Monday, July 28, 2014

DIY SODA BAR / FLAVOURED SYRUPS



One of the things I'm crazy about is creating flavoured syrups. They are SO easy to make, you have to try it! You can use them to create your own sodas which kids (big and small) will love. They also get a lot of use here at our cocktail bar ;)

So start with making a simple syrup.  This is great to use in your iced coffee or tea, mixed with citrus juices and some soda or as a sweetener in a cocktail.

The recipe is so simple it's not really a recipe.

Just measure out equal parts sugar and water. Bring to a boil and let boil for about 2 minutes. Let cool. Your done.





Once you've mastered the simple syrup you can wander into the world of flavoured syrups. Summer is the perfect time to do this, with the abundance of fresh fruit and herbs.




A popular syrup in our house is the lemon-lime syrup. The kids add it to carbonated water from our Soda Stream. (recipe at end of post)



Grapefruit-orange syrup is delicious too!

Saving old jam jars for syrups like this makes for cute packaging too. I also like to use these Bonne Maman jam jars as glasses.






Tip: Save soda bottles from store-bought sodas to re-use. Just make sure you wash them, but of course you know that...



Lemon Lime Syrup:

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups of sugar
1 cup of water


Orange-Grapefruit Syrup:

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1 cup water
2 cups of sugar

Bring the juices, water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan. Stir only until the sugar dissolves. Allow the syrup to boil for 2 minutes and then remove from heat. Strain the mixture into a bowl. Use the back of a wooden spoon to press out the liquid. Cool completely. 

This will make approximately 2 cups of syrup.

Enjoy! There are so many flavours you can try. Up next in my house is Cherry Syrup!

Debra

**P.S. I set up my Soda Bar on my new DIY Bar Cart (which I love!) that I shared with you earlier today here.

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