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Is there a combination better than dried rose and raspberry? The light floral rose combined with the sweet and tart raspberry.
When it passes January, I become obsessed with Spring. Spring flavors, spring flowers, spring cleaning, the works! There’s something so romantic about the spring, and I love fresh florals. I love making bright colorful bouquets of flowers every week for my kitchen. It makes me smile every time I enter the house!
Spring inspired me to make this simple syrup. That and wanting to make a rose latte! For Valentine’s Day I wanted to make a Pink 75 - otherwise known as a pink-colored French 75. This cocktail requires sparkling rosé, gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. I couldn’t resist using this light rose and raspberry simple syrup to take it to the next level!
Why Make Your Own Simple Syrup?
Pre-made simple syrups from the store are great options! But, the best part about making your own is you control the flavors and the ingredients. This Rose & Raspberry Simple Syrup has all that: dried rose petals and buds, and raspberries. No worrying about artificial flavoring or quality of your products.
Making your own simple syrup is, well, SIMPLE. It's equal parts sugar and water with whatever flavor you want! For this simple syrup, I wanted the flavors and chose fruits and spices to compliment. If you want to get creative, add: fruit peels, fruit chunks, herbs, or spices. If you let it sit for a while it infuses in flavor and becomes stronger. Then strain into an air-tight jar. I found this one on Amazon to make sure my simple syrups are sealed properly.
What can I even do with a simple syrup?
- COCKTAILS - A great way to sweeten cocktails of many kinds. Many drinks need ½ OZ to 2 OZ of sweetener.
- MOCKTAILS - You can make a fun drink with simple syrup. Try mixing with soda, iced tea or lemonade.
- DESSERTS - Have a dry piece of dessert cake or cupcakes? Try a drizzle of simple syrup for an added punch of flavor.
- FRUIT - Drizzle over fruit for a delicious fruit salad.
- SORBET - This is my next adventure! Blend with frozen fruit to create a sorbet.
Making a rose & raspberry simple syrup is very simple!
STEP ONE: Add all ingredients into a small sauce pot.
STEP TWO: Let the sugar dissolve, stirring for a few minutes. (This step takes around 5-minutes)
STEP THREE: Let sit and cool for 5-10 minutes. (Longer = strong syrup)
STEP FOUR: Strain into airtight jar or container. Keep in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- SUGAR. I use white sugar, but you can use any kind. That’s the best part about simple syrups - they’re so customizable! You can use maple syrup, honey, brown sugar, turbinado sugar. The possibilities are endless! Keep the ratio, but experiment as desired. The flavor will slightly change but will remain delicious.
- WATER. Tap water is more than fine!
- DRIED ROSE PETALS AND BUDS. Make sure to use dried rose petals and buds safe for digestion. I recommend finding some intended for tea. I bought mine from Firepot Nomadic Tea.
- RASPBERRY. Raspberries help to balance out the floral flavor of the rose. Any type of berry will work, but raspberries or strawberries will keep the color best. I used frozen raspberries, fresh will work as well.
What to Use this Simple Syrup With
Rose and Raspberry Simple Syrup
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Cup Sugar white
- ½ Cup Dried Rose Petals and Buds
- ½ Cup Frozen or Fresh Raspberries
- Add all ingredients into a saucepan on the stove.
- On medium heat, allow the sugar dissolve in the water mixture (about 5-10 minutes). Stir frequently.
- Turn the heat off. Leave the saucepan on the stove for an additional 5-minutes. (Leaving to cool longer is fine, but will make a stronger simple syrup)
- Strain into an airtight jar or container.
- Place in fridge for up to 2 weeks.