Simple Syrup is a must-have for anyone who wishes to make cocktails.
It's a staple ingredient
for many popular drinks such as mojitos and old-fashioneds, but really, it's good for any
cocktail that you wish to sweeten.
Most sweeteners of this kind are made from refined and processed sugar, which I'm not a fan of. I prefer using
stevia, a natural sweetener and a healthier alternative to sugar.
You can also use raw honey, however, this tends to congeal if stored improperly. It can also be a bit more
expensive. Plus, some drinks specifically call for the use of syrup so using honey might not be approrpriate.
For those of you who are not familiar with stevia, it's basically a naturally occurring plant native to subtropical and tropical
regions in both North and South America.
Because it has very little, if not negligible effects on the blood glucose level
, it is an attractive
alternative to many, especially those with diabetes and other diseases.
How to Make A Sweetener Using Stevia
**This will make a small bottle of simple syrup. Enough to last you several, if not dozens of drinks. If you need to make more,
simply adjust the ratio. A water to stevia ratio of 4 : 1 is a good rule of thumb to use.
- 4 cups of water
- 1 cup of of stevia powder or crushed stevia leaves
*Note: You can add more or less depending on how sweet you want your sweetener to be
- Bring the water to a boil
- Add the stevia (leaves or powder) to the water
- Mix until dissolved (you can simply steep the leaves)
- Remove from heat
- Let cool
- Pour into a glass bottle and store in fridge