Apple Cider Simple Syrup

It recently occurred to me that it's possible to make simple syrup out of just about any liquid. I don't mean by infusing the sugar and water with flavors, but actually replacing the water with another liquid.

Hence, this Apple Cider Simple Syrup.

Regular simple syrup is made combining equal parts water and sugar, then simmering on the stove until reduced into a thin syrup. It's key for sweetening drinks like lemonade or cocktails, so that you don't end up with grainy sugar at the bottom.

To make this Apple Cider Simple Syrup, I combined fresh Apple Cider and sugar (not quite equal parts since the cider already has plenty of natural sugars), and created a lovely, golden syrup that's fantastic in cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages.

It's also great for drizzling on fresh fruit or plain cakes (like pound cake)! I bet this would work on pancakes, too!

A stick of cinnamon added to the pot gives it an extra dash of autumn flavor.

I especially love this syrup in my Double Apple Spritzer Cocktails, but am also experimenting with it in other fun ways.

How would you use this syrup?

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Apple Cider Simple Syrup
Makes about 1 cup

Ingredients
2 cups apple cider
1 1/2 cups granulated white sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 pinch kosher salt (optional, but adds a nice balance to the syrup)

Directions
Combine apple cider, sugar, cinnamon stick, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer until syrup is reduced by about half (about 20 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool completely. Store in a closed jar or container in the refrigerator.


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