Root Beer and Strawberry-Mint Simple Syrup Recipes
Nothing is quite as versatile in the kitchen as Simple Syrup Recipes. You can drizzle them on cakes and desserts, or even pour them in alcohol, coffee, tea (or even Kombucha!). Basically, Simple Syrups are a quick and easy way to add dimensions of new flavor to any boring recipe. This guide is for two different flavors; Root Beer and Strawberry-Mint. Both Simple Syrups are made with low-glycemic Coconut Sugar and dried herbs for optimum flavor!
First of all, if you haven’t been following along with my Kombucha Madness, you’re missing out! It’s been quite an adventure, most recently I went over how to grow a SCOBY, start a continuous brew, and bottle and flavor the ‘booch!
Unfortunately, I fermented this last batch a little too long, and now it’s slightly too tart for my liking. What can I do now!?
Delicious Simple Syrup Recipe to the Rescue!
First and foremost you may be asking; “what the hell is simple syrup?”
A Simple Syrup is a thick, sweet liquid, usually prepared from sugar and water (usually a 1:1 ratio) and used chiefly as a base for drink flavors.
Simple enough, right? Simple Syrups (in their pure state) are merely sugar dissolved in water. This has many applications, namely the benefit of not having solid sugar crystals in the final product! My first experience with simple syrups was for a cocktail my restaurant was serving. They knew the cane sugar (often infused with herbs) took the simple “cocktail in a mason jar” to a new level of class.
Although, I’m not the biggest fan of using loads of cane-sugar (especially if the recipe would have been healthy otherwise). I needed to find a suitable, healthier alternative, so I took to the kitchen!
Not All Sugar is Created Equal
From High-Fructose Corn Syrup to Stevia, there has been a lot of debate on what’s healthy. (Hint: It’s not the HFCS, it’s already been linked with cancer..) For now, I will reference this informational article. In it, the author goes into great detail on the different types of sugars and describes their different benefits and drawbacks.
Most importantly, I discovered that Coconut Sugar (or Palm Sugar) is one of the most sustainable and least processed sugars available. It also happens to be lower on the Glycemic Index than regular cane sugar, meaning it won’t spike your blood sugar. I also enjoy the fact that it doesn’t have a weird aftertaste! Since this recipe is basically sugar-water, I certainly didn’t want any strong, bitter-like flavors shining through (*cough* stevia!)
Herbs Can Take Your Simple Syrup Recipes to the Next Level
Certainly once you mix the sugar and water, the simple syrup is technically done!
Simple Sugar Syrup = Complete.
Rather, if you feel like getting really fancy, this is your chance to get creative! You can use hundreds of herb/flower/fruit combinations for an infinite amount of flavor combinations. This time, I decided to use:
- Sassafras and vanilla extract for a “Root Beer” flavor,
- Fresh Strawberries and spearmint for a delicious berry-mint flavor, and
- Holy Basil for its anti-anxiety, calming effects
I have read that fresh herbs are usually best for Simple Syrup Recipe infusions, but I only had access to dry herbs and they worked amazingly!
Here’s a picture of the syrup mixed with my latest batch of Kombucha! If you want to know how to brew your own at home, check out the guide here!
Additionally, I added a Tablespoon of the strawberry-mint syrup to some nice-cream the other night and it was orgasmic.
What other flavor combinations can you think of? Let me know in the comments below!