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Vanilla Simple Syrup Recipe


Vanilla Bean Photograph

Vanilla Bean

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The perfectly flavored drink sweetener, this sugar syrup has the pure flavor of real vanilla beans. This Vanilla Simple Syrup can be mixed to create some fantastic cocktails including Woodford Reserve's Champagne Cocktail and The Spice Trade.

Depending on where you live, vanilla beans can be expensive so I usually use only one bean, though you could use two. With the long infusion time suggested here, one bean usually makes a very flavorful syrup. The single bean can also be used to make more simple syrup in the same batch. I've had success with making 3 cups of syrup (3 cups water, 6 cups sugar) with one bean.

This recipe makes 1 cup of simple syrup and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Prep Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: 1 cup



  1. Bring the sugar and water to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Split the vanilla beans lengthwise into halves and place in a heatproof jar or bottle.
  3. Pour the hot syrup over the vanilla beans, cover, and let stand for 8 to 10 hours.
  4. Remove the bean, bottle, and store in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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