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Lemon Simple Syrup

Add Lemon Simple Syrup to your favorite gin, vodka, or bourbon cocktails--or add the syrup to iced tea or lemonade.

Southern Living DECEMBER 2013

  • Yield: Makes 4 jars
  • Hands-on:15 Minutes
  • Total:55 Minutes


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


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.

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

PACKAGE IN: Cork Boston Glass Bottle ($2.12; specialtybottle.com)


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