Syrups to Stock Your Bar - Part Two

On to Part 2 of the highly anticipated Syrups post! It's okay guys, I know you've been holding your breath on the rest of these so I won't make you wait a moment longer! First up we have Sour Mix, which I think has gotten a bad wrap all around.

Sour Mix

Every time I saw the neon yellow "sour mix" in the store I sort of cringed. It was calling to me in the siren song of laziness but it just looked... wrong. There is something wrong about the color of it and my love of fresh citrus made me dread picking it up. Turns out sour mix is fairly simple to make and delicious to use in some of the best lazy post-work cocktails.

Mix water and sugar in a small pot and simmer until the sugar dissolves. Turn down the heat and add the lemon and lime juice. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain the sour mix into an airtight glass container. This will last several weeks in the refrigerator.

- 1 cup sugar             - 1 cup water         - 2 cups fresh lemon and lime juice (strained)

Black Peppercorn Ginger Syrup

I love ginger things. Ginger ale, ginger beer, ginger liqueur - if you haven't sampled Domain de Canton I highly recommend you give it a try. I decided to make my own ginger syrup for use in things like Moscow Mules. I keep this on hand and even when I don't have the ginger beer a drink calls for I can sub this is in with club soda to get a similar taste.

Peel and slice your ginger and place into a saucepan with your sugar, water and peppercorns. Bring the mixture to a boil until the sugar dissolves and be sure your stir it frequently to keep it from burning. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for a few minutes until the consistency is a bit more syrupy (it will get thicker when it cools as well). Remove from the heat and let it cool. Store it all overnight in the refrigerator - chunks and all - then the next day strain it into a glass container and stir in 1 tsp vodka (optional) to help preserve it.

- 1 piece ginger, peeled     - 1.5 tsp peppercorns     - 1 cup sugar     - 1 cup water     - 1 tsp vodka

Try it in a Moscow Mule with soda water in place of regular ginger beer then let me know what you think!

Citrus Sage Syrup

This last syrup is one I have used in many different drinks in place of simple syrups or other orange-based ingredients. The sage makes it savory and yet the fresh orange lends a light sweetness that you can't get from just tossing orange juice into a drink.

Now, forgive me, I'm going to make you do a bit of work on this one but you'll thank me at the end. Follow me along to Feast in Thyme and Kristen will impart her wisdom of both this syrup and the delightful drink you'll create with it...

 Honey Bear Bourbon Cocktail

Honey Bear Bourbon Cocktail