Making a simple syrup is just that, simple, and they can be flavored with just about anything. This one serves as the base for two fun cocktails that I think you’ll enjoy.
Elderflower Simple Syrup
3 pounds granulated sugar, yes pounds
3 liters water
4 lemons, slices
4 oranges, slices
2 ounces dried elderflowers
Combine water and sugar and bring to a gentle boil and boil for 15 minutes. (Congratulations you’ve just made simple syrup! See how easy that was you’ll never need to buy it at the store agin!)
Place elderflowers, orange slices and lemon slices in a bowl large enough to accommodate everything and still fix in the refrigerator.
Allow the simple syrup to cool slightly and pour over the citrus and dried flowers, this will now steep overnight in the refrigerator.
The next morning strain the mixture through cheese cloth a couple of times and por into sterile bottles and refrigerate.
Now…what shall we make with our simple syrup?
2 ounces good Tequila
2 ounces Elderflower Simple Syrup
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce fresh lime juice
Combine with a half cup ice and shake well in a cocktail shaker.
3 ounces Citroen vodka
1 ounces Elderflower Simple Syrup
1 1/2 ounces lemon juice
4 drops orange bitters, homemade of course
Fill a shaker with ice and add vodka, simple syrup, lemon juice and shake well. Pour into a pretty glass and float 4 drops of orange bitters on top.