Sprite Syrup

Michael Neff, Cottonmouth Club | Houston

Houston’s Michael Neff created this playful riff on a low-waste stock that also happens to taste like Sprite. At The Cottonmouth Club, Neff uses the Sprite syrup in a rye whiskey-based Long Lost Pal cocktail alongside dry vermouth and Bruto Americano. “Use this concentrate as you would simple syrup for a zesty, bright and citrusy addition to cocktails,” he says. “Or, to make ‘Sprite,’ combine one part concentrate with two parts Topo Chico and enjoy over ice or in a highball.”

Ingredients
  • 2 cups halved and juiced lime husks
  • 2 cups halved and juiced lemon husks
  • 2 quarts water
  • 3 cups piloncillo (unrefined cane sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 3 ounces lemon juice
  • 2 ounces lime juice

Directions
  1. Combine husks and piloncillo in an 8-quart Instant Pot or pressure cooker.
  2. Add about 2 quarts of water to cover completely and cook under high pressure for 5 minutes.
  3. Quick-release pressure, allow to cool and strain out solids.
  4. Add the lemon juice, lime juice and orange blossom water.

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