Simple Treat: Simple Syrup
Simple syrups are just that…simple. They can be used to flavor your morning coffee, or afternoon tea. Sweeten cakes. Kick up a cocktail a notch or two. Drizzle over yogurt or ice cream. Use as syrup on some fluffy pancakes.
The recipe is a simple 2:1 ratio of sugar and water, but water and sugar are too boring alone. So add fresh flowers or herbs like:
- Oh-my-gosh the list is endless!
- You get the point
Recipe: (you can make this a 1:1 but its more watery and shelf life isn’t as long)
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 8 tablespoons fresh flower buds or selected herb (I used fresh, but you can also use dried)
- Bring sugar, water to a boil in a small saucepan. Simmer till sugar dissolves.
- Add in your herbs or flower.
- Remove from heat, cover and let steep 30 minutes.
Strain buds/herbs out and transfer syrup to a glass bottle with a lid. A recycled beed or wine bottle works great. Refrigerate for up to a month.
Stupid simple right?! But so yummy! Not only is this great for human consumption but it’s great to make a simple syrup with flowers that attract hummingbirds and put your solution into the feeder.
WAY cheaper then buying that pre-made hummingbird syrup they try to sell you at the store. But PLEASE don’t put red dye in the syrup, as long as you have a little red on your feeder that is plenty to attract the little angels.