Homemade Simple Syrup

Making simple syrup from scratch takes about 1 minute of hands-on time, and 5 minutes of cooking, and if you can boil water you can make simple syrup.  Literally.  It’s a great refrigerator staple to have on hand, especially during the summer when cold drinks are everything, and you don’t have time to waste waiting for the sugar to dissolve in your iced tea.

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What is Simple Syrup and How is It Used?

Simple syrup is simply sugar melted and dissolved in water and then cooled.  Because the sugar dissolves in the heating process, the result is a liquid suspension, which means you can add sweetness to drinks and desserts and other dishes without the crunch of undissolved sugar.  It blends in right away, so you don’t have to worry about stirring and stirring and stirring and hoping the sugar will dissolve in a cold drink.

Simple syrup, as the name suggests, has a slightly syrupy texture.  It is most often used in cocktails, mocktails, and other beverages like iced tea, iced coffee, or lemonade.

Simple Syrup: A great refrigerator staple to have on hand, especially during the summer when cold drinks are everything, and you don’t have time to waste waiting for the sugar to dissolve in your iced tea.

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What Kind of Sugar is Used in Simple Syrup?

You can use pretty much any type of sugar you like, though white granulated sugar is the most common.  Once the sugar dissolves, the liquid remains fairly clear, so it won’t affect the color of your drink.  Demerera sugar is another popular sugar used to make simple syrup, though it has a slightly tan hue, so the final simple syrup with be slightly brown in color, and used in quantity it could affect the color of your drink.  

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What is the Ratio of Sugar to Water in Simple Syrup?

The cost common simple syrup ratio is 1:1, 1 part sugar to 1 part water.  However, you can increase or reduce the amount of sugar, depending on how sweet you want the syrup to be.  If you are making something where you want to add sweetness, but not a whole lot of additional liquid, then you would add more sugar to your simple syrup so that you can achieve a higher level of sweetness without adding a lot of water.

Better to start with a smaller amount, and add more as needed, because your drink or dish can go from sweet to SWEET in a heartbeat.

Flavored Simple Syrups

You can add ingredients to the sugar and water mixture as you heat it.  Some common add-ins are citrus zests, herbs, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, and sliced fresh ginger.  For more delicate add-ins, such as fresh mint or thyme, you can add the herbs to the mixture once it has been brought to a boil, and just let it steep in the syrup as it cools. 

Taste the syrup, and if you prefer a stronger infused flavor, you can leave the additional ingredients in the syrup when you store it in the fridge; just make sure the ingredients don’t start to darken or look past their prime.  Strain out the added ingredients before using the syrup.

How to Make Simple Syrup:

Place the water in a saucepan.

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Add the sugar.

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Bring to a boil over high heat.  

Boil for 1 minute, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. 

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Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature.   

Transfer to a clean glass or plastic container and store in the fridge.  

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Use as directed in a recipe, or store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Recipes That Call for Simple Syrup:

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Simple Syrup

A great refrigerator staple to have on hand, especially during the summer when cold drinks are everything, and you don’t have time to waste waiting for the sugar to dissolve in your iced tea.
Yield: 20 People
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

Directions

  • Place the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 1 minute, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool to room temperature. Transfer to a clean glass or plastic container and store in the fridge.
  • Use as directed in a recipe, or store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

Makes 1 ¼ cups.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 10g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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  1. A question: You say to put the syrup in a glass container to store it but the picture is of a plastic container, is it not?

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