The How-To Guide: How to Make Simple Syrup

June 20, 2013 | By | Comments (5)

Simple syrup is two things: sugar and water. The ratio is also simple: 2 to 1, sugar to water.

Well, actually, let’s look at that a bit more closely. A ratio of 2:1 is great when you need to sweeten something but you don’t want to add a lot of liquid. For example, iced tea: You want to sweeten the tea, but you don’t want to add a lot of water because that will make for weak tea. No good. A 1:1 ratio is also widely used, but it’s a bit thin and may be too watery for some applications.

Use simple syrup anywhere you’d use granulated sugar — but can’t because the sugar won’t dissolve properly, such as in a cocktail or iced tea. Some recipes call for an amount of pre-made simple syrup in the recipe. Others include the simple syrup as part of the recipe. I recommend keeping some on hand for summer cocktails or iced drinks. It speeds up the drink making process — no one likes waiting for their cool drinks when it’s so hot outside. Just make a batch and store it in a glass jar or bottle in your refrigerator. It’s good for two to three weeks.

You can let your simple syrup boil longer if you need a thicker syrup. Ever experience yellow simple syrup? That’s a result of caramelizing the sugar. The longer you let it boil, the more likely it is to pick up a golden hue.

1. Combine 1 1/2 cups sugar and 3/4 cup water in a medium pan. Stir occasionally.

Combine 2 parts sugar to 1 part water in a pan.

2. Bring sugar and water mixture to a boil. Boil until the sugar dissolves and the liquid is clear, or about 3 to 5 minutes.

Bring to a boil. Boil until mixture is clear, or about 5 minutes.

3. Let the simple syrup cool completely, and then add it to your drinks or store it for later.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can flavor your simple syrup. Flavored simple syrups make great additions to drinks, even popsicles. Try our Mint-Lime Syrup or our Cucumber-Ginger Syrup.

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