Simple Syrup - The perfect sweetener for cocktails or recipes where you want a smooth sweetener without the graininess of sugar granules.
This recipe really is as easy as its name. You just heat sugar and water together for a few minutes and you're done.
It makes the perfect sweetener for a cocktail where you're using cold liquids and the sugar won't dissolve. It also makes the perfect base for coffee syrups. Just add some other flavorings in there and you have a homemade treat to add to your coffee.
How to Make Simple Syrup
First, we'll whisk together equal parts of water and sugar. Then, we'll heat it over medium to a simmer, and then whisk and let it simmer for 3 or 4 minutes, or until sugar is dissolved. Done.
Let it cool and it's ready for your cocktails and desserts, or my Strawberry Basil Popsicle recipe!
This keeps for a couple of weeks in the fridge.
F. A. Q.
What is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is equal amounts of water and sugar, whisked and then heated until the sugar dissolves into the water and the mixture becomes smooth instead of grainy.
Why do I need simple syrup?
Chances are a drink recipe called for it and that's why you need to make it. I call for it in my Thai Inspired Vodka Cocktail. You'll need simple syrup in cases where you want a smooth sweetener but don't want the feel of grains of sugar - such as a cocktail.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Combine sugar and water in a small pot.
- Heat over medium to a simmer, reduce heat a little and let simmer 3 or 4 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.
- Let cool.
- Store in the fridge. Keeps for a couple of weeks.