Thursday, April 16, 2020

herb infused simple syrups & cocktail bar

Garden infused simple syrups are just what you need for a fun Mothers day cocktail bar, or any party really! 

Simple syrups are easy to make, but what makes them extra festive and tasty is adding fresh fruits and/or fresh herbs. 

Some of my favorite herbs to use in simple syrups are lavender, mint, and sage. But you can experiment with other herbs such as ginger or cilantro. You can also add fruits like grapefruit, lemons, limes, or oranges. 

To make basic traditional simple syrup combine equal parts white granulated sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Let cool. 

To make herb or fruit infused simple syrups, simply add the desired herbs or fruits to the water/sugar mixture while boiling. You can then strain the simple syrup into your bottle or jar. I like to add the herbs or fruits to the bottles afterwards in lieu of, or in addition to labels. This is my favorite inexpensive old school label maker. 

To make rich simple syrup use 2 parts sugar to 1 part water. 

Why simple syrup?

You can use simple syrup not only for cocktails but also for flavoring coffee or tea. You can moisten a cake with it or add it as a topping to your fresh fruit or ice cream. Simple syrup should be stored in the refrigerator after it is made, and it will last up to a month.

I like to serve my simple syrup in these bottles 
{looks like they are sold out but hopefully they will be back in stock soon!}

Even though we are social distancing right now, I think these ideas today will be fun for your family. However, pin any of these images so you can come back to them later, when quarantine is over and everyone will be throwing parties! Crossing my fingers!

The weather has been so nice out that I decided to make this bar setup garden themed. 

It was very simple to set this up. I used an old galvanized watering can for my flowers. I like to grab flowers from the grocery store or roadside stands. But you can always cut branches and blooms from around your yard. 

For those that don't drink, or for children, think about filling a beautiful glass dispenser filled with fresh cut herbs and fruits. 

You can use cucumbers, oranges, mint leaves, grapefruit, oranges, lemons, and limes. You'd be surprised at how good random combinations taste!

For decoration, I also cut oranges and grapefruits and laid them on the surface. This adds to the theme and the color really pops. 

Fill a tray with liquor and tonic waters. You will also need a drink shaker and cups. Make sure everything is easily accessible for everyone.

I also added homemade candied ginger in a vintage bowl. Recipe coming soon!

To add a little garnish to the drinks, I simply used a sprig of rosemary as a skewer for blackberries. You could do this with raspberries or blueberries for a similar look. Just take off the green from the bottom portion of the rosemary and puncture the fruit into the stems to secure them.

Make sure your simple syrups are nearby so everyone can pick their flavor to add to their drink. 

Click on the links below the images for 14 Mother's Day Brunch Recipes!

Mother's Day Brunch Muffins - My 100 Year Old Home // Lavender Lemon Mini Bundt Cake - Finding Lovely // Homemade Cinnamon Rolls - Happy Happy Nester Skinny Grapefruit Margaritas - Modern Glam // Herb Infused Simple Syrups & Cocktail Bar - My Sweet Savannah // Rosemary Grapefruit White Claw Spritzer - Art of Everyday Living // Healthy Breakfast in Bed - Cassie Bustamante Homemade Mac & Cheese - She Gave It A Go // BLT Hashbrown Egg Brunch Cups - Tatertots & Jello // Eggs Benedict - The Handmade Home Gluten Free/Dairy Free Carrot Cake Muffins - Zevy Joy // Lemon Drop Scones - Sincerely, Marie Designs // Pecan Pie Muffins - A Blue Nest // Berry Layer Cake - Jennifer Maune 

xoxo, Melaine 


Cassie Bustamante said...

these look so beautiful and delicious! i have made simple syrup exactly once in my life but you've got me itching!

Jordan said...

Now I'm going to have to make my own simple syrup! These sound divine!

ArtofEverydayLiving said...

Melanie these look SO delicious I'll have to give this recipe a try!

ArtofEverydayLiving said...

Melanie these look so delicious can't wait to try!

Michelle said...

Melanie, you have such a knack for beautiful serving setups! Lots of special touches.

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