Basic Simple Syrup Add 1 cup (235 ml) of boiling water to 1 cup (200 g) of bar sugar or caster sugar and mix until sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture cool. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a month.

Berry Vodka Infusion Place 1 cup (145 g) of elderberries in 1/2 cup (120 ml) of blackberry brandy. Add 6 ounces (175 ml) of vodka and combine well. Cover with plastic wrap. Keep the mixture in the refrigerator for 2 days, then puree the mixture in a blender or food processor, and strain it through cheesecloth. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container: It’ll last for months.

Blueberry Simple Syrup Simply puree 1 pint (300 g) of blueberries (preferably Maine wild blueberries, if you can get them), then sweeten ...

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