For our parties this past summer, I was really into making simple syrups for the cocktails. It’s the easiest way to sweeten drinks when they’re cold. I even started experimenting with infused syrups which is a great way to add an extra layer of flavor. With all the holiday parties coming up, I thought I would make a couple of simple syrups beforehand so that I’m ready. I’ve even made some as gifts for the host/hostess. It’s very easy to make. I bought the 8.5 ounce glass flasks from the container store. You bring equal parts sugar and water to a simmer until the sugar dissolves (I did 3 cups). I chose to infuse the syrups with cinnamon sticks, mint and lemon rind. I let the cinnamon, mint and lemon steep in separate mason jars in the warm syrup for a couple of hours. I added cinnamon, mint and lemon rinds to each of the jars before I poured in the cooled and strained syrups. You can store them in the refrigerator until you’re ready to use them. The mint syrup is by far the most popular, it’s perfect for mojitos and juleps.