Simple Syrup Basics

Published on Jan 16th, 2018

This syrup is very easy to make, requiring only two ingredients in equal portions – sugar and water.  Just add one part sugar to one part water and heat the mixture until sugar dissolves, over medium heat. Once the sugar dissolves and the mixture is clear, immediately remove from stove. It will produce around one and a half cups of syrup. Allow the mixture to cool at room temperature. Now you have a classic simple syrup to use with your cocktails.

Simple syrup can be made from different varieties of sugar – white, cane or turbinado sugar. The later produces caramel-like flavor which is also called Demerara syrup.  Note that darker syrups can alter the color of your cocktail, so if you are making clear or lighter color cocktails, use white sugar to make your syrup.

You can also make your own flavored syrups, by simply adding herbs, fruits or spices to the mix and allow it to get infused for at least an hour.  It’s important to sift the syrup after infusion, as the ingredients will shorten its shelf life if left in the bottle. Basic syrup can be stored in a refrigerator and in an airtight container for up to 4 weeks, flavored ones last up to 2 weeks.

This is your turn to be creative and play mixologist! Don’t be afraid to experiment!