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SIMPLE SYRUP


Container of simple syrup on a wooden block, with a napkin, jug of water, and container of sugar in the background.

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).


Ingredients and equipment to make homemade simple syrup. Includes water, sugar, a small saucepan, and a wooden spoon.

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.


Pouring water into a saucepan with sugar, preparing to make homemade simple syrup.

OVERVIEW: HOW TO MAKE SIMPLE SYRUP


  1. Place ingredients in a small saucepan: start by using equal parts sugar and water

  2. 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.

  3. Cool your simple syrup: remove your simple syrup from the heat and allow it to cool.

  4. 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.


Container of simple syrup on a wooden block, with a napkin, jug of water, and container of sugar in the background.


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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