With more than 115 drink syrups in our collection, it’s a rare event when we decide to make a different flavored syrup from scratch. But sometimes that itch for creativity starts getting to us and we have to go back to the basics.
And when we say “basics,” we really mean the basics. Long before the time of refrigeration, people made their own homemade flavored syrups, which were known as “shrub syrups.” A shrub syrup is quite simple. It contains a fruit (usually a berry), sugar, and vinegar. There are several ways to make shrub syrups. Today, we’re going to look at the easy way and the hard way. Both types of shrub syrups taste great, but the more difficult version is definitely worth the extra effort.
How to Make Flavored Syrup (Easy)
This first method, the easy method, is done on the stovetop. You don’t have to have any cooking expertise to pull this off. Here’s how it’s done in four easy steps:
- Make a simple syrup, heating and stirring equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan.
- Add berries of your choice to the mixture, allowing the fruit to cook down. The fruit’s juices will blend into the syrup.
- Strain the mixture and allow it to cool.
- Add vinegar to the syrup, bottle it, and refrigerate.
(Use equal parts simple syrup, berries, and vinegar.)
How to Make Flavored Syrup (Hard)
While you can get great results using the easy homemade flavored syrup recipe, you can get even better results with our slightly more difficult version. Some experts believe that cooking the fruit on the stovetop detracts from the flavor. This “cold pressed” method lends itself to a tastier treat.
- Wash the fruit or berries thoroughly and crush/muddle them slightly.
- Pour sugar over the fruit (aim for a 1:1 sugar:fruit ratio). Stir it all up, cover it, and put it in the refrigerator.
- After 1-2 days, the sugar will have drawn the syrupy juice out of the fruit. Strain this syrup, gently pressing liquid out of the fruit.
- Add one part vinegar and mix the concoction thoroughly.
- Bottle up your mixture and enjoy!
As you can see, the “hard” method isn’t that hard at all. Rather, it just requires a little more time and patience.
Short on time and patience? Pick up one of our delicious fruit-flavored syrups today. Go out on a limb (pun intended) and try Amoretti Premium Apricot Syrup. We’re sure that you’ll like it. And if not, we’ll be sure to make it right!