How to Make Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is the ideal concoction to keep on hand in your refrigerator this summer to sweeten cold drinks, like tea or coffee.

Simple syrup is just that. A simple syrup of sugar and water. It’s basically that supersaturated solution that Mr. Glahn had us make in 11th grade chemistry. Only it’s good. And you can eat it.

(You would never have wanted to eat anything crafted in our science labs.)

Simple syrup has a multitude of uses. Since the sugar is already dissolved in water, it makes a convenient sweetener for cold drinks like iced tea or coffee. You can use it to easily mix lemonade, make a citron presse, or stir up a pitcher of mojitos. Basically use it to sweeten or flavor any cold beverage.

Or just take a swig when you’re desperate for a sweet pick-me-up.

Ok, I’ve never done the last thing, but I’ve done all the others. I love cold drinks in the summertime, and I do have a bit of a sweet tooth. So, simple syrup makes the whole process easier and tastier. Who wants gritty sugar at the bottom of a glass?

I’ve made this with evaporated sugar cane juice as well as standard granulated sugar. It works out fine both ways. If you use the less processed cane product, like I did in the batch in the picture, the color will be more amber than clear.

You can make flavored simple syrups by adding citrus zest, vanilla extract, or mint leaves to the hot mixture. Mint syrup is out of this world for hot chocolate or coffee drinks.

 

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  1. How long will simple syrup last in the fridge?

    • Jessica says:

      I have read different things, from one week all the way to one month. Typically, I freeze it if I can’t use it within two weeks.

  2. Love this idea for iced tea. I make sun tea a lot and the simple syrup will be perfect.

  3. I add a packet of unsweetened kool aid to simple syrup for snow cone syrup. I make two batches so kids have choice of flavors. Much better and lots cheaper than store bought.

  4. Harriet says:

    My 95 yo grandmother pokes holes in a freshly baked cake and drizzles this in. It ensures that the cake is super moist.

  5. Took some of the peaches/nectarines in last weeks AHO box and juiced them and made a “peach syrup” for tea. My family loves the peach tea it makes!

  6. As Emily said, we use this for iced tea. We also use it for lemonade. A 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1 1/2 cup simple syrup and 6 cups of water makes a lovely lemonade. You can easily adjust the amounts if you like a more tart or sweet lemonade.

    I love your idea about adding the mint. We love to add peppermint leaves when we steep the tea for iced tea, but adding it to the simple syrup is a much better idea. Thank you!

  7. I love this idea but being from the northeast id be sooo sad if i couldnt enjoy maple syrup(i tend to love everything maple flavored ). ;-). I will try it with iced tea though

    • Jessica says:

      I love maple syrup, too. Do you use it coffee and lemonade as well? I usually only use it on breakfast and in baking.

  8. Michele says:

    Jessica – you are rocking my world with all these great ideas! I don’t know if I’m just in a receptive mood, cooking-wise, lately or what, but first I read Kitchen Counter Cooking School and now this simple syrup thing! I just made passion tea (I use it to make passion lemonade like Starbucks) and I made some simple syrup and it’s yummy! Much better than having grainy sugar at the bottom of my cup. Thanks!

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