Homemade Strawberry Vanilla Syrup Recipe
You can make a fruit syrup with just about any kind of fruit, but strawberries are one of the jewels of the spring season.
You can use this homemade syrup in sodas and cocktails.
Yield: 3 pint jars
3 pints strawberries, washed and hulled
3⁄4 cup water
1⁄2 lemon, just the juice
3⁄4 cup sugar
1⁄2 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
Cook the strawberries with the water and lemon juice over medium heat until they are soft.
Purée the warm berries and strain through a wire mesh strainer to remove the seeds.
Return the purée to your cleaned pan and add the sugar and vanilla seeds.
Cook the mixture over medium heat until it is thickened, stirring frequently to avoid burning.
Fill hot jars with syrup, cool, and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month, or prepare canning jars and process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes.
To serve, fill a glass with a shot (11⁄2 to 2 oz) of syrup, torn mint leaves, and top with seltzer or prosecco.
Stir to combine and enjoy!