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Aug 3, 2013 03:22 PM

Fun Simply Syrup Options

Hi Chowhounds,

Currently working on groomsmen gifts with a cocktail theme. Thinking: monogramed tumblers, bourbon, and some kind of home-made simple syrup. Does anyone have any infused simple syrup recipes that go well with bourbon and will keep for at least a week or two? Or should I just stick with some nice bitters so they can make old-fashioneds.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Stick with the bitters; homemade syrups don't keep long. If you do go with syrup ( I haven't any recipes, sorry) be sure to make it at the latest possible time, keep it refrigerated, and label the syrup clearly to state that it has a short shelf life of maybe a week, two if you prefer to live dangerously.

    1. i made a strawberry basil simple syrup for champagne once that i bet would work with bourbon. recipe:

      1 pint of strawberries, washed well and chopped
      3/4 cup water
      1/2 cup sugar
      1 cup of basil leaves, packed
      juice of half a lemon

      -Bring the water and sugar to a boil and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is clear. Turn off heat, add the basil leaves and let steep for about 30 minutes. If you steep longer, the flavor will be stronger.
      -Meanwhile, mash the strawberries in a bowl with the lemon juice.
      -After it has steeped, add the basil syrup to the strawberry bowl. Mix well, cover and refrigerate for 4 hours to let flavors meld.
      -After 4 hours, pour the mixture through a strainer and keep refrigerated.

      I would say this makes maybe 12 or 16 ounces? You only need a tablespoon or so to flavor a drink. It's not a very manly looking drink (it's pink) but I think the sweet, herbal taste would be nice with bourbon. And the color probably wouldn't show much once mixed with the bourbon.

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      1. re: bustlingswan

        Oops! Just realized how old this thread is. Oh well :)