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
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)
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.