Everybody's growing their own. There are beehives on Brooklyn rooftops and micro-green gardens in Portland windowsills. Everywhere you turn, things are house cured and handmade; even your mother just opened an Etsy shop. Why not incorporate some of this small batch goodness into your home bar set-up? Sure, you could do that by sticking to goods made in your own zip code, or you could embrace the DIY ethic and concoct your own ingredients altogether.
For your next cocktail hour, skip the bottled ingredients and try your hand at some of these homemade mixers, sweeteners, and liqueurs.
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon drops orange-flower water
1. Warm pomegranate juice in a saucepan over medium heat just until it barely starts to bubble -- do not allow it to boil. Remove from burner.
2. Stir in the sugar until the mixture turns clear.
3. Stir in lemon juice and orange-flower water. Let the syrup cool, then bottle and refrigerate.
Combine one cup of water and two cups of sugar in a medium saucepan. Heat to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and stir until sugar has full dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool, refrigerate in an air-tight container.
Rose Water Syrup
2 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Water
1/2 cup Rose water
Brring the water to a boil, add sugar and stir until dissolved. Stir in rose water and remove from heat. Allow the mixture to cool, refrigerate in an air-tight container.
1 oz Lemon juice
1/2 oz Lime juice
1 oz Sugar
2 oz Water
Combine lemon and lime juice with sugar; stir until full the sugar is fully dissolved and incorporated.
(aka homemade Kahlua)
4 cups Water
4 cups Sugar
1/2 cup Instant coffee
1 quart vodka
1 vanilla bean, sliced in half.
Place water and sugar in a medium saucepan over high heat, boil until dissolved. Stir in instant coffee. Remove from heat. Add vodka and vanilla bean. Pour into individual bottles and leave in a dark place (a closet works nicely) for three weeks.