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Make a Simple Syrup Recipe for Cocktails, Coffee, and Other Drinks

Simple syrup is, as the name implies, very simple to make and it is an essential item to stock in any bar or kitchen. Also called sugar syrup, you will find it in many mixed drinks including the Mojito, Daiquiri, and Hurricane and it can be used for your coffee, tea, and homemade sodas as well.
This sweetener is primarily used as a substitute for cane sugar because the sugar is already dissolved into the syrup. Simple syrup adds a rich volume to drinks and there are a few ways to make it.
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 two to three months.
When the only ingredients are sugar and water, there's really no reason why you shouldn't be making simple syrup at home.

Rich Simple Syrup Rich simple syrup simply means that you're using more sugar than water to create a richer syrup. It is a 2:1 ratio and you can often use a little less syrup than a drink recipe calls for.
You can also make this simple syrup with equal parts (1:1) of sugar and water. It will be a little thinner and it will add just a touch of sweetness to your drinks. I prefer to use this ratio with flavored syrups.

What You'll Need
  • 2 parts sugar
  • 1 part water
How to Make It
  • Bring the water to a boil.
  • Dissolve the sugar in the boiling water, stirring constantly.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved completely, reduce the heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 10 to 15 minutes (the more sugar, the less simmering time).
  • Remove the pan from the heat.
  • Allow to cool completely and thicken, then bottle.

Note: Do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick once it cools. 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.