A perfectly flavored drink sweetener, this sugar syrup has the pure taste of real vanilla beans. This homemade vanilla syrup can be added to many cocktails
One thing that you will notice about this syrup recipe versus many others is that it uses 2 parts sugar to just 1 part water. I think that this is preferable with vanilla because it creates a richer syrup that really allows the flavor to shine.
This recipe makes 1 cup of simple syrup and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1-2 weeks.
You can easily increase this recipe to make a larger batch.
Depending on where you shop, vanilla beans can be expensive so I typically use only one bean for a batch of syrup. If you find a good deal, you could use two beans, but the long infusion time will make a very flavorful syrup with just one bean.
A 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.
Vanilla Extract Substitute I have successfully made a vanilla simple syrup using vanilla extract when I was out of whole beans. This is considerably easier, especially if you have the extract available for your baked goods. The taste is similar, but not quite the same or as intense as it is with a real bean. It does a fair job in most cocktails and is considerably cheaper. All you need to do is add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to the sugar and water mix above. A long steeping time is not necessary and the syrup will be ready for use as soon as its cool.
There are not many cocktail recipes that specifically call for vanilla simple syrup. That does not mean that it is not a useful ingredient in the bar.
I would recommend using it in drinks that use plain simple syrup where you think vanilla would be a nice complement.
The nice thing about vanilla is that it's very transparent and has a wide pairing range.
Here are a few suggestions to get you started...