Photos from a batch of flavored simple syrup I made this week:
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This Hop Sun shandy is a mix of beer and citrus with soda that’s light and refreshing for these summer days:
Each and every summer we get the brewery’s popular seasonal, Hop Sun — a summer wheat ale.
About This Drink:
Shandies and Radlers have become quite popular in the past few years. It seems like every summer there’s new flavors and brands on the market. With Hop Sun on tap, we started adding in fresh-squeezed lemon juice and some liqueur to the beer for our basic and delicious house shandy.
- .5 oz lemon juice
- .5 oz simple syrup
- .5 oz orange juice
- .5 oz Domaine de Canton
- 10 oz Hop Sun
- 4 oz Sierra Mist
- Citrus garnish
Add the citrus and simple syrup into an empty pint glass with the Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur. Next add 8 to 10 oz of Hop Sun and then top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a lemon, lime or orange wedge — or all three.
ABOUT HOP SUN
Style: American Wheat Ale
Brewed Since: 2004
Fermentation: Ale yeast, one variety of hops, three types of malts
Color: Straw, light honey
Effervescence: Crisp, moderately carbonated
Nose: Bready wheat, light hop aroma, lemon rind, pine.
Flavor: Balance of malts and hops, pleasantly bitter finish, light sweetness from wheat.
Body: Light, refreshing
Serving Temperature: 45-50°F
Glass: Weizen glass, pint glass, mug
Here’s a photo of a Disaronno Sour that I was tagged in earlier tonight:
The recipe’s a simple one, but just make sure to use fresh-squeezed lemon juice! It makes all the difference!
About This Cocktail:
A classic amaretto sour made with Disaronno.
•2 oz amaretto
•1/2 oz simple syrup
•1/2 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Shake all ingredients over ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass — or strain over new ice into an Old Fashioned glass. garnish with a lemon twist.
By Friday afternoon I had finally finished experimenting with a homemade coconut mixer for cocktails — and these are a few of the drinks I made with it:
This Blue Hawaiian came out a little more sea foam green than I hoped it would, but maybe that was because of the milky-white color of the coconut mixer.
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MAKING COCONUT MIXER
The mix I settled on was a simple syrup of sorts, but less than the usual 1:1 recipe. I made the syrup with four parts coconut water and one part coconut milk — and half the amount of sugar it usually takes to make a simple syrup.
Then, once the syrup had cooled, I blended it with shredded coconut flakes and strained out the solids.
I did use sweetened coconut flakes, though I’m sure that using non-sweetened flakes would make a perfectly fine mixer too. I don’t have any set ratios as to what made the perfect final product. It was just more of a guessing game as I alternately sweetened and diluted the mix.
Another day, another coconut experiment!
Today I blended coconut flakes into a simple syrup which I made with coconut water and a small amount of coconut milk:
So that’s a mini-mason jar filled with sweetened coconut flakes in the foreground of the above picture.
And here’s another pic of the mix — blended coconut water, sugar, coconut flakes and a small amount of coconut milk: