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!
1 cup fresh beet juice*
1/2 cup refined or cane sugar**
1/2 cup water (optional - for a “thinner” consistency)
*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.
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.