Homemade Flavored Simple Syrups for #HandcraftedHolidays

This holiday season instead of giving a gift from a store, why not try something handmade? Homemade Flavored Simple Syrups are perfect for the mixologist enthusiast in your life! 
Homemade Flavored Simple Syrups #handcraftedholidaysDisclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, however Freund Container supplied me with a case of bottles for making these simple syrups.  They are also supplying the gift certificates for the giveaway.  All opinions are my own.
 

There was a point in my life post college that all my holiday gifts were handmade.  Living in the city with a job that just covered my expenses, I didn’t want to skip out gifts for my family but purchasing pricey items was definitely out of the question.  The sensible option was to make something handmade from my kitchen, homemade candy and cookies got shipped off to everyone that year.  The one thing I wish for was the knowledge I know now in the kitchen and a better container to store everything in.  

Homemade Flavored Simple Syrups #handcraftedholidaysWhen I had the opportunity from Freund Containers to choose a container of my choice from their website, I was immediately drawn to their Swing Top Bale Wire Bottles.   There are a number of options to use these for, homemade vanilla, hot sauce or even infused liquor but my first thought went to Homemade Flavored Simple Syrups. 

Generally when I make a cocktail, I make the simple syrup as I go, but how easy would it be to have the flavored simple syrup right there ready to pour? It’s the perfect gift for a friend or family member that loves to play mixologist at home.  Simple syrups aren’t just for alcoholic drinks, they can be the base for homemade sodas, flavoring for cakes or even to sweeten your coffee or tea.  

I’ve come up with 4 season appropriate simple syrups for today but the varieties are endless, let your imagination run wild.  There’s also a chance for you to win a gift certificate to Freund Containers below, so that you can pick up a few Swing Top Bale Wire Bottles of your own to package up your simple syrups. 

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Homemade Flavored Simple Syrups for #HandcraftedHolidays

The base to make a simple syrup is quite simple, it is a 1 to 1 ratio of water and sugar. From there we just add our flavors. Here I have 4 seasonal choices for the holidays.

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Ingredients

    Fresh Mint Simple Syrup:
  • 3/4 cup pure cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh mint springs
  • Cranberry Simple Syrup:
  • 3/4 cup pure cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • Lemon-Honey Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 cup pure cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • lemon peel (no white parts) from 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Chocolate Simple Syrup:
  • 3/4 cup pure cane sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

Instructions

    Fresh Mint Simple Syrup:
  1. In a small saucepan bring to boil the sugar, water and fresh mint. Boil until the sugar has dissolved and remove from heat. Let steep for 5 minutes. Place a funnel with a fine mesh strainer over top into the Swing top Bale Wire Bottle and pour. Let cool completely before sealing tightly. Store in the refrigerator.
  2. Cranberry Simple Syrup:
  3. In a small saucepan bring to boil the sugar, water and fresh cranberries. Boil until the sugar dissolves and the cranberries begin to pop. Continue to cook for an additional 1-2 minutes and mash the cranberries with a muddler. Remove from the heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Place a funnel with a fine mesh strainer over top into the Swing top Bale Wire Bottle and pour. Let cool completely before sealing tightly. Store in the refrigerator.
  4. Lemon-Honey Simple Syrup:
  5. In a small saucepan bring to boil the sugar, water and lemon peel. Boil until the sugar dissolves and whisk in the honey. Remove from the heat and let steep for 5 minutes. Place a funnel with a fine mesh strainer over top into the Swing top Bale Wire Bottle and pour. Let cool completely before sealing tightly. Store in the refrigerator.
  6. Chocolate Simple Syrup:
  7. In a small saucepan bring to boil the sugar and water. Boil until the sugar dissolves and whisk in the cocoa powder. Cook for an additional minute, remove from the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Place a funnel over top into the Swing top Bale Wire Bottle and pour. Let cool completely before sealing tightly. Store in the refrigerator.
Recipe Type: Drinks
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Homemade Flavored Simple Syrups #handcraftedholidays This giveaway is for three $100 gift certificate to Freund Container & Supply. Gift certificate will expire on February 28, 2014. Gift certificate is a one-time use certificate and must be used in its entirety; any leftover monies on the gift certificate will be forfeited. This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents. However, it should be noted that due to current International shipping rates, any Canadian winners will pay higher shipping costs for orders. This giveaway will run from Friday November 22, 2013 through Saturday November 30, 2013 (11:59 pm ET).  Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the close of this contest, and given 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

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26 thoughts on “Homemade Flavored Simple Syrups for #HandcraftedHolidays

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    1. Susan Palmer

      Thanks Chris! You can absolutely switch out the fruit, I would just use the same method as you do for the cranberry one. With strawberries, if they are out of season, I recommend picking up a bag of frozen ones to maximize the flavor.

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  4. Joanne

    Homemade gifts pretty much make my day and I can think of quite a few friends and family who would adore these homemade simple syrups!! Definitely adding these to my DIY gift list!

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    1. Susan Palmer

      I’m actually saving the ones I made to be a housewarming gift for a friend. They are just the perfect gift because you can customize it for each person.

      Reply
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  6. Renee

    If someone got a basket with all four of these simple syrups they would be really happy! I agree they are fantastic to have around for more than cocktails. There are so many possibilities.

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  7. tania

    i would definitely get the same bottles you used, i can thinnk of a few people who would enjoy receiving flavoured syrups and of course homemade vanilla for christmas.

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  8. Casandra

    My daughter and I make felt ornaments every year! We could certainly use some of these plastic containers to hold supplies! There are a few other container that would be great for gift giving! So awesome, thanks for letting me on to the Freund website, I’d never heard of it!

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    1. Susan Palmer

      Thanks Pamela! I also spent some time on your blog. I can’t even begin to tell how jealous I am that you have all that roof space for your garden!

      Reply
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