Fruit Beer Syrup
When using beer to make syrup try a fruit beer—a great choice as it already has lots of flavour built in. There are many different styles of fruit beer with varying degrees of sweetness and hopping. Therefore you’ll need to consider what ingredients are complementary to the fruit used in the beer. If it is made with pumpkin, try using baking spices, or if it’s made with berries or cherries, try some cardamom or ginger. Sweetness levels in beer can vary greatly, so using honey as a sweetener rather than sugar gives flexibility. This way you can adjust the final sweetness level by adding a little more, if needed. Just remember to allow the syrup to cool before adjusting.
In a Cocktail
The vibrant colour and aroma make this syrup excellent for ginbased cocktails. Pour the gin and a drizzle of syrup over ice and top with some sparkling lemonade— or iced tea and a splash of soda.
Use this syrup to elevate a humble pie made from berries or stone fruits such as peach or apricot. It’s also perfect simply drizzled over lemon sorbet with fresh raspberries.
This syrup has similarities to pomegranate syrup and rosewater, making it a natural fit for Persian food. It makes a great companion for cumin-dusted lamb. Drizzle it over the cooked meat and top with a sprinkling of crushed pistachios or almonds for a touch of luxury.