I have so much respect for anyone who starts their own business. To come up with a product or idea, test it, market it, send it out into the world – it’s exciting and scary, exhausting and exhilarating. Which is why I was so excited when my blogging buddy Heidi from Young Grasshopper told me that her and business partner Barbie were starting their own line of simple syrups, adorably called Not So Simple Syrup. A lover of cocktails and homemade simple syrups, Heidi sought to create an all-natural product in wonderful flavors that could be sold nationwide. After jumping through all the hoops required for selling food products (i.e. FDA approval), Not So Simple Syrup is almost ready to make a splash in the market.
Heidi has graciously offered to send one lucky winner a gorgeous gift basket, including two bit bottles of surprise flavors of simple syrup (like blackberry, strawberry, mint, or lemon), two glasses, a muddler, and a bar towel complete with a cocktail recipe. Be one of the first to taste Not So Simple Syrup – I’ve tried mint, lemon, blackberry, and strawberry and they all liven up cocktails as well as homemade soda.
I love cocktails and have played around plenty with homemade simple syrups and mixology. But as I set out to create a recipe using these delightful syrups on a beautiful Fall morning, I wanted something light, refreshing, and, well, non-alcoholic. Which is when I realized that these syrups could be used for lots more than cocktails.
My husband is obsessed with seltzer and we’ve had a Soda Stream since long before they became popular. But I haven’t really experimented that much with homemade sodas. This gave me the perfect impetus, and the result was exactly what I was after – a bubbly, refreshing daytime drink. Beyond homemade soda, you can also drizzle the simple syrups over ice cream or cake (how good does a semolina cake drizzled with blackberry syrup sound?!). And, of course, they’re the perfect addition to cocktails.
- ¼ cup Not So Simple Syrup (lemon, blackberry, or strawberry)
- 1 cup seltzer
- Berries or sliced citrus for garnish (optional)
- Fill a glass with ice. Pour in the simple syrup, then the seltzer, and stir to thoroughly combine.
- Add berries or sliced orange or lemon if you wish. Serve immediately.
Also, this giveaway is perfectly timed as it happens to be my blogiversary! I started this blog in September, 2010 and it’s hard to believe that it’s been three years.