These giftable cocktail enhancers double as exotically elegant coffee elevators, and inventing your own signature combo is easy as pie.
We all know how to make tea, right? Boil some water, plunk in a tea bag, let it sit for a few minutes and – tah dah. Tea. Simple syrups infusions follow a very similar path, and are a really fun way to jazz up a cocktail party, craft some beautiful handmade gifts, or just generally turn your nose up at the "flavored syrups" lining supermarket shelves.
Infusions can be made with just about anything (honestly, you can even put that tea bag IN the infusion), and different combinations lend themselves to different cocktails. Here, we lean towards citrus, spice (and everything nice), because 'tis the season (and those warm spices pair so thrillingly with coconut flower nectars caramel, slightly nutty undertones). Obvious partners with complex flavors like these are bourbon, whiskey and lattes, but the coffee simple syrup mixed with a bit of vodka and a scoop of vanilla ice cream makes for one killer affogato.
This simple syrup base will form the foundation for any infusion your heart desires, and can simply be scaled up for any north-pole level operations you're taking on this holiday season. Happy infusing!
Simple Syrup Base
3/4 cup granulated coconut flower nectar
3/4 cup water
1. In small saucepan, combine sugar and water over medium heat. Stirring occasionally, warm mixture until it comes to a gentle boil and the nectar crystals have completely dissolved.
2. Remove from heat. Syrup is now ready to be poured over prepared infusion.
For Orange & Star Anise
1 Star Anise
2 pieces orange peel*
*With a vegetable peeler, remove two strips of peel from a ripe orange, roughly 1"x3" each
For Cinnamon & Clove
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp high-quality coffee beans
1 tbsp ground coffee beans
1. Place desired infusion in the bottom of a heat-proof container, then carefully pour hot simple syrup over the contents. If any of your infusion ingredients are peeking out, use a spoon to help them fully submerge.
2. Allow to sit at room temperature for at least 1hr. For stronger flavors, cover and infuse overnight or up to 24hrs.
3. Store in an airtight container; refrigeration is good but not necessary if used within two weeks.