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.
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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