First things first, I have some exciting news… My friend Kammie just released her first eCookbook this week! Healthy & Delicious: Single Serving Recipes is full of delectable treats that are small portions (who wants 11 cupcakes laying around the house? Certainly not I!), made using healthier ingredients and simple to make. I poured through my copy and I’ve bookmarked too many recipes to count. Lucky for me Lance claims he doesn’t have a sweet tooth so I can make a few of these treats all for myself
I urge you to go check it and get yourself a copy! Kammie is offering all of my readers 25% off (through October) if you use the code BLOG25 at checkout – visit Sensual Appeal to get it.
Now about this simple syrup…
On Monday I posted my new favorite martini recipe – Spiced Pear Martini, but in order to make it you need this very special ingredient.
Simple syrup is just that – simple. It takes mere minutes to make and is something kind of magical (the unicorn and glitter kind of magical, obviously). It basically just pot of water and some sugar, it’s stupidly easy – I promise.
In my opinion it’s essential to making a deliciously crafted cocktail. Sure you can make do without, but it makes drinks so, so much better. I wouldn’t dream of having people over for drinks if I didn’t have some simple syrup in my fridge..or maybe that makes me a drink snob? Only a little though, right?
To build on the amazingness that is simple syrup, I added some of my favorite fall spices to give it some flavor and warmth. I used whole spices and steeped them in the simple syrup to add flavor but without the grittiness you can get with ground spices.
I kid you not, this stuff is like crack. You’re going to want to sweeten everything with it. Everything. Cocktails, coffee, tea, oatmeal, yogurt, brushed onto cakes for flavor…the list goes on. It makes a little over a cup so store whatever you have left – it lasts about a month in the fridge.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick (or 2 small sticks)
- 2-3 whole cloves
- 2 whole all spice berries
- 1 whole black peppercorn
- ½ vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise
- ¼ tsp fresh grated nutmeg
- In a medium size saucepan combine sugar, water and spices. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and cover for 20-25 minutes to steep spices and cool.
- Remove large spices from saucepan and discard. Pour syrup mixture through a fine mesh strainer or a layer of cheesecloth to remove large spice particles. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 month.