Simple Syrup is a staple ingredient for any well stocked home bar. Once you learn how easy it is to make at home, you will never buy it again!
Simple syrup is exactly what is sounds like: a basic syrup made with granulated sugar and water.
The most common way simple syrup is used is in cocktails. Because so many drink recipes include simple syrup, it’s definitely a staple for any home bar.
Although it's readily available at any grocery store, once you find out how easy it is to make, you'll never need to rush out to buy it for your favorite drink again.
Lemon drop martini, anyone?
- 1 part sugar
- 1 part water
Simple syrup is aptly named; it really is simple to make.
The type of sugar you use will impact your syrup's flavor.
The most common simple syrup is made with regular granulated white sugar. This gives it a clear color and mild sweetness (and what you see bottled at the grocery store).
But you can also make brown simple syrups. Swap the granulated sugar for Turbinado (raw) sugar and you'll get a richer syrup with a hint of caramel flavor (perfect for those fall and winter drinks!).
Storing simple syrup
We love to use mason jars to store simple syrup after we make it, but you can also use any other glass jar or bottle or even a plastic food storage container.
The only important tip is to cool and seal tightly before refrigerating.
Plain simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month.
Rich simple syrup
You might see some cocktail recipes that call for rich simple syrup. The only difference between rich simple syrup and regular simple syrup is the amount of sugar used.
Regular simple syrup uses a 1:1 sugar to water ratio. Rich simple syrup uses a 2:1 sugar to water ratio. As the name implies, rich simple syrup is sweeter than regular.
Some bartenders prefer to use rich simple syrup in their cocktails because it is thicker and gives cocktails a little more body and mouthfeel.
Tip: Always use less rich syrup if substituting for regular syrup.
Infused simple syrup
Beyond rich simple syrup, there is also a whole gamut of infused simple syrups that you can use in cocktails.
Infusing simple syrup with herbs like basil, rosemary and mint (or even fruits!) gives it a subtle but unique taste that can be a delicious way to put a seasonal spin on your favorite drink recipes.
Follow these steps to make an infused simple syrup:
- Add granulated sugar and water to a medium pan.
- Heat until sugar is dissolved.
- Remove from heat and stir in a fistful of fresh herb leaves.
- Let herbs steep in syrup for 1 hour.
- Strain and refrigerate infused syrup in a mason jar until ready to use.
These cocktail recipes use infused simple syrup to add subtle flavor:
Ways to use it
Looking for more ways to use your simple syrup? You can't go wrong with a margarita!
But simple syrup is not just for cocktails. You can also use it to make homemade lemonade, sweet tea, or even as a flavorful dressing for fruit salads.
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- Place sugar and water in small sauce pan over medium heat. Heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from heat and cool completely. Store in refrigerator.
To make infused simple syrup:
Add 1 cup of fresh herbs when you remove the syrup from the heat. Let herbs steep for one hour. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and store in refrigerator.
Plain simple syrup will keep in refrigerator for one month while infused simple syrups should be used within 2 weeks.
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It's easy to learn How to Make Simple Syrup. You only need 2 ingredients and 10 minutes to make this essential cocktail ingredient at home!