Making Proper Drink Syrup is Easy
Just like making a cup of tea. This is the standard cold infusion method. Check out the new hot and fast method too.
Add your sweetener to a jar
Add a Proper Drink bag
Add water and infuse
After 24 hours, remove bag
Tips & Tricks
Weigh your Water
For a fast and accurate way to measure your water use your scales and measure as many grammes as milliliters.
Experiment with Sweeteners
I use Golden Caster sugar as my default sweetener. It dissolves fast and adds a nice rich tangy note and golden colour to the finished syrup.
However at times you want a clean sweetness to highlight the botanicals and in this case white caster works great.
Natural syrups like honey, agave and maple add their own notes.
Low Calorie / Low GI alternatives can produce great results. Naked Golden Syrup is the best and easiest option we have found. It has no aftertaste. Use 90ml.
I have also had good results with Monk Fruit sugar and will be experimenting further with it. It tastes great, no It's only downside is that it doesn't dissolve like sugar so you need to boil up a simple syrup before infusing. Just add 375ml water and 120g Monk Fruit sugar to a pan. Bring to the boil and allow to cool. Easy ;)
Less Can Be More
Try using less sweetener for a more intense botanical taste and ... less sugar/sweetener. Compensate by adding a bit more water. Try 90g sugar and 350ml water.
Some Like It Hot
I have recently been experimenting with Hot Infusions for faster results.
Please Note: this is not recommended for the Original and Citrus Tonics. The lemon peel in these tonics goes quite bitter when boiled.
- Add 450ml water to a small saucepan with lid
- Add your sweetener and the Proper Drink bag
- Put on the lid and bring to the boil (do not remove the lid until the syrup is cooled).
- Reduce to a low simmer for 20 minutes
- Turn off the heat and allow to cool (about an hour)
- Take out the bag and squeeze out any goodness into the pan
- Decant into a bottle or jug