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I love making sous vide simple syrups to use in cocktails and for soda bases. I usually sous vide them at 165°F (74°C) for 1 to 4 hours, but you can use lower temperature for more delicate ingredients.
Syrups are combinations of water and sugar that are used in a variety of drinks from cocktails to sodas. The most basic syrup is simple syrup, which is equal parts white sugar and water that is heated until the sugar dissolves. Using sous vide makes this process very simple.
Placing flavoring agents in the water when making simple syrup allows you to create strongly flavored syrups that are wonderful additions to drinks. Most traditional flavored syrups are infused during the syrup making process but with the sous vide machine you can add the flavors after the syrup has been made or during the process. This technique can be used for both simple syrups and other syrups like maple or agave syrup.
These syrups can be used as a sweetener for cocktails and drinks or for the base of sodas like root beer, ginger ale, or a sarsaparilla syrup infusion. I also go into more detail about different types in my article on non-sous vide infused simple syrups.
Most infused simple syrups follow the normal sous vide infusion process, though I usually tweak it a little bit.
Sous vide simple syrups are a breeze to make, just combine sugar, water, and the flavoring agents in a sous vide bag or Mason jar and cook for a few hours at 131°F (55°C) or higher. Or if the syrup is pre-made, just add it whole.
The end result is a flavorful infused simple syrup that is great in drinks. The higher the temperature used, the faster the sugar is dissolved so I usually use 165°F (74°C) as sugar readily dissolves at that temperature but you can use a lower temperature if you want more nuanced flavors.
Sometimes giving it a shake during the sous vide process will help the sugar dissolve more readily.
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