Turning Sale into Syrup

blackberry-mint syrup

I come from a long, proud line of compulsive sale shoppers. Because I live in a 750-square-foot apartment, I simply don’t have the room to indulge my sale fetish as much as I could (unlike, say, my grandfather who would regularly send me home with cases of soda or several boxes of cereal he’d bought on sale and had tucked away) but I did recently buy a pound of strawberries and two pints of blackberries which were going cheap at the supermarket.

It didn’t seem like a lot of fruit at the time… until it started to languish in the fridge. It got to a point where it was not exactly at its peak of freshness, but not really compost scraps yet either. I also had a pile of fresh mint that appeared to be headed down the same road and I knew there had to be a way to combine the two.

I had taken this month’s Martha Stewart Living (whose usual purpose is to remind me anew each month how much domestic shit I will never, ever manage to do) to the park with me one afternoon, and there it was: a recipe for fruit syrup. Using that as a general guide, I came up with this:

Blackberry-mint syrup

Combine 3 cups berries with 1/4 cup water and 1 cup of sugar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for at least 10 minutes (or longer if you want a thicker syrup). As it simmers, crush berries with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Once syrup is the consistency you want, turn off the heat and add 2-3 sprigs of mint, then let cool. Use a mesh strainer to strain out the seeds and pulp. Makes about 2 cups.

Although it’s runnier than honey, it’s about the same level of sweetness, and I’ve been using it in place of honey in a number of things — tea, yogurt, etc. — but my favorite use has to be combining a couple tablespoons of syrup with some ice and seltzer.

syrup + seltzer = soda

Oh yeah. Summer can not get here soon enough.

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5 thoughts on “Turning Sale into Syrup

  1. This sounds delicious! I could also see involving some vodka with that ice and seltzer. Regarding Martha and her ability to remind us all of how much domestic shit we will never, ever manage to do, remember this one thing: She has staff.

  2. I just tried this with some strawberries I picked up today. Added the result to lemonade – delicious! Thanks.

  3. I always feel like I should be cooler about it when someone makes a recipe I’ve posted, but in truth, I’m always thrilled to hear it. So, yay!

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