December 3, 2005

Make Your Own Simple Syrup For Cocktails

SugarOne things we've been noticing lately as we troll the Web and other resources for cocktail recipes, a lot of the drink recipes we find call for simple syrup. Plus, even if the recipe you're using doesn't call for simple syrup (AKA simple sugar), you can use it as a replacement in any recipe that calls for granulated sugar. Quite often, the sugar won't fully dissolve unless you give it a good muddling, so if you get sick of grainy clumps of sugar in your nice drinks, the liquid form is the way to go.

Quite often, you can buy simple syrup wherever you shop for your other liquor supplies, but it's often overpriced for what you get - sugar dissolved in water. We've found a cheap and easy way for you to have simple syrup on hand at all times by making it yourself.

Simple Syrup Recipe

  1. Put one cup of water in a small saucepan.
  2. Add two cups of sugar.
  3. Heat to a boil while stirring.
  4. Reduce heat and continue to stir until the sugar dissolves.
  5. Cool to room temperature.
  6. Find a clean container that will hold at least a cup and a half.
  7. Using a funnel, pour liquid into container.
  8. Seal and store in refrigerator indefinitely.
  9. Use whenever a recipe calls for simple sugar or simple syrup.

It's also possible to tweak the recipe to fit the drinks you're making. For example, we found a recipe for Minted Simple Syrup at, which would go great in your next batch of Mint Juleps.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at December 3, 2005 11:46 AM
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I've seen recipes that add a shot of vodka per quart to make the syrup shelf stable.

Posted by: Chris at December 9, 2005 12:20 AM

Try "Bakers Sugar" - it is a superfine (NOT powdered) sugar that will dissolve even in very cold fluids. I use it instead of syrup - and then you can choose how much water to add, if any.

And if you insist you can even make syrup in a water bottle with the 2 to 1 ratio and no water boiling: Just put 2 parts bakers sugar and 1 part water in the bottle and give it a good shake - it will be cloudy for a few minutes but will then clear up.

C&H Bakers Sugar is a brand we have locally and it's probably available at least all over the West if not farther.

- j

Posted by: Jeff at December 3, 2005 4:59 PM
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