I am a fairly disorganized person walking around in a body that is desperately trying to be the opposite. My purse
like most women! I tell myself is filled with receipts from three years ago and a hair clip that’s completely tattered and I can never seem to get ready earlier than necessary and if it can wait until the last minute and even if it can’t, I am doing it at the very last possible minute. These are all things I am not proud of in the least bit, but they are so very true and apparent to those close to me that admitting it here feels rather cathartic. You must also understand, dear reader, that I am earnestly trying to sausage this Type B personality into those eloquent, flawless Type A silhouettes that tease me from afar in vacations they could afford because of the deals they scored in advance and from homes they keep immaculate and shiny while grabbing their phones from its rightful place in an organized and appropriately in season hand bag.
Can one change? I’m crossing my fingers that the answer to that unremitting question is yes! and although I can’t write about a drastic overhaul in my organizational habits, I can write with great enthusiasm that I’m hosting a baby shower for my sister in law this weekend and I’ve made a simple syrup for a white wine strawberry sangria days in advance. And it smelled really, really good and was really, really simple and the best part is I can keep it in the refrigerator for the rest of the week until come Sunday afternoon, when just a bit before guests arrive, I will leisurely walk over to the kitchen and uncork a bottle of wine that I will add to my syrup and casually pore myself a glass as well. Do you see how great the organized people have it?!
This syrup is for everyone that wants to do things ahead of time but also know that sometimes life gets in the way of even the best intentions and chicest planners. This syrup is so incredibly easy and wonderfully fragrant, that it rewards you for doing it ahead of time with its awesomeness. I found this recipe for a rosemary simple syrup (under the ever apropos title Bar Must Haves) after searching for a cocktail I could make with the said herb that was growing wildly in our backyard. Turns out, it makes a wonderful cocktail staple that can be stored for up to a month (or until it starts to ferment). I’ve added sliced strawberries to it, because I’m going to add it to our wine with a bunch of cut up fruits, like strawberries, oranges and peaches and wanted more of a strawberry kick. With simple ingredients like strawberries, twigs of rosemary, water and sugar, it is truly a simple syrup indeed. Perfect for a quick cocktail concoction in advance!
Rosemary Simple Syrup with Strawberries
Yields a little over 1 cup
2 sprigs of Rosemary
1 cup of sliced strawberries
1 cup of sugar (for a more molasses-y syrup, you can substitute brown sugar or use a raw sugar like turbinado)
1 cup of water
In a saucepan over medium heat, add all ingredients and stir until the sugar begins to dissolve (this happens pretty quickly) and the strawberries have cooked a bit enough that their juices have seeped in. Don’t over cook, remove from heat and pour into a jar (leaving sprigs and strawberry scraps out!) to refrigerate until you are ready to use.