Monday, April 12, 2010

Vanilla-Apricot Simple Syrup

Bartenders use simple syrup instead of sugar to sweeten cocktails.  That way, you don't have anything grainy in your drink.

Simple syrup is easy as pie to make. It's just one part sugar, one part water, boiled until the sugar dissolves.  You can then store it in an airtight container and use it to sweeten margaritas, fruity martinis, or anything really where you'd normally use sugar.

But simple syrup is also easy to infuse with flavors like vanilla, lavender, cinnamon, ginger, or even chocolate.

Vanilla-apricot simple syrup:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
5 dried apricots
1-2 tsp vanilla extract

Boil the water, sugar, and apricots, covered, for 5-10 minutes.  Stir in the vanilla.  Add immediately to a sterile glass container and seal.  Refrigerate after opening for use.

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