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Mindlessly Easy Simple Syrup

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

Simple syrup can be a baker’s best friend, a bartender’s secret weapon, and an iced tea drinker’s dream come true. And it’s absolutely easy to make on your own, right this very minute.

It’s five o’clock somewhere! There’s a long-running joke behind the bar that goes something like this: “It’s not called ‘Complicated Syrup’!” and it’s just about every bartender’s go-to joke when they see one of their coworkers muck up the simple syrup.

Nothing adds a touch of whimsy to a hand-crafted cocktail like flavored simple syrup. If you can boil water, you can make simple syrup. It's as simple as that. The staple cocktail sweetener more than earns its name, consisting, simply, of equal-parts granulated sugar and water. From there, the variations are endless. Like your sweetener sweeter?

It’s funny how many at-home mixologists never make their own simple syrup and instead reach for honey or agave. While these golden nectars certainly have their place, they can significantly affect the taste and color of the cocktail. The translucent simple syrup is pure sweetener and a must-have for modern drink making.

Sweetness. It’s one of our five main tastes, and it’s a key component to any good drink, helping balance acid, bitterness and even booze. There’s a reason why it isn’t called “Complicated Syrup”. As we previously mentioned, if you can heat water on a stove-top, you’re on your way to making drinks like a pro. But it can be a little complicated and daunting if you’ve never had to do it before.

Once you have a bottle of simple syrup in the fridge, you’ll find so many uses for it. Iced coffee is my special pick-me-up on a sleepy afternoon. A few drops of this syrup in my glass give me the boost I am craving. Simple syrup is also great in homemade iced tea and lemonade! How about that bowl of strawberries or a citrus salad? Simple syrup is a great all-purpose glaze for cakes and fruitcakes, adding moisture and a bit of sweetness. Simple syrup is the key to making a quick dessert, since there’s no waiting for the sugar to dissolve. Add some whipped cream and boom you’re in business.


1. 1 cup water,

2. 1 cup granulated sugar


1. Heat the water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until hot, but do not bring to a boil.

2.Add the sugar and stir until fully dissolved.

3.Let the syrup cool to room temperature before using or storing. Using a funnel if needed.


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