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
- Bring the water to a boil.
- Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly.
- 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.)
- 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.
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.
- Apple-Cinnamon Syrup in The Clean Slate
- Banana Syrup in a Banana Hammock
- Basil Syrup in a Basil B. Bennett
- Brown Sugar Spiced Simple Syrup
- Cardamom Simple Syrup
- Cherry-Cinnamon Simple Syrup in a Bacon Cherry Creek
- Chipotle-Orange Syrup in a Fall Spice Cordial
- Cinnamon Simple Syrup
- Cinnamon-Vanilla Simple Syrup in a Poinsettia Punch
- Cranberry Spice Syrup in a Spiced Silver Bell
- Eucalyptus Simple Syrup
- Ginger Simple Syrup in a Beet Down #2
- Ginger Simple Syrup in a Stoli Alibi
- Ginger-Habanero Simple Syrup in The Chadwick
- Jalapeno Brown Sugar Syrup in an Épicé Sidecar
- Lavender Simple Syrup
- Lime Syrup in Sweetheart Sizzle
- Mint-Citrus Simple Syrup in a Dragon's Heart
- Moroccan Citrus Syrup in The 5/25
- Orange Flower Simple Syrup in the Regent's Punch
- Parsley-Lemon Simple Syrup in La Dame Blasée
- Rose Simple Syrup
- Rosemary Simple Syrup in Plush Punch
- Rosemary-Agave Simple Syrup in Queen Bee
- Sencha Green Tea Simple Syrup in Cucumber-Tea-Ni
- Serrano/Mint Simple Syrup in The Sweaty Hipster
- Spiced Chipotle Syrup in Plantation Fever
- Toffee Syrup in a Belvedere Toffee Apple
- Vanilla Simple Syrup
- Vanilla-Ginger Simple Syrup
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.
More on Simple Syrup:
- Simple Syrup: It's Good to be Rich - on Alcademics.com