Classic simple syrup is just a one to one blend of sugar and water. It’s boiled to melt the sugar and thicken the liquid slightly. Simple syrup is one of those things that I’m surprised more people don’t know how to make. Not because it’s used that much outside of cocktails, but because it’s so easy it should be a crime to buy it premade. Seriously.
This will cost you pennies on the dollar to make yourself and ups your cocktail game x1000. Simple syrup is used in so many drinks, from margaritas, sours, punches, classic daiquiris, to even matcha cocktails. Save yourself the money, and learn this easy trick to make this bar staple at home.
A few things to note.
Infusions. This is a really fun way to play around with infusions. You could add lavender, hard spices, jalapenos, ginger, etc. Really, you name it, and I bet you could make an infused simple syrup.
Low Boil. Make sure you bring the mixture just to a boil, or a roaring simmer, and not much further. You don’t want to cook off too much of the liquid, otherwise, it will become too syrupy and sit heavy in a cold cocktail.
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Sugar. I used regular ole’ granulated sugar in this recipe, but sometimes use organic can sugar which has a natural tan color. The color of the sugar will alter the color of the simple syrup and doesn’t matter much unless the clarity of the final product matters.
Ratio. The standard simple syrup ratio is 1:1. I call for a cup below but feel free to make more or less using this easy ratio to suit your needs.
Storage. Store in an airtight container, such as these gorgeous oil and vinegar jars, preferably in the fridge for two weeks.
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Serving. I love the weighted ball hinged pourers that I use here. I use them for alcohol, simple syrup, and oils and vinegars. A friend of mine even uses hers on dish soap and bubble bath so her kids can’t accidentally dump it all out!
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Bar Staples. When it comes to making simple syrup it’s worth it to note that, you’re likely already interested in making cocktails. Along with simple syrup, make sure you have a quality jigger, shaker, stirring spoon, and a few gorgeous glasses to get you off on the right foot.
- 1 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cups water
- In a medium sauce pot, bring sugar and water to a low boil. Turn off heat. Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.