Syrups
Why Syrup?  Well if you drink soda you have syrup every day.  Do you eat pancakes?  Do you pour syrup on top?  Do you like Sorbet?  Sorbet needs a syrup to make it.  When you get sick, did you know that your cough syrup is a simple syrup with herbs?  How about specialty coffees?  They are usually flavored with syrups.  Syrup is very versatile. 
Great to put in a Swing top Bottle

Ginger Lemon Balm Syrup

4 Cups Water
2 Cups Coined Ginger (Fresh)
2 Cups Honey
1 Tablespoon Lemon Zest
3 Tablespoons Lemon Balm (chopped)
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract

Boil the water, ginger, honey, Zest, Lemon Balm and Juice for 8 minutes. 
 
Remove from the heat and strain herbs.  Add Vanilla Extract.  Let cool and Bottle.  Keep Refrigerated

Here are a few ways to use it:

1.  Lemonade: Add 1 Cup Syrup to the Juice of 4 Lemons.
2.  Soda: Add 2 to 3 Tablespoons to 1 Cup Seltzer Water. Stir gently and serve.
3.  Sweeten Iced Tea
4.  Sweeten Hot Tea or Herbal Tea

Printable Ginger Lemon Balm Syrup Recipe
Pumpkin
Syrup
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Cup Pumpkin Puree

2 Cups Brown Sugar

4 Cups Water

4 Teaspoons Ground Cinnamon

2 Teaspoons Ground Ginger

2 Teaspoons Ground Nutmeg

1 Teaspoon Ground Clove

1 Teaspoon Ground Allspice

 

Place all ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil.  Take off the heat and pour into a sterile bottle.  Let cool and store in the refrigerator.  Shake before using.   
If you see a gummy, mucilage like substance don't be alarmed that's created by the Cinnamon.

Some ideas of how to use Pumpkin Syrup:

  1. Pour over ice cream or pancakes.
  2. Make Soda: Add 2 Tablespoons to Cup syrup to 1 Cup Seltzer Water. Stir gently and serve.
  3. Sweeten Coffee or Tea to make Pumpkin Coffee or Pumpkin Tea.  

Printable Pumpkin Syrup Recipe

 

Elderberry Syrup


1 Cup Elderberries, dried
4 Cups Water
4 Coins, inches thick of Fresh Ginger
2 Cinnamon Sticks
4 Whole Cloves
1 Cup Honey

Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Strain out the Herbs and place the syrup in a bottle. Let cool. Standard dose is 1/2 tsp to 1 tsp for kids and 1/2 Tbsp to 1 Tbsp for adults. Keep Refrigerated.

To use the syrups top ice cream, create a soda with 1 TBS and I cup seltzer water, use on pancakes or sweeten tea or coffee

 

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