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What's Simple Syrups & How To Use Them?

Friday, July 30, 2021 7:44 PM

I was personaly intrigued when I first heard about simple syrups. Why do we call it simple? What makes them so special compared to regular syrups? Turns out the answer is a lot more simple than I would of imagined!

So what does it mean? To sum it up, a simple syrup is a liquid sweetener made by dissolving sugar in water. That’s it! Now the question remains, what do you use it for? Since this sugar is already in the form of liquid, it’s easier to blend throughout beverages of any temperature. For examples, it’s great to use in cocktails & gins, coffees & teas as well as baked goods! Plus, the ones we carry from Garden Bar NB can last 6 months if stored properly (we suggest in the fridge)

Now that you know why it exists and its purpose, we have combined a few non-alcoholic recipes (to view alcoholic recipes, click here) below from the maker herself (ps. read her story here!). From drinks to baked goods, there’s so many possibilities. Of course, these are a few ideas, but we definitely suggest trying and go wild with the possibilities. 

Lemon Lavender Loaf Cake

Garden Bar NB - Lavender Lemon Loaf - The Acorn Studio

To make this cake you will need:

  • 1/2 cup butter, salted, or unsalted, at room temperature
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp lemon zest, from about 1 large lemon
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp table salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/3 cup sour cream, removed from fridge 15 minutes before using

To make the glaze you will need:


  • Preheat oven to 325 F. Spray an 8x4-inch loaf pan with baking spray and line with a piece of parchment paper that covers the bottom and long sides, with an inch or so extending past the top of the pan.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter with the sugar at medium speed until light coloured and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat in well after each addition, scraping down the sides of the bowl, as needed. Beat in the lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together well the flour, salt, baking soda and baking powder. With mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the sour cream, starting with 1/3 of the flour, 1/2 of the sour cream, 1/3 of the flour, last of the sour cream, then finally the last of the flour.
  • Scrape into the loaf pan and gently shake to even out the batter. Bake in preheated oven for 55-60 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then run a knife along the short ends and use the parchment paper edges to lift and remove from pan. Allow to cool on a cooling rack.
  • While loaf is still a little warm, prepare the glaze by stirring together all the glaze ingredients in a small bowl, adding enough Garden Bar Lavender Simple Syrup to make a pourable glaze. Place a baking tray under the cooling rack to catch any drips and spoon glaze slowly over top of loaf, allowing it to drip down the sides a bit. Cool completely, then slice and enjoy.

Lavender Lemonade

The first and easiest is to:

Just add 1/2 oz. of Garden Bar Lavender Simple Syrup to store-bought lemonade with a splash of water and ice.

The second is to make your own lemonade

You will need:

1 cups white sugar
8 cups water
1 ½ cups lemon juice

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled

Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled sugar mixture, lemon juice, remaining 7 cups water and 1/2 cup of Garden Bar Lavender Simple Syrup.

Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade

To create it you will need:

1 oz of Garden Bar Blueberry Simple Syrup
1 Lemon (juiced)
1/2 cup Sparkling Water

Add all the ingredients together and enjoy!

(If you are making more and plan to save it for later, leave the sparkling water out of it until you are read to serve)

Vanilla Latte

For a Vanilla Latte you will need:

  1. Brewed Coffee (however you like it)
  2. Milk (whichever is your favourite)
  3. 1/2 oz. - 1 oz. Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup

You simply brew your coffee as desired, add your syrup and add your (frothed) milk. The beauty of this recipe is that you can tailor it exactly to your needs!

Tip: Try adding in some ice for a great summery treat!

Looking for alcoholic recipes? 

View this other post for a couple awesome drinks ideas!