Strawberry Simple Syrup
Remember those strawberry picking days with the family when you were younger? We decided to take those memories and bottle them up into a delicious syrup. Its beautiful dark pink colour beckons to be used in a cool, refreshing cocktail recipe. Use this syrup to create your own fun cocktails such as a strawberry daiquiri, margarita, or simply splash some in a vodka lemonade for a touch of rosy strawberry goodness. Simple, elegant, delicious flavours.
- 2 Cups Water
- 1 Cup Sugar
- Pint of Strawberries (or 1 lbs)
- Rinse strawberries and hull them out by cutting the stems/leaves.
- Slice strawberries about ¼ inch each.
- In a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the strawberries and the water.
- Bring to a boil and once boiling, bring down to a simmer.
- Cook the strawberries in water for about 20 minutes.
- With a spoon, skim the foam that floats while the strawberries cook.
- After 20 minutes, the strawberries should have lost most of their colour and the water should be a pink/red colour. After evaporation, you should have around 1 cup of liquid.
- Remove from heat.
- Using a strainer, strain the strawberries and collect the liquid in a saucepan.
Note: Avoid pressing down on the strawberries as you strain as this will create a cloudy syrup.
- Put the saucepan of strawberry infused water over medium-high heat and add the sugar.
- Skim any extra foam that forms during the second boil.
- Stir until sugar is fully dissolved.
- Remove from heat and let cool.
- Store in a glass container and refrigerate.
- Keeps about 1 week.