Homebrew Syrups Part 1

I started making syrup because I’m impatient in the morning. Adding sugar to my coffee and then stirring and stirring until it was fully integrated just irritated me. Making simple syrup and using that instead made it easy. Adding flavors to simple syrup created more options, for coffee and for soda. Add a tablespoon to coffee, club soda, or water. Below are some of my favorite recipes.

Simple Syrup

Serves 30
Cook time 5 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage, Condiment
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar (white sugar works best; organic will give a somewhat cloudy final product)
  • 1 cup water

Directions

Step 1 Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan, cover.
Step 2 Heat until boiling.
Step 3 Boil about 1 minute.
Step 4 Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Note

I pre-boil my water in an electric kettle to speed things up.

No need to refrigerate, but I keep mine in a speed pour bottle (like a bartender) so I put it in the fridge mostly to keep bugs out.

When adding flavors there are a few things to consider. Some ingredients change flavor dramatically when they are boiled, so you need to work a little differently.

Citrus syrup

Serves 30
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 20 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed juice (lemon, lime, orange, etc.)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • .25 cup water

Directions

Step 1 Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan
Step 2 Bring to a boil
Step 3 Boil about one minute
Step 4 Remove from heat, allow to cool
Step 5 Mix with juice

Note

You don't want to boil citrus, it will alter the flavor. Store in refrigerator.

Add 1 tbl to 8 oz water or soda for lemonade/limeade.

Other flavors fill out on boiling, like a tea, and are ideal for the simple syrup process.

Vanilla Bean Syrup

Serves 30
Prep time 3 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 13 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Meal type Beverage
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Ingredients

  • 1 vanilla bean (separate and scrape)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1.5 cups water

Directions

Step 1 Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan
Step 2 Bring to a boil
Step 3 Boil about 10 minutes
Step 4 Remove from heat, allow to cool
Step 5 To preserve and intensify flavor, bottle with the beans