There's no simpler way to upgrade your favorite recipes with a little extra flavor.
Making syrup to bring depth, flavor, and complexity to your drinks might seem like a daunting and tedious extra step, but once you've added a few basic syrup recipes to your repertoire, you'll be amazed at how versatile these basic ingredients can be. We're not just talking about simple syrup — though if you're wondering how to use up a batch, here are some of our favorite simple syrup cocktails. Our favorite flavored syrups can be used to make stellar classic cocktails, nonalcoholic cocktails like the Psychedelic Backyard, as well as decadent and moist baked goods like this Greek Olive Oil and Walnut Cake or this Yuzu and Lemon Cake with Buttercream Frosting. Here's how to make some of our simplest, most popular syrup recipes.
The bar cart’s hardest working bottle, simple syrup might be the most-used ingredient when it comes to making cocktails. It rounds out the sharp acid in citrus-based drinks like a Whiskey Sour, adds depth and body to a French 75, and even plays a critical role in a Long Island Iced Tea.
This chamomile-scented honey syrup is an elevated simple syrup; the chamomile tea steeps in the honey syrup, giving it a sweet and floral aroma.
Herb Simple Syrup
Blanching tender herbs before blending them in this versatile syrup preserves their delicate, fresh flavors. Use this refreshing syrup in cocktails or mocktails, or drizzle it over fruity desserts.
Made by simply infusing fresh ginger root into a simple syrup, ginger syrup is an easy-to-use addition to boozy and nonalcoholic cocktails alike. To make this infused simple syrup, starting with fresh ginger root is key.
The Psychedelic Backyard is a tart, slightly sweet nonalcoholic cocktail that also happens to be one of our favorite uses for raspberry syrup.
Cucumber, Basil, and Cardamom Syrup
This infused simple syrup brings a smoky, herbal flavor to the Cucumber-Rose Gin Spritz. Leftover syrup is perfect for adding complexity to lemonade or poaching fruit for a light summer dessert.
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