Wednesday, May 13, 2015

orange tarragon syrup . . . a Summer simple syrup

Our little ones gave their teachers Orange Tarragon Syrup last week during Teacher Appreciation Week.

I wanted our kids to give gifts that they could help make . . . and that (I hoped) their teachers would enjoy.

I'm a big fan of infused & flavored simple syrups! Their possibilities are endless . . . and is the best way to sweeten and flavor a beverage.

Since we're fast approaching Summer, I thought we would make a citrus flavored simple syrup . . . and Orange Tarragon is a unique and fun Summer flavor.

Isn't the color stunning!?!

A few of my favorite simple syrups are Vanilla Bean (all year), Gingerbread (in the Winter), and Orange Tarragon, Mint, Blackberry, and Lemon (in the Spring and Summer).

And here are a few amazing lemonades that I love making with flavored syrups . . .

Simple syrups are made the same way, by boiling down water and sugar, and then adding whatever herbs or fruits you choose into a sweet syrup that can liven up any beverage; and is also wonderful spooned over shaved ice, fresh fruit  - and even ice cream.

Summer is fast approaching . . .  and simple syrups are such a  fun way to add an extra special twist to your drinks and dessert menu. 

orange tarragon syrup
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2 cups sugar
1 cup water
4 - 5 oranges, juiced
bunch of fresh tarragon
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Bring 2 cups sugar, 1 cup fresh orange juice, 1 cup cold water, and 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh tarragon leaves to a boil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat, stirring just until sugar dissolves.
Boil 2 minutes. Do not stir.
Remove from heat.
Press through a wire mesh strainer into a bowl, using the back of a spoon to squeeze out liquid; discard solids.
Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
Transfer to a jar; cover and refrigerate up to 3 months.
Makes 2 1/2 cups.

gifting simply syrup
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Pour the syrup into a glass bottle.
Wrap the bottles with a fabric napkin or cloth, and then tie the top with twine and a tag.
Add a bottle of sparkling water to the gift set, along with fresh fruit for garnish. 
In this case, I added a bottle of Orange Sparkling Water and an orange.`

a few more home-made gift ideas . . . 

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  1. I miss lemons and oranges I can't have them anymore ( sad face), I bet this tastes wonderful. Hugs P.S. I hope you will stop by and share at the Thursday favorite Things blog hop ( you can link up tonight through Sat at midnight)

  2. Oh Suzanne!! You have me all excited. Our tarragon came up again this year -- I feared for its demise after a harsh winter-- and now I can make a luscious flavoring. I try to drink as much water as I can throughout the day and I can give it an extra spark with the syrup. Your photos are so beautiful *sigh* they make me want to frame them. Thank you for the great ideas for flavoring -- have a great day!!

  3. The color is beautiful and I wish my students had given me a gift like this! No worries I'll make it along with a few of the others you suggested.

  4. The orange tarragon syrup looks amazing and is so pretty - love the way you wrapped it!!

  5. That sounds lovely. Great for the hot days to cone... Great presentation too!!

  6. One of our favorite teachers is vegan, so I'm always making a mental note of homemade things suitable for her. I LOVE this idea.

  7. P.S. The spring cake photo on your sidebar is AMAZING. Did I miss that post, or has it yet to be published?

  8. I love tarragon, this syrup sounds amazing and what a wonderful gift! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

  9. This sounds amazing! I have a nice herb garden and I'm just asking myself, "why don't I have tarragon?" I think need to change that. Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.

  10. This is another great idea! I'm sure the teachers just loved receiving these - so unique! Thanks for sharing at Talented Tuesday. Hope you join us again this week :)


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