It’s almost Christmas! Is everything prepared? All wrapped? Nope, me neither. It is very late to be making things for Christmas now, but if you are stuck for a stocking filler or just fancy a slightly different drink for Christmas eve, then this syrup is for you!
A basic sugar syrup is so simple to make and you can add any flavour you like. For a wintery, Christmassy twist, I added a couple of sprigs of my Christmas tree (washed very well first) which gives a gorgeous subtle flavour and a woodland aroma. I have also made syrups containing rosemary and another with fresh ginger and peppercorns. The pine and rosemary syrups are brilliant added to a gin and tonic and the ginger one would be gorgeous added to some rum or whiskey.
These things are also the perfect thing to pour over a cake. Make a syrup with thyme and lemon zest and you’d have the most gorgeous lemon drizzle cake. Drizzle over a mint syrup over a fruit salad for a twist. The possibilities are endless!
- 400g White sugar
- 400ml Water
- A few sprigs of your (real) Christmas tree!
- Pop all the ingredients into a saucepan and heat until you get to a gentle boil. Let it bubble away for 10 minutes and take off the heat and leave to cool. Remove tree sprigs and pour into bottles and keep refrigerated.
You can add any flavours to these syrups. Spices, citrus peel and herbs all work well.