Easy Simple Syrup Recipe

Cocktails | December 18, 2008 | By

simple syrup recipe

Classic and Simple

There’s nothing more simple and classic than simple syrup. It’s such a basic, yet essential ingredient. Simple syrup is used when making cocktails that call for a sweetener. You know how sometimes, when you add sugar to cold liquid, it doesn’t really dissolve? THAT’S when simple syrup comes in handy. You see, simple syrup is nothing but dissolved sugar. Mix it with lemon juice and you have home made sweet and sour mix which is perfect for WHISKEY SOURS! Try using lime juice instead of lemons and mix it with cointreau and tequila for a perfect Margarita! I make a batch and keep it in a plastic squeeze bottle!

Simple Syrup Recipe

1 part sugar
1 part water

Place water and sugar in a sauce pan and heat over medium heat until all the sugar is dissolved. It usually takes a couple of minutes and you can tell when it’s done because the liquid turns crystal clear! Once it dissolves let it cool and it’s ready to use!


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    July 11, 2009

    I'm not really sure annina, but I keep mine in the fridge and it's lasted for at least two weeks.

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    August 19, 2009

    i add a little corn syrup to it. it's less likely to crystallize if you aren't watching it very closely.

    also, i add koolaid flavors if i want to make snow cone syrup for my kids. cheap, easy fun for them.

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    September 26, 2011

    Also really good if made with a whole lot of mint leaves. Boil the water, turn it off, add sugar and crushed mint leaves, let it cool, strain it, then used in iced tea or mint julips. I keep a jar in the fridge all summer (MD), and it keeps well.

    Boiling the syrup does tend to caramelize the sugar. I know that is bad for bees, so it may be bad for us.

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