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Summer Drinks By Offbeat + Inspired

A Refreshing Treat

PHOTOS + RECIPES BY SARAH OF OFFBEAT + INSPIRED

It’s that time of year when stepping outside feels like you’re walking into a sauna. I find myself counting down the days until cooler temperatures arrive, but I know those days are still far off.

I figure it’s not worth holding onto a “grass is always greener” mentality when it comes to weather in Chicago. After all, spending my summer days wishing for fall will only come back to haunt me when I turn into a human icicle come winter.

If we’re going to embrace the heat and humidity, ice-cold beverages are a must. I love creating homemade sweeteners to add a unique twist to basic summer drinks. After I started playing around with flavor-infused simple syrup recipes last summer, I became obsessed. The combinations are endless.

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Strawberry-Thyme Simple SyrupPHOTO: Offbeat + Inspired
Strawberry Thyme Simple Syrup
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 6-7 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 6-7 strawberries, hulled and halved
  • Additional thyme and strawberries to garnish beverage
Instructions
  1. Add sugar, water, thyme and strawberries to a small saucepan.
  2. Turn heat to low and stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Simmer an additional 5-7 minutes to reduce mixture.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool. If you prefer a smoother drink, strain out the fruit and thyme.

Simple Syrups

Mix these simple syrups with iced tea, lemonade, or sparkling water to create a variety of drinks. Why not try Strawberry-Thyme Lemonade, Peach-Basil Iced Tea, or Honey-Rosemary Spritzers? Check out Offbeat + Inspired for recipes for homemade lemonade and iced tea recipes.

Peach-Basil Simple SyrupPHOTO: Offbeat + Inspired
Peach Basil Simple Syrup
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 10-12 fresh basil leaves
  • 1 peach, sliced
  • Additional basil leaves and peach slices to garnish beverage
Instructions
  1. Add sugar, water, basil and peach slices to a small saucepan.
  2. Turn heat to low and stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Simmer an additional 5-7 minutes to reduce mixture.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool. If you prefer a smoother drink, strain out the fruit and basil.

Honey-Rosemary Simple SyrupPHOTO: Offbeat + Inspired
Honey-Rosemary Simple Syrup
 
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Ingredients
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup honey
  • 3-4 large sprigs of rosemary
  • Additional rosemary to garnish beverage
Instructions
  1. Add sugar, water, honey and rosemary to a small saucepan.
  2. Turn heat to low and stir until sugar dissolves.
  3. Simmer an additional 5-7 minutes to reduce mixture.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool. If you prefer a smoother drink, strain out the rosemary.

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