Citrus season could also be over, however lemons and limes persist. Each fruits are extensively used so as to add slightly (or lots) of acid to dishes and drinks, and each, as soon as juiced, go away behind a shell of pith and zest. You may compost the spent rinds, or freeze and zest them later…or you’ll be able to mix them with water and use the liquid to make a syrup.
In case you’re a frequent cocktail, candy tea, or lemonade drinker, I counsel you make the syrup. Personal chef and TikTok consumer Veronica Eiken (@chefv707) can stroll you thru her course of, however you don’t want to make use of her precise ratios. Within the video above, she provides an unspecified variety of lime rinds to a blender together with three cups of water. She pulses the combination 3 times, then strains the liquid right into a pot, provides three cups of sugar, and heats the entire shebang over low warmth till the sugar dissolves.
I solely had two citrus peels—one Meyer lemon and one standard—so I couldn’t use the precise ratios really useful by Eiken. Fortunately, it’s fairly simple to eyeball and get the correct quantity of water.
Begin by including your rinds to a blender. In the event that they’re giant, lower them into halves or quarters. Subsequent, add sufficient water to nearly cowl the rinds. They need to be principally coated, with some items protruding above the waterline. Hold monitor of how a lot water you add, as the quantity of sugar you add will fluctuate based mostly on it.
Pulse the combination for 3 times, or mix for a few seconds. Pressure the liquid right into a pot, and add some sugar—you can use white or brown, whichever you want. (I used a mix as a result of I ran out of white.)
If you wish to make a easy syrup, add the identical quantity of sugar (by quantity) as the quantity of water you added earlier. If you would like one thing thicker, you’ll be able to add twice the sugar, however doing so could obscure the flavour you extracted from the citrus. Both method, heat over low till the sugar is simply dissolved, then let cool and pressure (as soon as once more) into bottles or jars.
The ensuing syrup will style candy and citrusy, two of my favourite flavors. You may brush your syrup over desserts or drizzle it over ice cream, however it actually sings in an icy chilly beverage. Add it a margarita for a brilliant citrusy marg, or make a supercharged lemonade. If nothing else, channel those TikTok girlies and add it to your water bar. A water bar is nothing with out an ample library of syrups.