Friday, June 10, 2016

Recipe: Peach Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup is the common bartender's component. It's liquid sugar, which makes it easy to dissolve in drinks - both cold and hot. Simple syrup is also used to poach fruits, glaze pastries and breads, and sweeten drinks.
I made a peach simple syrup that I wanted to use to flavor iced tea.
Simple syrup is just sugar and water that is heated until the sugar is dissolved. I added sliced peaches and the juice of half a lemon. The skin on the peaches made the syrup into a beautiful rose color. And while the peaches were simmering the kitchen smelled delicious.
Flavored syrups can be made the same way, using mint leaves, tea, fruits, and herbs.

Peach Simple Syrup

2 peaches, washed, pitted and sliced
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
juice of half a lemon

Combine sugar and water in a medium sized saucepan. When the mixture begins to boil, stir until the sugar is dissolved. Lower the heat until the mixture simmers and add the sliced peaches. Cover and let sit for 30 minutes. Add the juice from half of a lemon.
Strain the mixture through a sieve. Store the syrup in a covered container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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