Strawberry Simple Syrup

 Strawberry 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.  

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • Pint of Strawberries (or 1 lbs)

DIRECTIONS

  • 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. 

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