Welcome back to day three of punch mania! One of the key elements of making a good drink (whether it's homemade lemonade or something with a little more power like mojitos) is a simple syrup. Sure, you could buy a bottle for only a few dollars at the liquor store. But it's so incredibly easy to make, why would you?
When you make simple syrups yourself, you also have the opportunity to infuse delicious flavors into the syrup, to make amazing, delicious, complex, gourmet drinks that are astonishingly easy! Lavender infused lemonade for a French-themed wedding, anyone?
Simple syrup is nothing more than equal parts water and sugar, heated until the sugar dissolves.
Making an infused simple syrup is just about as easy as a plain one. Let's use a mint-infused simple syrup as an example.
Toss the mint in with the equal parts sugar and water, and heat until the sugar dissolves.