If you have ever made Simple Syrup for desserts or cocktails, then you will know this is a *simple* thing to put together. So simple that Clyde the Orangutang from Every Which Way But Loose could mix this up…that is if he isn’t too busy making right turns and punching out bad guy bikers..am I the only one to remember that movie and the sequels with Clint Eastwood?
Anyway, on to syrup making, as I said, real simple to do….
One of the most beloved fruits on my must-eat list are strawberries, and they can quickly be made into strawberry syrup to be enjoyed over ice cream, on pancakes, baked into desserts, mixed with Sparkling Water and of course, also be the star of my delicious Strawberry Mojito.
Take 4 cups of very, very ripe (almost mushy ripe) strawberries and slice them into a large stock pot. Add 3 cups of water.
Over medium-high heat, bring the strawberries and water to a boil. Reduce to a low simmer and cook for 15 minutes; stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and strain into another pot through a cheesecloth lined strainer. Lift up the cheesecloth and hold over the pot for a few minutes to drain remaining juice out. Do not squeeze the cheesecloth or your syrup will be cloudy. Discard berries after draining.
Add 1 cup granulated sugar to the strawberry juice and heat again to boiling; reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and let cool. Store in an airtight container and use up within 7-10 days.
See….told you it was simple….enjoy!