The Ultimate Simple-Syrups Cheat Sheet. 50 fail-safe formulas for simplifying syrups. Sweetness. It’s one of our four main tastes (yes, five if you count umami), and it’s a key component to any good drink, helping balance acid, bitterness and even booze. Want to spice up a soda with a little cardamom or clove? Need a simple syrup for a Mint Julep? It's all here.
A few years ago, Keith and I went to a craft cocktail bar in Seattle. We asked our server what we should order, with the caveat that it not be very sweet. “I don’t know,” she said, “I like my cocktails to taste like sugar.” I like my cocktails to taste like alcohol. The good...Read More »