Meg was so sweet to come over a few days before the event to help me make the syrups. I found a few general recipes online, but figured we could kind of wing it.
The biggest lesson we learned is that a little simple syrup goes a long way. Remember that this is a very concentrated syrup that you only need a very small portion of to make a big impact in your drink.
We made two different flavors: strawberry basil lime and lemon berry (we made an alcoholic and non-alcoholic version of this flavor).
Strawberry Basil Lime
--2 cups of water (for a big batch)
--1 cup of sugar (We used Truvia for a lower calorie option. Make sure to buy the baking blend version.)
This will make a large batch of simple syrup. If you want to make a smaller batch, just adjust the amount of water and sugar, always keeping the ratio of 2 parts water to 1 part sugar the same.
--3 cups of cut up strawberries (there isn't really an exact science here, just add a healthy serving of strawberries)
--4-5 basil leaves
Step 1: Add your water and sugar to a saucepan and heat over medium heat until all the sugar dissolves.
Step 2: Once the sugar has dissolved in the water, take the saucepan off the heat and let cool for about 30 minutes.
Step 3: Pour the cooled sugar water into a bowl and add the strawberries and basil. With a potato masher, mash the fruit and leaves. You're trying to get the flavor into the sugar water mixture.
Step 4: Next, with a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture into another bowl. Then squeeze the juice of one lime into the syrup and stir.
Step 5: The final step is when you add the vodka if you want to make this snow cone syrup boozy. Meg and I had a difficult time figuring out how much vodka to add. We started off with 3 ounces, then moved to 6, and onto 9. Right before the party, Meg added more, and they turned out great. I guess this part depends on how boozy you want the snow cones to be. I would suggest starting slowly and adding a little more alcohol at a time to get to the taste you prefer.
Drizzle some over some shaved ice and enjoy!
Everything is the same as the recipe above, except swap out 2 lemons and about 2 cups of blueberries instead of the strawberries, basil, and lime.
What I loved about these recipes is that they didn't require us to stick to a strict recipe. It's just a lot of taste testing as you go and adding together flavors that sound good. Thanks Meg for helping me make these delicious syrups! It was a great excuse to hang out:)
Have you made simple syrups before? Any flavor combinations I should try next?