How to Make Simple Syrup

Homemade Simple Syrup can be used in cocktails, iced coffee, lemonade, and iced tea. You can also add flavorings to it, and it'll keep in the fridge for a month!

A bottle of simple syrup will keep for 1 month in the refrigerator
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It’s five o’clock somewhere! Simple syrup is made from just two ingredients—sugar and water—and it's the thing to have around when it’s cocktail time. You can buy simple syrup, of course, but it's so much easier and cheaper to make it yourself.

What Cocktails Can You Make With Simple Syrup?

There are so many! You can use simple syrup in whiskey sours, mojitos, daiquiris, and even margaritas (made from scratch, without the mix).

how to make simple syrup for iced coffee
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What Non-Alcoholic Drinks Can You Make With Simple Syrup?

Once you have a bottle of simple syrup in the fridge, you'll find so many uses for it. Iced coffee is my special pick-me-up on a sleepy afternoon. (I never put sugar in my coffee, but iced coffee with a little sugar is almost like ice cream!) A few drops of this syrup in my glass give me the boost I am craving.

Simple syrup is also great in homemade iced tea and lemonade!

Other Ways to Use Simple Syrup

How about that bowl of strawberries or a citrus salad? Simple syrup is the key to making a quick dessert, since there's no waiting for the sugar to dissolve. Add some whipped cream and boom – you're in business.

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Can You Make Flavored Simple Syrup?

Yes, you can! Flavored syrups are fun as well. Here are a few flavoring options:

  • Cinnamon: Add a few sticks of cinnamon to the syrup when it's hot, and let steep for a few hours or overnight. Strain and store.
  • Herbal syrup: Springs of rosemary, lemon thyme, lemon verbena, sage, mint, and/or lemon balm leaves all make wonderful additions to simple syrup. Add a small handful of the fresh herbs to the hot syrup, steep for about 30 minutes, then strain and store.
  • Vanilla syrup: Add a split vanilla bean to the simmering syrup. Let the vanilla bean cool in the syrup. Strain and store.
  • Ginger syrup: Cut slices from a 3-inch piece of ginger root and add to the simmering syrup. Let the ginger slices cool in the syrup. Strain and store.
  • Honey or Demerara (raw) sugar: Use the same 1 to 1 one formula of honey or sugar to water. Honey offers a light floral quality while demerara sugar (partially refined light brown cane sugar) brings a deeper, richer note than a syrup made with granulated sugar.

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How to Make Simple Syrup

Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 2 mins
Total Time 4 mins
Servings 24 servings
Yield 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

Method

  1. Dissolve the sugar:

    In a saucepan over medium heat, stir the water and sugar together. Bring to a boil and adjust the heat to a simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved.

    Simmer sugar and water in a pan to make simple syrup
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    Let simple syrup cook in a pot
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  2. Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool completely.
  3. Store the syrup:

    Pour the syrup into a glass jar or bottle, and refrigerate until needed. The syrup will last for about 1 month in the refrigerator and almost indefinitely in the freezer.

    Pour simple syrup through funnel and into a bottle
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
32 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 32
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 0mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 0mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.