Drinks, Food

Southern wood syrup

July 5, 2016

Surprise! I made a new syrup. This is seriously getting an addiction. My name is Sarah and I have been making syrup for the last couple of weeks. Hello, Sarah!
I already joke that I’m going to make a syrup bar. To be honest, I just don’t feel like baking lately and I’m really uninspired when it comes to taking food photos – except for drinks. Also I really like drinking them afterwards. It’s so humid in my office that I need to drink enough and this just gives me the best excuse.

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Also there’s a funny story how I stumbled upon this: I was with a friend looking at the garden of my parents when she squeaked and said: “Oh, you have this herb that tastes like Coca Cola?!” Neither my mum nor me have heard of that, so I took a handful home and began my research. Turns out, this is Southern Wood or Eberraute (Worst. Name. Ever. Sounds horrible!) in German. Beside it’s name it really makes a delicious syrup that tastes a little like Coke.


Southern wood syrup

Southern wood syrup


  • 4 tsp chopped southern wood
  • 500 ml water
  • 500 ml sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon acid


  1. Heat the water in a pot and add the sugar.
  2. Take it from the heat and stir well until all sugar has dissolved.
  3. Add the chopped southern wood and put a lid on the pot.
  4. Set aside for 3 days.
  5. Now add the lemon acid and stir well. Voilá! The cordial is done!

To make it last in bottles. Heat some water in a water cattle and fill the empty glass bottles. Pour the hot water into the bottles and leave it for a few minutes. Pour it out and fill the syrup in while the glass is still hot.

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Best served with some fresh raspberries, ice and soda. This is so good that I filled my glass pretty quickly. Finally, I drink enough!

Southern Wood Syrup | LOOK WHAT I MADE ...

Have you ever heard of Southern Wood? Eberraute? Coke herb? Or whatever you want to call it…

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Now. Carry on!

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  • Reply johannarundel July 5, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Also, ich musste die Eberraute ja erst mal googeln… ich wüsste ja jetzt zu gern, wie sie schmeckt! Wo kann man denn sowas überhaupt kaufen? Apotheke?
    LG und Prosit

    • Reply sarah July 5, 2016 at 9:28 pm

      Witzig, oder?! Wenn du mir deine Adresse schickst an hello (at) look-what-i-made.com dann pflück ich dir welche und schick’s dir.

    • Reply Alfie Grütter September 25, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Hallo zusammen, das Kraut kann man in jeder guten Gärtnerei bestellen! Einfach mal nachfragen, am besten mit dem lateinischen Namen Artemisia aboratum. Grüssle

      • Reply sarah September 26, 2016 at 6:48 am

        Danke für den Hinweis, Alfie!

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