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Lemon Simple Syrup

Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

 

Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 55 mins
Yield Makes 4 jars
Add Lemon Simple Syrup to your favorite gin, vodka, or bourbon cocktails--or add the syrup to iced tea or lemonade.

Ingredients

  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 lemons, sliced

How to Make It

  1. Split vanilla bean; scrape seeds into a saucepan; place bean in pan. Add sugar, water, and lemon slices. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard solids. Cool completely. Pour mixture into 4 (8-oz.) jars. Cover with lids. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

  2. TO USE THE SYRUP: Add to gin, vodka, or bourbon cocktails; iced tea; or lemonade.

  3. PACKAGE IN: Cork Boston Glass Bottle ($12; specialtybottle.com)