Title: Founder, Sonoma Syrup Company
Southern California, living in Sonoma for the past 12 years
1. How did you come up with the idea for making syrups?
I've always messed around with sugar in the kitchen from preserving fruit to candying citrus peel. I wanted to use the bounty of my kitchen garden. I had lavender, mint and Meyer lemon and I was always looking for ways to preserve it so I created infused simple syrup for iced tea partly because I'm an iced tea drinker and I hate the way sugar always settles to the bottom of the glass.
Infused simple syrups are a classic ingredient. I looked into the history and found them in the earliest American cookbook, dating back to 1796. I used to use traditional Italian syrups to make sodas at home, but I wanted a high quality natural syrup. So I use real California natural fruits and flavors and pure cane sugar--no corn syrup or anything artificial.
2. What's your favorite season?
Baseball season, summertime. With three boys in little league, there's lots of fun all summer long, then there's Memorial day, Fourth of July...