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Chili Spiced Strawberry Syrup

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Photo: Saveur Magazine

Photo: Saveur Magazine

Chili Spiced Strawberry Syrup    Makes: 1 ¾ cup

Use this syrup on ice cream, pancakes, or yogurt for that extra burst of flavor.


1½ lbs. strawberries (about 3 pints), washed and hulled
1½ cups sugar
4 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 (½-inch) slice fresh ginger
½ tsp. crushed red chile flakes
½ tsp. Sichuan peppercorns


  1. Working in batches, pulse berries in a food processor until coarsely chopped. Transfer to a bowl and stir in sugar, 2 tbsp. lemon juice, and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Strain juices into a 2-qt. saucepan; reserve fruit for another use. Add      ginger, chile flakes, and peppercorns to juice mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until thick and syrupy, 30-35      minutes. Stir in remaining lemon juice and let syrup cool to room temperature. Strain and store in the refrigerator up to 1 week.


Combine 3 oz. syrup with ½ oz. apple cider vinegar in a tall, ice-filled glass; top with sparkling water.

Pour 1-2 oz. syrup in a chilled glass and top with a pale lager-style beer; garnish with a lemon slice.


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