There are a few good things about spring and summer. More than a few, really. Fresh corn and Hanover tomatoes, for example.
One of the things that kicks off the warm weather months for us here at Leviner Wood Custom Tailors and Shirtmakers is the Run for the Roses. Derby Day. Otherwise known as the beginning of Mint Julep season. Yup. Gone are the days when we’d no sooner put ice in our bourbon than pink bunny ears on our dogs for the Easter Parade. These days, we like cold beverages. So mix up a batch of simple syrup with us and get ready for the summer. Oh, it’s also a great base for those other summer staples: sweet tea and fresh squeezed lemonade.
1 cup white sugar
1 cup water
Combine and boil until sugar is dissolved. Bottle and keep in the refrigerator for up to three weeks. A little vodka (a tablespoon) can be added to keep it from crystallising. If you’d like to flavor the syrup, boil with orange. lemon or lime slices. Fresh herbs like basil, rosemary and thyme or a one inch chunk of fresh ginger also make interesting variations.
The sterling julep cup is optional, but does keep the drink very cold. So do Tervis Tumblers, which don’t ding when you drop your third drink when you hit the trifecta.