Make Your Own Infused Syrups
Simple syrups can be as varied and diverse as any other food stuff. By mixing in spices, herbs, fruit—you have instantly created a flavored sweetener. And it's not just for cocktails. Drizzle on a simple butter-rich pound cake for a seasonal flavor boost, pack several bottles onto an ice cream sundae bar for a (gluten-free) birthday celebration, add a splash to whipped cream for sweet spice, stir into your morning coffee or tea, or, yes, use it in all manner of cocktails for a tinge of sweet flavor. Ingalls Photography
A play on the classic cocktail The Bee’s Knees, The Killer B is a spicy elixir of gin, lemon juice, and a simple syrup infused with Thai bird chiles and white peppercorns.
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Rose & Rye
The ultimate in freshness, use this syrup to freshen a glass of lemon- or limeade, or whip it into cream for a dessert topping.
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A spicy-sweet take on the typical sour.
Simple syrup infused with anise and cardamom adds depth and sweetness to this genever and persimmon cocktail from Manhattan restaurant
Tart blackberries and floral dried lavender marry in this syrup—mix it into a gimlet or French 75. Get the recipe for
This lemonade gains herbaceous depth from lavender and thyme, while vodka delivers a good, clean punch.
Tequila and cardamom is an unexpected combination, but it works beautifully with the help of lime and grapefruit juice.
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Lemon Chamomile Syrup
Fragrant chamomile flowers and lemon peel marry in this syrup—mix it into a brandy smash or a
collins, or simply with sparkling water for homemade lemon soda. Get the recipe for Lemon Chamomile Syrup
Cocktails are not all about the fruits! This savory yet sweet summer cocktail highlights beets, a root vegetable that offers an earthy flavor and vibrant color that offers a beautiful back drop to the thyme and elderflower. Get the recipe for
An essential ingredient in Zachary Stevens’
Eros Elixir, this spicy fruit syrup is infused with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg and uses pear purée as its base liquid.
Infused with ginger and black pepper, this syrup makes a great homemade ginger beer: Just mix one part syrup to three parts soda water.
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Sweet peaches and aromatic lemon verbena marry in this syrup, perfect for mixing into cocktails such as an old-fashioned or
French 75. Get the recipe for Peach–Lemon Verbena Syrup
Coral-pink and slightly opaque, this cocktail looks demure, but it packs serious heat: bitter and sweet, earthy and deep, with a slow, lingering burn from the vodka and pepper.
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This nonalcoholic sparkler is decidedly sophisticated: fennel’s light, anise flavor is tempered by sweetly autumnal apple juice.
Pear purée, gin, and rosemary give this autumnal cocktail a crisp, woody sweetness, robust density, and sour, crackling effervescence.
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Rye Whiskey Simple Syrup
This boozy, flavorful simple syrup is a quick way to deepen the flavors while adding sweetness to almost any cocktail. Get the recipe for
Rye Whiskey Simple Syrup
Great in fall cocktails, this flavored simple syrup is also wonderful drizzled over
pancakes or stirred into coffee. Get the recipe for Cinnamon Simple Syrup »
A Coca-Cola simple syrup is the finishing touch in this dessert of shaved ice and tangerine curd. Get the recipe for