A key ingredient in many cocktails and coffee drinks, Simple Syrup is a kitchen staple. Just two ingredients, a few minutes on the stovetop and you have one secret ingredient for all your cool beverages.
This is silly….sharing how to make simple syrup with all of you. But really, who likes little sugar granules floating around in the bottom of their iced tea or martini. Not to mention the waves of sweet and not so sweet when sucking your drink up through a straw. And there are a few different camps on how to make simple syrup regarding the ratios of water to sugar. Oh, yeah…that’s all it is, two ingredients…water and sugar.
I like my simple syrup a little thicker than the average person, I’m more of a 2:1 fan. Two parts sugar to one part water. More like a corn syrup consistency and less watery than the 1:1 ratio. I don’t have any scientific reason on WHY I like it this way, I just do. I like how it swirls in the beverage when I pour it into the glass and I love how well it blends. Especially in my Cold Brew Coffee.
Simple Syrup is easy to customize too…want a lemon simple syrup, add some zest to the water when cooking. Lavender works well too. It all depends on what your going to use it for, like a mad scientist…the options are limitless! Be sure to whip some up for the holiday too, it’s the best way to sweeten those holiday cocktails. You can even add to THIS smoothie recipe in place of honey or agave.
How to Make Simple Syrup
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring the mixture to a simmer over low heat and cook until the sugar is dissolved complete. Transfer to a jar or other airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.