Sugarplum Soda Syrup

Visons of sugarplums dance in our heads, sparkle in soda water and shine in festive cocktails. Tie a gift tag with serving instructions[ around the neck of the bottle, and maybe another with a recipe for a grown-up drink. The syrup brings a ton of holiday cheer to a vodka martini.]

Total Time:
1 hr 10 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
30 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
2 cups
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 a whole nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Purple food coloring, as desired
Directions
  • Combine the raisins, sugar, apricots, dates, honey, cardamom, cinnamon stick and nutmeg in 2 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the mixture reduces to a thin syrup, about 20 minutes.

  • Slowly pour the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer, gently pressing on the fruit to extract all the syrup. Discard the solids. Stir in the almond extract. Add the food coloring a drop at a time until the desired shade is reached. Allow the soda syrup to cool completely before bottling, about 30 minutes.

  • Suggestion for use: Fill a glass with 8 ounces of cold seltzer water, then add 2 tablespoons soda syrup and stir gently (feel free to add more or less syrup to taste). Garnish with an orange slice.


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