dyed simple syrup

Thoughts of Easter and spring flooded my weekend so I whipped up these simple syrups as a festive alternative to dying eggs (because how many hard boiled eggs can one honestly eat?). They are just as pretty and a bit more original. Use the syrups to flavor drinks and coffees on a warm spring day or give them as brunch favors with a simple tag and a length of velvet ribbon attached.

Simple syrup is very easy to make: Boil one cup of water and add in two cups of sugar. Stir until dissolved and then take off burner to cool. For the dyed syrups mix in about 1/4 cup of the food accent at the boiling stage and allow to fully cool. Strain the excess or leave in for appearance. My dye selections included, orange zest, mint, crushed strawberries, prickly pear and vanilla. Once fully cooled, bottle the syrups individually. One mixture will make 6-7 small bottles.

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Posted March 12, 2012
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14 Responses to “dyed simple syrup”

  1. What perfectly Spring colors, Victoria!! LOVE it!

  2. Sandra says:

    Now THAT is a great idea. Thinking that the mint one would be a great addition to a mohito….and other summer-y drinks! BBQ time coming soon…

  3. Jenna says:

    I love this idea, and I love that you use food for the coloring…I’m not a huge fan of artificial food coloring.

  4. Lena says:

    Lovely and delicious? I’m in!

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  6. Vanessa says:

    I love this idea. And the jars are adorable!

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  9. Genevieve says:

    Oooh these look so easy to make and would make such pretty presents!

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