This recipe for orange simple syrup sounds intimidating, but I promise you its not! If you can boil water, you can make this. It’s the perfect way to use up extra citrus, and would even be a fun surprise to drop off on a neighbor or friend’s doorstep.
I have to admit, I would never have had the confidence to even try this if it weren’t for Stacie and Meghan at Didn’t I Just Feed You. Their podcast has given me so much more confidence in the kitchen, and made me realize that things I considered only store bought (like this simple syrup) are actually super easy to make on your own, and often better when you do! Highly recommend their podcast if you haven’t already listened.
How to use Orange simple syrup
Simple syrups are very versatile and an easy way to sweeten drinks in a more natural way. A little goes a long way, so it’s also a way to reduce your sugar intake. Here are a few ways ideas to use orange simple syrup:
- In a cocktail
- To flavor still or sparkling water
- On pancakes or waffles
- On plain yogurt
- Over a fruit salad
- In oatmeal
- In a marinade
Ingredients + Tools
- Zest of one medium orange
- Citrus zester (If you don’t have a zester, a knife will work too)
- Stock pot
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1 cup water
- Zest of one orange
1. Zest one medium orange, or several small clementines. If you do not have a zester, carefully slice the peel off with a knife. Be sure to avoid adding any of the white pith with the peel as that will make it bitter.
2. Combine sugar and water in a medium stock pot. Heat on medium until sugar dissolves.
3. Add the peel and simmer for about 5 minutes.
4. Before the mixture reaches a boil, remove it from the burner.
5. Leave on the stove to cool for 15-20 minutes.
6. Strain the simple syrup into a container, removing the peel.
7. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
My favorite way to use the simple syrup is in a tequila soda. When combined with lime juice, it gives the refreshing taste of a margarita without the overly sugary taste of a sweet and sour mix.
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