Food & Entertaining - Garden to Table

Honeydew green tea

Pour this sweet drink into a glass, or the melon itself, for a refreshing summer treat

Simple syrups are simply fabulous!
From waking up a glass of tea with a punch of pizzazz to taming a tart lemon or interjecting the very essence of a season into your favorite drink, simple syrups are indispensable!

Just a 1:1 ratio of water and sugar, simple syrup in its very basic form livens any beverage with delightful sweetness. Simple syrup can be stored in the fridge indefinitely (but it won’t last!). This accoutrement to the brews and blends that we sip and savor can be at hand all the time.

As the vehicle to sweetness for our favorite drinks, this is also the medium to interpose the seasons’ best offerings. Mint, thyme, basil, ginger, rosemary, honey and host of other herbs and flavors all meld together to form sweetly infused syrups that awaken the floral, fruity and earthen notes in our favorite teas, punches and lemonades.

The base is the same and the results are too— grand and elegant—from the simplest of gestures, a truly simple syrup.

Basic Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Bring sugar and water to a boil and then turn down heat, stirring all the while. Once the sugar is dissolved, allow to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator indefinitely.

Herbal Simple Syrup
Be brazen and bold with your choices of herbs, such as chocolate or orange mint, lemon thyme, ‘BBQ’ rosemary, ‘African Blue’ basil, or lavender. These amazing varieties within a flavor family are terrific twists to everyday herbs!

Makes 1 1⁄ 2 cups

  • 2–3 tablespoons freshly chopped herb of choice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Chop, mash, mince, or leave whole the leaves of your herb of choice.

Bring sugar and water to a boil then toss prepared herb into the water. Allow to boil for 1 minute. Reduce the heat and then simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to dissolve the sugar. Strain the syrup and discard the herb leaves. Syrup can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated indefinitely.

honeydew-green-tea-bk.jpgExcerpted from Sip & Savor by James T. Farmer III. Copyright © 2012 by James T. Farmer III. Excerpted by permission of Gibbs Smith. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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