I’ve been drinking watermelon…
Momma we made it! This is the conclusion of my “Bey Bites” series. Over the last few days I recapped my FIRST DIY class and provided the recipe to “In My Bag” Spicy Red Bean Dip which was a success. Yesterday was all about “Survivor” Salted Caramel Brownies that were so easy to make Blu Ivy could so it. When I say Blu can do it I really mean her nanny because Blu is rich. Another SMASH hit at “Cuz I Slay: A DIY Embroidery Class Inspired By Beyonce” was my “Surftboardt” Watermelon and Mint Simple Syrup.
Creating simple syrup is pretty simple (pun intended) 1 part sugar, 1 part water, simmer on medium heat until sugar is dissolved and Tah Da! You now have syrup that you can put in your favorite beverage or dessert. By using a SodaStream machine and homemade simple syrup you can even make your own soda! I have the SodaStream Source because it looks pretty on my New York microscopic countertop. Now you know the basics of creating simple syrup what if you want add a bit of flavor to it?
Infusing simple syrup is pretty straightforward. Just add the fruit or herbs of choice to your sugar and water mixture and let it simmer as well. The options are really endless. Some of my simple syrup faves are cilantro, jalapeno and strawberry!
(L-R) “Surfboardt” (Watermelon and mint) “Deja Vu” (Lime Basil) *Note this flavor is from SodaStream* and “Cater 2 U” (Strawberry).
I really do love “DIY Bars” it is like the Build-A-Bear of customer service. It is almost impossible for you not to like the result if you made it yourself.
When life gives you lemons make customized lemonade! Use these recipes with my FREE Mixology Guide great for your own home entertaining!
- 1 Cup sugar
- 2 Tablespoons fresh or dried mint leaves
- 1 Teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
- 1 Cup water
- 2 Cups cubed watermelon
- In a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, watermelon cubes, mint, ginger, and water over medium high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to simmer for 5 to 7 minutes then remove from heat. Let the mixture steep 30 minutes before straining through a fine sieve. Chill the syrup. To serve, drizzle the chilled syrup in your favorite beverage or dessert.