People underestimate how simple (HA!) it is to make an infused simple syrup. Seriously, like 5 minutes. And while I often gravitate toward herbs such as basil or rosemary, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of making a green cardamom simple syrup for a while.
I saw a recipe for a grapefruit cardamom gin cocktail that really got me thinking, though it required me to infuse the gin with cardamom which…that’s a bigger commitment.
So I went the simple syrup route instead, and I think you’ll love it!
I love adding a splash of this to my best ever iced coffee, including a little of it in glazes for baked goods, and it elevates a number of amazing gin cocktails.
So to kick this off, you want to break open the cardamom pods. I simply set them on a cutting board and crush them open using the flat of a large chef’s knife.
Making the simple syrup is so easy it’s ridiculous. Just add water and sugar to a saucepan and turn the burner on medium-high. Stir until the sugar dissolves, and add the cardamom pods and little black seeds (it doesn’t really matter when, I usually wait til the sugar is dissolved).
Keep stirring until it *just* comes to a (gentle) boil. Once the bubbles start coming up indicating it’s starting to boil, remove it from the heat. Let it sit for about half an hour to steep and cool.
The last step is just to strain out the cardamom pods and seeds (I use a tiny mesh strainer), pour into a container, and refrigerate. It should last a few weeks in the fridge (though I’ll be honest…it’s been in mine well over a month now).
Other interesting cocktail flavors you’ll love:
- Easy Rosemary Simple Syrup
- Bohemian Cocktail (Gin, Elderflower, & Grapefruit)
- Basil Gin Gimlet Cocktail
- A Different Take on Poinsettia Punch (Berry, Lemon, Spice, & Gin)