Jalapeño Simple Syrup | Try this sweet and spicy simple syrup to add a little kick to your cocktails. This simple syrup is easy to make using just a kettle to the boil water and then adding sugar and fresh jalapeño slices. Give this syrup a try the next time you want to spice up your margarita!
Jalapeño simple syrup is an easy-to-make sweet and spicy syrup made by infusing jalapeño peppers with sugar and water.
What does infusing mean? Infusing means soaking an ingredient, in this case, jalapeño slices, in liquid to extract the flavor. The liquid, in this case, a simple syrup, takes on the flavor. The result is a sweet and spicy syrup that is perfect for use in cocktails.
This spicy simple syrup recipe is super easy and you really only need two ingredients: sugar and jalapeños. I feel Jalapeño Watermelon Margaritas coming on!
Why use simple syrup in cocktails?
Using simple syrup in cocktails is preferred over using sugar to sweeten them because sugar is grainy and needs hot liquid to dissolve. Cocktails are usually cold. Making simple syrup ahead of time means the sugar is pre-dissolved and can be chilled so the cocktails can be served cold. Simple syrup can also be infused with other flavors.
Why use an infused simple syrup in cocktails?
Using an infused syrup is an easy way to sweeten cocktails and add flavors like the spice from jalapeño, without using jalapeños slices in the cocktail.
Simple Syrup Easy Method
Don't feel like babysitting a syrup on the stovetop? Try my easy kettle method. Just pour boiling water over the other ingredients, stir well, and let it sit for 15 minutes. The sugar will dissolve and the syrup will take on the heat from the jalapeños, all without dirtying a pot!
See the recipe card for exact amounts.
Add the jalapeño slices to a small jar. You can store it in this same jar.
Add the sugar.
Pour the boiling water on top of the sugar and jalapeño slices.
Stir well and then let sit for 15 minutes. Let it sit longer for a spicier syrup.
The syrup will clear as the sugar dissolves in the hot water. The water has to be boiling for this no-boil method to work or the sugar doesn't fully dissolve.
Strain the jalapenos out for a super clear and smooth syrup or just spoon them out.
Basic simple syrup lasts 2-4 weeks in the fridge. Since the jalapeños are strained out this syrup should also last that long. (I always use mine faster than this!)
Tips for making Jalapeño Simple Syrup
What to use Jalapeño Simple Syrup in?
Store simple syrup in the fridge for 2-4 weeks. Toss it if it smells or looks sketchy.
Jalapeño simple syrup is made by either simmering water, sugar, and jalapeño slices together, or by covering jalapeños slices and sugar with boiling water and letting it sit for 15 minutes to infuse. The jalapeño is strained out.
Jalapeño simple syrup is commonly used in cocktail recipes like margaritas. You can add this spicy simple syrup to lemonade or ice tea, or even in marinades for cooking.
Basic simple syrup lasts 2-4 weeks in a jar with a lid in the refrigerator.
For a milder syrup use less jalapeño and none of the seeds. For a spicier syrup use the seeds and add more jalapeño slices.
Jalapeño Simple Syrup
- ½ cup water (boiled)
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 large jalapeño (sliced)
- Slice the jalapeño. For a less spicy syrup deseed the jalapeño.
- Add the jalapeño slices and sugar to a jar. Pour the boiling water over top and stir.
- Let sit for 15 minutes. (Let sit less for a less spicy syrup and longer for a spicier syrup)
- Remove jalapeños and use the syrup in your favorite cocktail.
- Store in the fridge.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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