Homemade Simple Syrup(s)

Cook Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

  • Sugar (equal parts)
  • Water (equal parts)

Do This in This Order

  1. Bring water to boil in a medium sauce pan.
  2. Slowly pour in sugar, stirring until the sugar disappears.
  3. Let boil for 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove from heat and cool in pan for 20-30 minutes (or however long it takes)
  5. Store in airtight container in fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Ah, yes – simple syrup. The mother of all timeless drink mixers.

Simple syrup will get you far in life; not only can you use it to make delicious cocktails and sweeten non-alcoholic drinks (coffee, tea, etc.), you can also use it to make a ton of different sauces and desserts. It’s as versatile as it gets. And when you make it yourself, you leave any nasty preservatives and food colorings (aka chemicals) out of the picture.

The first time you make your own simple syrup, you’ll be amazed at how truly easy it is, and you’ll also be astonishingly proud of yourself. It doesn’t even take practice to get it perfect. Just don’t burn it, k?

Simple Syrup Variations

Spicing up your simple syrup (literally) is also surprisingly easy. Just pick some of your favorite flavors and add to the simple syrup right before you remove it from the heat.

Here are some of our favorite variations:

  • Sprite: Add a handful of lemon & lime peels right before removing from the heat.
  • Blueberry Mint: Stir in a handful of blueberries right after you add the sugar and let boil. Add a modest amount of mint leaves when you remove from heat. Make sure to strain before refrigerating.
  • Vanilla: Drop in as much pure vanilla extract as you’re willing to sacrifice near the end of the boiling and stir.
  • Ginger: Peel and dice 1-2 small stalks of fresh ginger before beginning. Add to boiling water right after the sugar disappears. Simmer on stove for an extra 15 minutes. Strain before refrigerating.
  • Coming Soon: Cherry, Lavender, Coffee