I’ll admit that like everybody else, I can get caught up in trends every once in awhile. Okay maybe more than every once in awhile, but I like trying new things, and variety is the spice of life right?
So, I’m saying it loud and clear for all to hear… I’M SO INTO SIMPLE SYRUPS RIGHT NOW. I am fully aware that making simple syrups is not a new concept, but I never really understood how easy they are and how much they add to culinary experience. I am also fully aware that you can buy simple syrups already made, but then this wouldn’t be a blog called “Artful Living” if we didn’t do it the more time-consuming way right?
I really have to credit my Dad, as he was the one who sent me home with lavender and said, “MAKE THIS.” So, I did. And I thought I would share my experience in the hopes that others will get on board the simple syrup train with me.
I made lavender and mint syrups, but the recipe is the same for both!
***I would like to point out that if you’re using lavender, make sure it’s the good quality, culinary kind – you should be able to find it in the grocery.
Makes about a cup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tbsp. desired herb or spice
1.) Put water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add in sugar and herb/spice and boil for about 2 minutes. Stir occasionally until sugar is completely dissolved.
2.) Remove the mixture from the heat and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Strain out the herbs/spices and store in an air-tight container in the fridge. (It lasts about 2 weeks.)
And that’s it! The color of both syrups came out almost the same, so I labeled my jars to differentiate. But I could have put in a drop of green food coloring for the mint and a bit of red and blue food coloring to make the lavender purple!