What are syrups? Syrups are liquid condiments primarily made of sugar and water. To cocktails, syrups are sweeteners that offset tartness, bitterness, and add flavor. There are many different types of syrups from simple to flavored to gomme based. Syrups mix into cocktails more evenly and faster than granulated sugars.
Simple Syrups are your basic water to granulated sugar syrups in a 1:1 ratio. 8oz of water to 8oz of granulated sugar in simple form. To make sweeter versions, increase the suagr content to 2:1 to water.
A favorite of Muddle & Stir is Demerara Syrup. We love this in Old Fashioned's and more! 12oz of Demerara sugar to 6oz of water. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved then cool and store in your refrigerator.
These are simple syrups with infusions of fruits, herbs,spices, and any combination thereof.
A favorite of Muddle & Stir is RaspberrySyrup. We love this syrup in Gin, Vodka, Champagne and more! 1 cup of granulated sugar; 8oz of water; 1.5 cups of Raspberries (about 12 oz); 1oz vodka. Add sugar and water to saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Add Rasperries and simmer on low for 3 to 5 mins. Once fruit is broken down, remove from heat and let it sit for about 15 min. Strain through mesh strainer into your storage container. Stir in vodka to for about 6 to 8 weeks of shelf life.
Gomme or Gum Syrups is just like simple syrup but includes gum arabic as an ingredient. Gum syrup is the most intense sweetener you can use. It has the highest amount of water to sugar ratio because the gum arabic prevents cyrstals from forming.
To make Gum Syrup, there is an additional step the the Simple Syrup recipe.Whisk together in a bowl 2oz of gum arabic and 2oz of room temperature water together to integrate. Cover and let sit for 1 hour then stir into your simple syrup once cooled. You should be able to get 3 months shelf life but always keep an eye on your syrups.
Shelf Life Extension
Homemade syrups don't last forever in the refrigerator. Some start to get moldy after 2 weeks, so pay attention to them and write down the dates that they were made to maintain freshness; when they become cloudy its time to make new ones! TRICK--add 1oz of unflavored vodka to 16oz of syrup to extend their shelf life. You can then get about 1 to 2 months of shelf life but keep your eyes on them.
Enjoy! Muddle & Stir