Sandalwood and Khus (vetiver) are both known for their cooling properties, Khus probably more than Sandalwood. You would use these like any other flavoring syrup. They are very sugary but the taste of the plants definitely comes through and it’s wonderful.
I tried them first with very cold water, roughly one tablespoon syrup in a large glass. Perfect. Both syrups create interesting and unexpectedly refreshing drinks. Even though Sandalwood is my favorite essential oil, I enjoyed the flavor of the Khus more. Upon tasting the Khus water I immediately wanted to make popsicles! Grown up popsicles. Sadly, I don’t have a popsicle mold so I settled for slushies.
Here’s what you can do with the syrups:
Your basic recipe will be about 1 tablespoon syrup to 16 oz. of flat or sparkling water. Add additional syrup as desired to suit your tastes.
Use in cocktails! I used the Sandalwood syrup with the Rose infused vodka. Amazing! Again you would adjust for taste and your tolerance for alcohol but I did the following:
2 tablespoons Sandalwood Syrup
3/4 oz. Rose Vodka – made by adding two drops Rose Absolute to a 200mL bottle of Grey Goose
12oz. plain seltzer water
Loved every sip! Please share in the comments if you used these syrups in other cool ways.