Amp up your average simple syrup with your favorite farmer’s market fruits.
Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of your local farmer’s market. The smells are incredible. The fresh flowers, bread, and the fruit especially are overwhelming. Farmer’s market fruit is great on its own, but it also makes for a great ingredient in many recipes, especially drinks.
Smoothies are probably the drink most commonly associated with fruit. It’s so easy to just drop fruit and ice into a blender. That being said, there’s a recipe even easier to pull off than a smoothie: simple syrup.
Simple syrup gets its name for a reason, and it’s a great way to add to a drink, no matter your bartending experience. Add your favorite farmer’s market fruit to elevate simple syrup, and make some refreshing summer drinks.
- Summer fruit of choice
- Pour equal parts sugar and water into a pot. Bring to a boil.
- Let simmer until the sugar dissolves.
- Add your summer fruit of choice and stir.
- Strain the syrup into any container and keep cool. Simple syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Strawberries are in the height of their season in July. That will be pretty obvious when you walk down the rows at the farmer’s market and are drawn in by the baskets full of the plump, sweet, fruit.
Your homemade strawberry simple syrup would go great in any rum based cocktail, or even in a glass of lemonade.
The Kitchn has two great ways to use your strawberry simple syrup, in a strawberry mojito and in a strawberry ice cream float.
Blackberries might be the most underrated summer fruit on the list. They may have a reputation for being tart on the palate, but in July and August when blackberries are in prime season, you won’t be able to stop eating them.
Blackberry gin and tonic sounds like the perfect refreshing drink to pour after a long, hard day. Serious Eats has the recipe, and now you’ve got the simple syrup.
Blueberries are often a staple in smoothies because of their beautiful color and sweet taste. That beautiful color makes a great addition to simple syrup.
The syrup will make any clear alcohol look majestic, and a lemon slice on the side of the glass will elevate your drink to the next level. Don’t waste time in July and August, make sure you stock up on blueberries every week to get the most out of them while they’re in peak season.
Bon Appétit has a blueberry smash recipe that is a great way to show off your favorite farmer’s market treat.
Peach season is on an upward climb. Each week at the farmer’s market, the peaches will get better and better. August is the best time to get your hands on a basket of peaches, so make sure you don’t waste the opportunity.
Peach simple syrup would pair nicely with a bourbon based drink. You can also skip the Starbucks line and make your own peach green tea lemonade at home with your fresh peach simple syrup.
If you’re trying to go even further with your drink, add some ginger simple syrup from Liber & Co. A bit of ginger flavor will bring out the sweetness of the peach even more, adding another depth of flavor to your drink.
And if you can’t make up your mind on what kind of drink to make with your peach simple syrup, Delish has 20 recipes for you to choose from.
Raspberries begin their climb to prime season around August and veer off towards the end of September.
Thankfully while we wait for prime raspberry season at the farmer’s market, Royal Rose has raspberry simple syrup made from organic raspberries, filtered water, and fair-trade organic sugar.
My Recipes has a Raspberry Beer Cocktail that shows off the sweet flavor of raspberries. It also goes above and beyond with the cool refreshing taste of beer.
Cold, refreshing drinks are meant to be enjoyed in the midst of hot summer days. Using fresh fruit in prime season is an excellent way to get the most out of your summer. So head over to your local farmer’s market and pour some water and sugar in a pan on the stove, and make the most out of summer fruits in prime season.