In my quest to keep everything fresh, I also make my own simple syrups for cocktails. I have a stash of syrups in the fridge including one infused with rosemary, one with mint, and one with thyme.
It’s so easy, you can infuse any simple syrup with any flavor – orange, lemon, strawberry, basil, cardamom, lavender, rose, ginger – the list is endless. Just use your imagination. These flavored syrups can be used in fruit drinks or teas or anything else, it doesn’t have to be for cocktails only!
And, yes, I make my own Sour Mix. You have to squeeze a lot of lemons and limes to make it happen but it’s so worth it. To help make that job much easier, I use this handy kitchen gadget, the Citrus Juicer. You can use it for lemons, limes, and small oranges. It’s a must have for any kitchen!
And, yes, for those wondering, I have quite a gadget drawer in my kitchen but my philosophy is you can never have too many! You just never know when you’ll need one! My nickname is “Gadget Girl” and, well, if the shoe fits, wear it, I say!
So, here is the recipe for the Sour Mix. It is so much better than the store bought stuff which again, has so many ingredients in it that can’t be pronounced. Who wants to ingest that I ask you? Not me!
Fresh is always better!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- Make simple syrup by bringing the sugar and water to a boil, about 7 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat and let cool.
- While the syrup is cooling, strain freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice into a resealable bottle, discarding the pulp. Pour in the cooled simple syrup. Shake and use immediately.
- Refrigerate remaining syrup.