Flavored Simple Syrup Recipe

Flavored Simple Syrup Recipe
Staff Writer

Used for brushing the génoise cake for the Bûche de Noël.

Adapted from Jacques Torres’ “A Year in Chocolate."

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons Grand Marnier or another liqueur

Directions

In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the water and sugar, place over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. When the sugar has dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and let cool completely.

Stir the liqueur into the cooled syrup. Use immediately, or store, tightly covered, in the refrigerator almost indefinitely.

Simple Syrup Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Simple Syrup Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.