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How to Make Simple Syrup

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How to Make Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

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Simple (or sugar) syrup is, as the name implies, very simple to make and is an essential item to stock in any bar. You will find it in many mixed drinks including Mojitos, Daiquiris and Hurricanes. This sweetener is primarily used as a substitute for raw sugar and adds rich volume, but can be made in a variety of ways.

Making your own simple syrup is also more economical than buying it at the store. You can make as small or as large a batch as you wish and store it in the refrigerator in a well sealed bottle for around 6 months.

Rich Simple Syrup:
With this variation you can use less syrup than a cocktail calls for.

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


  • 2 parts sugar
  • 1 part water


  1. Bring the water to a boil.
  2. Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
  3. Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. (Note: Do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick.)
  4. Allow to cool completely and thicken, then bottle.

To prolong the shelf life of your simple syrup, add a little vodka - usually between a tablespoon and an ounce, depending on how large the batch of syrup is.

Demerara Syrup:
Replacing white sugar with Demerara sugar (a raw sugar) is a popular alternative because it has a richer sugar flavor. The drawback to using this light brown sugar is that it will alter the color of cocktails and while the difference is noticeable, the taste makes up for it. Another option is to use turbinado or brown sugars.

Bar Simple Syrup:
The easiest way to make simple syrup does not require a stove and can be made in minutes. Simply combine equal parts (1:1) sugar and water in a bottle and shake it until the sugar is completely dissolved. The result is a syrup that is thinner than rich simple syrup.

Flavor-infused simple syrups:
Simple syrup can also be infused with flavor and used in a variety of cocktails to add a unique twist.

Simple Syrup Substitutes:
There are a few alternatives to using simple syrup. The most popular in the bar are gomme (gum) syrup and agave nectar. Molasses and honey (or honey syrup) are other options, though they should be used selectively in cocktails.

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 5 out of 5
Simple Syrup, Member rossstacy

Very easy to make, I just keep a batch already made in my frig and whenever I need, it 's ready. Try the Lemondrop Martini with this. 1 1/2 oz vodka, 3/4 oz fresh sqeezed lemon, 1 tsp. simple syrup, shake over ice, and pour.

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