How to Make Stevia Syrup
Stevia syrup is a simple way to add sweetness to your drinks, sauces, and desserts. It’s also a great alternative to maple syrup for people who are on a ketogenic diet or trying to reduce their sugar intake.
It’s an easy and inexpensive recipe to make! It works well in most cocktails, mocktails, and other beverages that call for plain syrup. You can also use it to sweeten fruit salads or other recipes that don’t call for simple syrup.
The best way to make stevia syrup is to use a stevia sweetener that contains pure stevia leaf extract. You can find a large variety of stevia products in stores, including granulated sweeteners and liquid stevia. Many contain erythritol, sugars, inulin, or maltodextrin as fillers.
If you want to make your own stevia syrup, the first step is to dry the leaves. Then, grind them into a fine powder with a mortar and pestle. Once they’re powdered, you can store them in an airtight container for up to a year.
You can also buy pre-powdered stevia leaves and simply infuse them with water to create a simple stevia syrup. These powders are not as potent as fresh stevia leaves, and they tend to have a grassy or bitter aftertaste.
Another way to make stevia syrup is to mix half a cup of dried stevia leaves with 2 cups of warm water and let it steep for 24 hours. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve or paper filter, and you’ll have a concentrated stevia syrup that can last months in an airtight bottle.
Making a tincture involves using a alcohol, such as vodka or brandy, as a solvent to extract the stevia leaf’s medicinal and sweet properties. This is a common method of preparing herbs and it can be done in several ways, depending on your preferences and personal needs.
The most important thing to remember when making a tincture is to avoid letting the stevia leave’s alcohol content get out of hand. This can lead to the stevia extract getting too bitter or having a strong alcohol taste. This is why it’s important to use a very small amount of the leaves and to sterilely store them in a glass jar, away from direct sunlight.
You can also tincture stevia with water or glycerin to create a non-alcoholic stevia concentrate. This method will create an extract that is less bitter or “grassy” than using alcohol, but will still have a very sweet flavor.
You can also tincture your own stevia with a simple solution of warm water and glycerin, and you can tincture it with vinegar to produce a more mellow flavor. This method is especially good if you don’t like the taste of alcohol, and can be used to make a raw stevia tincture or a heated stevia extract.