This 3-Ingredient Shrub Syrup Makes the Most Refreshing Summer DrinksRecipes
Have you ever sipped a shrub? Not the bush out in your front lawn, but a fruit syrup, preserved with vinegar and mixed with water or alcohol to make a tangy, refreshing beverage. An old-fashioned favorite, shrubs have steadily made a comeback in the last several years — especially on cocktail menus — but they aren’t solely the province of mixologists.
Jun 11, 2024
This 2-Ingredient Rhubarb Simple Syrup Is the Perfect Cocktail UpgradeRecipes
It’s rhubarb season and no doubt everyone is making rhubarb pie! But there are many other things you can do with rhubarb: relishes, chutneys, and jammy compotes; sauces both sweet and savory, and rhubarb desserts like ice cream and sorbets. The list is endless, but one of my favorite things to make when rhubarb is plentiful is this lovely, pink-hued rhubarb syrup. Here’s how to make it.
May 16, 2024
This 2-Ingredient Simple Syrup Will Elevate All of Your CocktailsRecipes
When I first started learning how to make cocktails at home, I had no idea people made their own simple syrup. I was the person who went to the store to buy a bottle of what I later learned to be sugar water. That’s right — sugar dissolved in water. Simple syrup is an essential ingredient in cocktails and other beverages like iced coffee because it blends so well with other liquids, and it’s super easy to make yourself — we promise.
Apr 10, 2024
This 3-ingredient Ginger Syrup Is the Secret to Better Cocktails Recipes
This spicy-sweet syrup is perfect for cocktails, mocktails, or even drizzling over fruit salad.
Oct 28, 2021
For the Best-Ever Coffee, Make This 3-Ingredient Vanilla Syrup Recipes
You'll want it in your fridge at all times.
Oct 22, 2021
This Starbucks-Inspired Ingredient Is the Secret to Better Iced CoffeeRecipes
It couldn't be easier to make at home.
Oct 8, 2021
I Tried the Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup from TikTok and It’s Better than Starbucks
Recipe Review
Live PSL season to its fullest.
Sep 28, 2021
Recipe: Cider-Chai SyrupRecipes
Apples and chai spices are a likely combination and work gloriously, especially when enjoyed in front of a fire. Add 2 tablespoons to a cup 
of boiled water for a drink that warms you. Add 1 tablespoon whiskey for a makeshift hot toddy that also warms you — perhaps even a bit more. Process these jars in a water bath to preserve the goodness for gifting all year.
Jan 29, 2020
Homesteaders’ Cocktail Recipe: Lovage Simple SyrupRecipes
I spent the Memorial Day weekend with my friend Joe Yonan up in Maine where he is taking a year off from his role as Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post to work on a book about vegetables and live on his sister and brother-in-law’s homestead. He’s growing his own produce, fetching eggs in the morning from his small gaggle of hens, and living as much as possible off the land.
May 2, 2019
Recipe: Strawberry SyrupRecipes
With BBQs and the season of outdoor entertaining upon us, don’t get caught empty-handed heading into your next get-together. When a bottle of wine won’t do, try making your own hostess gift! At the peak of strawberry season, turn a basket of these juicy gems into some DIY strawberry syrup to gift to friends and family. An edible gift is one of the most practical yet personal items worth sharing.
May 1, 2019
Recipe: Cherry-Vanilla Soda SyrupRecipes
This syrup was inspired by a drink at Vena’s Fizz House in Portland, Maine, which is an amazing emporium of handcrafted cocktails and mocktails made with in-house syrups and bitters. Made with just a few ingredients, this is the cherry soda you’ve always dreamed of, with just a hint of velvety oomph from a whole vanilla bean. Stir it into plain seltzer for a just-sweet-enough soda, or go crazy and make homemade Cherry Coke (or Pepsi, if that’s your thing).
May 1, 2019
Summer Recipe: Sweet Cherry Syrup (No Cherry Pitter Required!)Recipes
A handful of sweet, juicy cherries epitomizes great summer eating but sometimes that dark, sweet flavor needs to be shared, needs a friend, needs to mingle. Cherries and lime? Friends. Cherries and shaved ice? Best buds. Do I even need to mention how close cherries and bourbon are? That’s why it’s best to take at least a pound or two and reduce them to their purest form.
Aug 14, 2013
Purple Power: Cool Ways to Use Pomegranate JuiceSkills
Pomegranate juice is so tart that it makes our mouths pucker just thinking about it. We’ve also stained more than one shirt with an errant splash of the stuff. So why do we keep it around? Because there’s just so much it can do!It’s a little hard to write this post without coming off sounding like an ad for POM, but their pomegranate juice is one of the most widely available products in stores. POM can also be credited for making the juice mainstream.
Aug 6, 2010
Recipe: Lemon Verbena Simple SyrupRecipes
Lemon verbena is one of our favorite herbs. It’s a tall, spare, long-leafed plant with slender leaves and a fragrance to die for. It’s not hard to capture that fragrance in a simple syrup.We grow lemon verbena out on the patio; we clip the top leaves regularly and so far it’s doing beautifully.This simple syrup is a snap to make.
May 26, 2008