Berry Syrup (I made one with strawberries and one with blueberries)
2 lbs of clean, washed berries
4 cups of cold water
2 cups of granulated sugar
Sprig of basil (for the strawberry syrup)
splash of lemon juice
Cut the strawberries into 1/2" pieces and add to a pot with 4 cups of water. Bring mixture to a boil, then simmer for about 20 minutes. You're looking for the stage when the color has come out of the berries. For blueberries, I mash them a bit instead of cutting them.
|The strawberries have started to lose their color, they're getting more opaque. This was after about 5 minutes in the water.|
|You can see some of the blueberry pulp that is left behind from putting it through a sieve|
I like to put my liquid through a sieve again to make sure there are no lumpy bits. The sieve I'm using is from Sur La Table but most kitchen stores would sell one. You may get a little bit of foaming when you get it poured out of the pot and through the sieve- don't panic, it will go away with a gently stir and after it settles.
I then transfer it to a container for storage. I have storage jars from Kilner that I love using for these. I leave the lid off until it has cooled then seal it and put it in the fridge. It easily lasts for several weeks.
If you're looking for a cocktail recipe and want something a little different- try this. It involves adding the syrup to a mixture of rum (I like Cuban rum), orange juice, club soda and a splash of triple sec. It's also great to add the syrup to club soda with a splash of lime, for a refreshing non-alcoholic drink.