Holiday Drink Ideas plus How to Make Flavored Simple Syrup

4 years ago
51 days until baby is due!
How to Make Simple Syrup plus Holiday Drink Recipes from Josh Curtis  
Often times when learning drinks from the bartender, we rattle off our recipes and take for granted that not everything is common knowledge.  Case in point, simple syrup!  As you will see in the video at the end of this blog, the newscaster asks my friend where he can find simple syrup.  It's actually in your kitchen and I'm going to teach you step by step how to make it as well as teach you a flavored version!  I love making the flavored kinds and this is my first of many that I will show you. 
So, what is simple syrup?  It's sugar and water.  That's all.  Nothing more, it's the sweetener that we bartenders add to your drink to give it that sweet flavor.  For example, want to make a perfect margarita but don't have any agave nectar or triple sec?  Try this recipe
2 oz tequila of choice
3/4 oz lime juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
Shake with ice
Strain and pour over ice
Easy recipe and you didn't even have to buy sweet and sour mix
Now for the simple syrup recipe:
1.  Take a glass  jar and fill it up a little less than halfway with sugar
2.  Add boiling water
3.  Stir
4.  You're done


Now, here's a fun trick for your leftover orange peels.  I had a few cuties yesterday so I saved the peels and made candy out of them but first I made simple syrup.

1.  Preheat oven to 350
2.  Quarter the cuties
3.  Peel them
4.  Throw them in a pot with enough water to cover and boil for 15 minutes
5.  Strain out the peels and pour the hot water over sugar
6.  Stir the sugar water for simple syrup
7.  Line a pan with foil and place cutie peels on pan
8.  Coat peels with sugar
9.  Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes
10. Remove, cool and garnish your drink with it!
 Quartered Cuties
 Peeled Cuties
 Add enough water to cover the rinds
 Bring to boil and cover for 15 minutes

Prep jar with sugar

Strain out cutie peels and pour hot water over sugar

Stir and now it's ready to serve!  Goes great in tea, also good in margaritas for that orange flavor!

Lay peels on baking sheet and coat with sugar.  Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Remove from oven

Use as a garnish that you can also eat!  

Now, for the holiday recipes I promised.  Watch as master mixologist, Josh Curtis explains how to make these delicious cocktails!

Just to introduce Josh, he's a Shawnee, OK boy tearing up the mixology scene here in Los Angeles.  There is nothing more fun than flipping through tv channels while on maternity leave and seeing your awesome friend on a news segment doing what he does best!  To learn more recipes from him and see awesome photos you can connect with him online using the links below!  Watch the segment  and get your holiday drink ideas!
Follow Josh on Instagram and Twitter 

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