The syrup is the core ingredient to add a sweet kick to your favorite dishes and wicked cocktails. It is a perfect treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. A good amount of bartenders, herbalists, and housewives cannot think about starting a day without a healthy stock of liquid sweeteners.
Honest-to-goodness, almost every sweet treat has sugar syrup. It wouldn’t harm say that syrup is in the air! Preparing a simple sugar is like gulping down a piece of cake in one go (even a cake sponge has sugar syrup). Traditionally, 1 part sugar is dissolved in 1 part water to yield a miraculously sweet simple sugar syrup.
How to make Herbal Simple Syrup
We have been bragging a lot about the syrups a lot, but let’s get to the real question, as to how to frame herbal simple syrup. Well, it’s quite easy if you know what part of the plant you’re playing with.
- Is it the flowers (lavender, roses) or the leaves (basil, peppermint, hibiscus)?
- Fruits (rosehips) or nuts (cocoa)?
- Roots (chicory) or rhizome (Ginger)?
These different plant parts, either dried or fresh, set the time required for boiling. Usually, a little extra amount of water is added while dealing with the dried plant materials. For the leaves and flowers, 5 to 7 minutes of boiling is quite enough whereas, fruits and dense nuts require 5 to 10 minutes. Let’s glance at the recipe card below to easy-up the situation.
How to use Herbal Simple Syrup
The field to work with herbal simple syrups is infinite. You can add sweetness and desirable therapeutic effects in the same equation to satiate your cravings and calm different ailments. You can:
- Drizzle it over the fruit salad.
- Pour over the ice cream.
- Add flavor to the baked goods.
- Add it to seltzer for an herbal non-alcoholic treat.
- Use 1 ½ to 3 ounces of simple syrup per 1 ½ ounce to sweeten your favorite alcohol.
- Make a customized infusion.
- Add it to cocktails.
- Moisten the cake layers and so forth.