Learn how to make simple syrup in this easy recipe tutorial! It’s the ideal concoction to keep on hand in your refrigerator this summer to sweeten cold drinks, like tea or coffee.
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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.)
What can I use simple syrup in?
This sweetener 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?
Ingredients needed to make simple syrup
This recipe is so easy I’m not sure why you would every buy it! All you need is:
- Sugar – I generally use the less processed cane sugar, but regular granulated sugar works. You can also evaporated cane juice, brown sugar, or even honey.
- Water – Whatever water you normally use!
Seriously. That’s it. The most common ratio is to use equal parts sugar and water. But according to the Kitchn, you can also make what’s called a rich simple syrup that bartenders prefer, which is basically 2 parts sugar to 1 part water like my Homemade Peppermint Syrup.
How to make simple syrup
Just like there are only 2 ingredients there is only 2 steps as well! Talk about easy.
Bring equal parts of sugar and water together over heat. Place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring.
Dissolve and cool. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
What type of sugar is best?
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 also replace the white sugar with brown sugar or honey!
You can make flavored versions by adding citrus zest, vanilla extract, or mint leaves to the hot mixture.
OTHER FLAVORED SYRUPS YOU CAN MAKE:
How long will this homemade simple syrup last?
You can keep this stored in your refrigerator for up to 4 weeks. A flavored syrup, however, will only last a week or two.
TOOLS I USE TO MAKE THIS RECIPE EASILY:
- 2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cup water
- Place the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring.
- Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.