In search of making the best cocktails at home or for special events, there are really three key components:
While it's not impossible to have all three, it's not as typical as you might think. Making matters worse, there are millions of wannabes at pool parties bastardizing classics without a lick of shame about it. It's rough out there. And though I AM NOT A PRO, I never pretend to be.
For this card, you're going to learn how to make herb syrups. I just shared a card on Garden Gimlets that you can see here. Well, the recipe calls for herb syrup. So...where do you buy it? You don't; you make it! Here's how to do it:
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
HERBAL FLAVOR OPTIONS (Choose 1 herb per batch of Simple Syrup)
5 fresh basil sprigs (5-7 inches long), about 1.5 oz.
4 fresh rosemary sprigs (5-7 inches long), about .5 oz.
1 large handful fresh mint sprigs, about 1.5 oz.
6 fresh thyme sprigs (3-4 inches long), about .5 oz.
8 bay leaves
fine mesh strainer (or cheesecloth)
8 ounce glass bottle or jar with tight fitting lid
1. Gently rinse your herbs, keeping them separated.
2. Bring sugar and water to a boil, stirring to avoid burning.
3. Add herbs, boiling for 60 seconds. Remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes. Remove herbs with a slotted spoon and allow mix to cool.
4. Pour the cooled syrup through a fine mesh strainer or multiple layers of cheesecloth into a glass bottle or jar.
Label your syrup infusions accordingly and store sealed in the refrigerator.
Take a look here to see the multitude of cocktail drinks that you can make with your brand new herb syrups!