You can use this sugar syrup in cocktails as a sweetener or brush it on cakes. You can also substitute rum for the brandy.
If you want to save some time and washing up, simple cut a large strip of zest from a lemon and use that instead of the grated zest. You can then simply pick it out rather than sieving the syrup.
Altered ingredient amounts. very yummy! I used this on a wedding cake I was baking & it kept it so moist & gave it a fresh flavour. I didn't use the brandy however, but it was still wonderful! - 29 Sep 2008
very good. I used this for a wedding cake I made for my sister. turned out wonderful - 29 Sep 2008
I used amaretto instead of the brandy because I had an almond filling in my petit fours. It went very well! I did boil it all together also to reduce the alcohol since I was making them for a youngsters birthday. - 29 Sep 2008 (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)