer for about 2 minutes.  Remove from the heat and let cool to room temperature.  Once the syrup is cooled, transfer to a bottle and store in the refrigerator for your next gimlet or glass of home made iced tea.

How simple is that?

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