Simple syrup is a liquefied form of sugar that is often used to sweeten cocktails, teas, coffees, and other cold beverages. A great way to sweeten beverages without any grainy sugar sitting at the bottom of the glass.
A traditional simple syrup is made with equal parts sugar to water. Perfect for a wide variety of cocktails and to sweeten iced coffees and teas in the summertime!
TELL ME ABOUT: SIMPLE SYRUP
Level of difficulty: As the name tells you, it’s simple!
Flavor: Classic simple syrup tastes sweet...basically like liquified sugar.
Texture: The consistency of this simple syrup is somewhat thick (like a syrup…). The longer you cook your ingredients, the thicker it will be when cooled.
Time: From start-to-finish, it will take you approximately 10 minutes to make this simple syrup recipe. This includes prep and cooking time (not cooling time).
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE SIMPLE SYRUP
Granulated Sugar: sugar is a necessary ingredient for simple syrups, with granulated sugar being the most common type. You can also use raw sugars (like turbinado) for a different variation (my cousin, who is an award-winning mixologist, uses this for her cocktails!) .
Water: water is needed in equal parts to your sugar to make this homemade simple syrup.
OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE SYRUP
Place ingredients in a small saucepan: start by using equal parts sugar and water
Cook ingredients: over medium heat, and stir until your sugar has completely dissolved (approximately 5-10 minutes) and the liquid has thickened slightly. Try to avoid bringing your mixture to a boil.
Cool your simple syrup: remove your simple syrup from the heat and allow it to cool.
Store in an air-tight container in the fridge: transfer your simple syrup to an air-tight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR MAKING SIMPLE SYRUP
How to store simple syrup: Any air-tight container will do. I prefer to use glass containers and often use either an old honey jar (it’s shaped like a bear and it makes me happy) or a mason jar.
What cocktails can I make using simple syrup? Simple syrup can be used in so many cocktails! Here are a few of my favorite:
What non-alcoholic drinks can I sweeten with simple syrup? Simple syrups are great for sweetening a variety of cold beverages (great for summer drinks). I love using simple syrup in:
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