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.