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. Anonymous1:38 AM

    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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