Beet Simple Syrup

Beet Juice Simple Syrup for Cocktails and Food Coloring

This is one un"BEET"able syrup, perfect for mixing in cocktails, as a topping for pancakes and waffles, and for D-I-Y natural red food coloring. You just can't beat the beet! 

The red beet's gorgeous color and sweet flavor is a beautiful gift from mother nature. Although I am an advocate for low-sugar diets, simple syrups are often used in cocktails and mocktails, so it seems perfect for the beet to take center stage as a unique and vibrant addition to mixed drinks. Plus using beet juice instead of water in a simple syrup recipe improves nutrient content, provides a delicious taste, and serves as a great all-natural red food coloring. Beet juice simple syrup is great to have on hand when needing pink/red dye for cupcakes, extra pizzazz on your favorite pancakes, or as in ingredient in your next martini or mojito. The options are endless! 

Try Beet Juice Simple Syrup for Do-It-Yourself Natural Red Food Coloring recipes and projects or in your favorite cocktail, such as The Final Frontier: Beet "Tom Collins" Martini. Bottoms up! 


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup fresh beet juice*
  • 1/2 cup refined or cane sugar**

*For a quick ready-to-drink juice option, use fresh beet juice from a local juice bar or from the market featuring brands such as Beet-It Juice or Love Beets Juice.

**Beets contain natural sugars, so this simple syrup requires less sugar utilizing the beetroot's natural sweetness. For a sweeter syrup, use a 1:1 beet juice to sugar ratio. 

DIRECTIONS

1. Juice freshly washed and chopped red beetroots. If using a high-powered blender, such as a Vitamix or BlendTec, beets may be blended rather than juiced. Strain any remaining pulp to create a smooth liquid.

2. Over medium heat, combine sugar and beet juice. Stir until sugar is blended well. 

3. Bring the ingredients to a boil and then remove from heat. Let sit at room temperature for at least 20 minutes. 

4. When cooled, store syrup in a glass container in the fridge. This simple syrup will keep for a few weeks. To last longer, add a splash of vodka.