Simple Syrups: Spicing Up Summer Sips
with Suzanne Klein
Chief Yummy Officer
Summer is here and suddenly everything on ice is nice – margaritas, lemonade, mojitos, sangria, punch, sodas, smoothies and more. The list of cool, crave-able drinks seems endless.
But here at Savory Spice Shop, we could never serve a margarita, say, as just an average margarita. We’re always looking for ways to spice up the ordinary and make it extraordinary. So this summer, we’re spicing up all of our summer drinks in the simplest yet most creative way we know how—with simple syrups.
A simple syrup takes minutes to make and offers endless sophisticated and even adventurous possibilities for flavoring any type of drink. Simple syrups are typically made with a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio of water to sugar base, and then they can be flavored with anything from herbal to floral to citrus to spicy.
Testing Simple Syrups
Shopping at Savory is like a being in a candy store. This is also true when it comes to making simple syrups since almost any of our herbs, spices or seasonings can be used to flavor syrups. Savory Spice Shop’s test kitchen team spent days exploring various flavor combinations and tested more than two dozen simple syrup recipes. Our in-house tasters helped us narrow down the recipes (in what was appropriately dubbed the “hummingbird convention”) to the top half dozen.
So to get you started with simple syrups, we’ve published our favorite recipes, plus summer drink and dish recipes that highlight how you can use each syrup.
The combination of allspice berries, with flavors reminiscent of nutmeg and cinnamon, and California bay leaves, with herbal peppery notes, make this a subtle yet sophisticated syrup to flavor anything from mojitos to salad dressing. Recipes include:
- Blackberry Fizz
- Strawberry-Basil Mojito
- Strawberry-Basil Spinach Salad with Allspice-Bay Poppy Seed Dressing
Almost any liquid can be used in place of water to make a simple syrup. In this tropical-inspired syrup, we infused coconut milk with the unique citrus flavor in Kaffir lime leaves and the sweet licorice-like flavor of star anise. Recipes include:
We took this classic French herb blend and sweetened it with our Lavender Vanilla Bean Sugar to create a unique sweet and savory syrup that pairs wonderfully with summer flavors of citrus and berry. Recipes include:
We combined tart and tangy hibiscus flowers with the sweet and floral flavor of lavender flowers, added honey powder for a sophisticated sweetness, and ended up with a sweet-tart like syrup that makes a gorgeous limeade and a tangy sangria. Recipes include:
The combination of sweet Vanilla Bean Sugar, spicy Urfa crushed red pepper, salty Fleur de Sel and bitter cardamom seeds make this syrup an exotic addition to anything from margaritas to grilled seafood and fruit salad. Recipes include:
- Urfa Grapefruit Margarita
- Urfa-Freckled Mango Smoothie
- Urfa-Cardamom Grilled Shrimp & Pineapple Skewers
No need to buy grenadine from the store anymore when it’s so easy to make at home. The sweet earthiness of vanilla bean, tartness of pomegranate juice and tangy-ness of pomegranate molasses make this syrup perfect for kid-friendly sips and special treats. Recipes include:
P.S. We’d love to hear what you do with these recipes. Click on the “Reviews” tab in any of our online recipes to rate the recipe and leave your comments. Or submit any original recipe ideas you have using our simple syrups to firstname.lastname@example.org.