You can use a simple syrup in lots of different ways:
- Brush cakes or cupcakes with it for extra flavor and moistness; they'll keep fresher a little longer, too.
- Delicious in tea, hot or cold (and dissolves instantly in iced tea, unlike granulated sugar)
- Use to sweeten and add a boost of flavor to homemade lemonade.
- Use to flavor and sweeten cocktails
- Drizzle lightly onto a fresh fruit salad
Clementine Simple Syrup Print
Makes a little over 1 cup
2 cups sugar
1 cup freshly squeezed clementine juice, strained
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the juice and sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer at a low boil for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Strain if desired- there may be tiny bits of pulp in it. The pulp doesn't bother me- I do not strain. Cover tightly and keep refrigerated. Keeps several weeks (indefinitely, actually; I just don't know what the FDA's recommendations are on this).
You can also replace water with juice, as I have done in this recipe. I've also made simple syrup using sugar, water, and citrus zest, as in this Meyer Lemon Simple Syrup.