How to Make Infused Simple Syrups

Infused simple syrups are an easy and exciting way to instantly punch up any beverage. Gift them individually or bundle all three flavors for your lucky recipients.
By: Camille Styles

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Photo By: Buff Strickland ©Buff Strickland

Vanilla, Mint and Cranberry

Infused simple syrups are especially fun to experiment with during the holidays when flavors like peppermint and cranberries are popular. This year, make mixology easier for friends by gifting them homemade brews. Infused vanilla simple syrup is perfect for the coffee-lover, mint is a flawless addition to a glass of iced tea and cranberry syrup takes any cocktail from bland to grand.

Tools and Materials

Fresh mint, fresh vanilla bean, thawed cranberries, sugar, water, funnel, glass bottles with stopper, black-and-white-striped ribbon, printable "Infused Simple Syrup" template kraft paper, scissors or craft knife, double-sided tape and a black pen.

Create Labels

Download the simple syrup labels template and print onto kraft paper. Use scissors or craft knife to carefully cut out labels, and hand write "vanilla," "mint" and "cranberry" into the space provided.

Make Simply Syrup and Assemble

To make classic simple syrup, boil one part sugar and two parts water in a pot until sugar is completely dissolved. Drop a handful of mint into a glass bottle and then use a funnel to fill the bottle with plain simple syrup. Leave the bottle open for 20 minutes to avoid clouding with steam. Wipe away any moisture from outside the bottle. Wrap striped ribbon around bottle to measure its circumference and cut to length. Use double-sided tape to attach the ribbon to the bottle and to attach a corresponding label where the two ribbon ends meet. Repeat with cranberries and vanilla beans.

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