I'm a sucker for champagne cocktails, so I'm always looking for different recipes to spruce up my usual mixtures. Usually it's a matter of mixing a sweet flavor with your favorite champs. Which made me think... simple syrup! It's sweet... so i'll just add some flavor.
I tried 2 flavors. Strawberry basil and Blackberry lemon. Both, equally tasty. But if I had to choose one, try the strawberry basil.
It was so simple. Boil 1 cup of water, add 1 cup of sugar. After the sugar dissolves, add your chopped fruit, bring back to a boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool [with fruit]
Strain, and serve!
For my combos, I used:
2 lemons + 20 blackberries
5 strawberries + 10 basil leaves
I was disappointed to learn that this only keeps about a week refrigerated... but I think will be a great addition to our next party at a champagne bar!
[all images are mine]