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Natural Cola Syrup

Did you know you can make your own Natural Cola Syrup by using Southernwood? Mix it with sparkling water and enjoy (you might even want to add a splash of gin).

Natural Cola Syrup

This is another recipe from my witchy kitchen! This year my balcony garden made me feel like a modern-day witch with me drying herbs for the winter, gathering seeds for the next years, making herb-infused spirits, and using herbs to make syrups.

I may have been a witch in one of my past lives because plants make me so happy and I feel deeply at peace working with all kinds of botanicals.

This year, I had a good harvest of Artemisia abrotanum also known as southernwood or southern wormwood, so it was time to make Natural Cola Syrup.

Southernwood is native to Europe, Asia, Africa, and parts of North America. In the last couple of years, I feel this plant has gotten more popularity due to its cola-like taste (it’s even called cola-kraut or eberraute in german) so it will be easier to find it in garden centers.

southern wormwood
This is what southernwood looks like.

How to make Cola Syrup

The ingredients

You will need:

  • Fresh Artemisia abrotanumsouthernwoodlad’s lovesouthern wormwood, or whatever you want to call it.
  • lime juice (or lemon)
  • sugar (I am using brown sugar, but white sugar works too!)
  • water

The basic steps

southern wormwood
Step 1: Harvest your southernwood. Give it a quick wash and pat it dry.
sugar and water
Step 2: In a large pot, heat the sugar, lime juice, and water.
southern wormwood in sugar and water
Step 3: Once the sugar has dissolved, add the southernwood. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes with the lid on.
southern wormwood in sugar and water
Step 4: Once the southernwood has lost most of its color, set the pot aside and just let the mixture cool off for an hour.
straining southern wormwood
Step 5: Pour the syrup through a strainer to get rid of the southernwood.
Natural Cola Syrup
Step 6: Fill the syrup into a clean glass jar and keep it in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

I usually mix 1 cup of sparkling water with 1 tablespoon of syrup, but you can add more or less for your preferred sweetness and intensity.

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Natural Cola Syrup

Natural Cola Syrup

Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan
Did you know you can make your own Natural Cola Syrup by using Southernwood? Mix it with sparkling water and enjoy (you might even want to add a splash of gin).
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 10 people
Calories 174 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 cups southernwood only the green part, no stems (30g)
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 cups water

Instructions
 

  • Harvest your southernwood. Only use the green parts, not the stem, it's easy to pinch the leaves off. Give it a quick wash and pat it dry.
  • In a large pot, heat the sugar, lime juice, and water.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, add the southernwood. Let it simmer for about 20 minutes with the lid on.
  • Once the southernwood has lost most of its color, set the pot aside and just let the mixture cool off for an hour.
  • Pour the syrup through a strainer to remove the southernwood leaves.
  • Fill the syrup into a clean glass jar and keep it in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
    Mix it with sparkling water and enjoy. I usually mix 1 cup of sparkling water with 1 tablespoon of syrup, but you can add more or less for your preferred sweetness and intensity.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcalCarbohydrates: 45gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 19mgPotassium: 113mgFiber: 1gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 384IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 1mg
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Laura

Friday 19th of November 2021

Could use dried southernwood instead of fresh?