Simple Syrup at its Simplest

Let’s start simple: simple syrup that is!

I wanted to talk about how easy it is to make simple syrup. Simple syrup is not only something you will see in many alcoholic drinks, but also can be used for iced coffee, iced tea, and the sweetening of smoothies. If you go to your local grocery store’s mixer aisle, you are going to see simple syrup in these hoity-toity bottles and they are going to charge you big time for it.

I saw them as much as $4.00. I thought, this is absolutely ridiculous! Especially since I would rather make it myself. You are going to charge me for what? Sugar, water, and a fancy glass bottle?

No way. You’re not going to pull that wool over my eyes. 

Simple syrup is so easy to make, it’s nearly foolproof and you’re going to wonder why it wasn’t in your refrigerator earlier.

One thing that is important to note is that you are going to need some sort of glass container. I found one with a cork at my local dollar store. It holds liquids and it doesn’t leak when it is standing upright. It’s doing its job and that’s all I needed!

If you can get your hands on a container with a vacuum seal top, that would be even better. That way, if it falls over in your refrigerator, there is no spillage.

Now, there are two different concentrations of simple syrup: a two to one ratio and a one to one ratio. The two to one ratio is sweeter, containing twice the amount of sugar. You can make either one you want; I prefer the one-to-one ratio myself.

I’m almost embarrassed to call this a recipe, it’s so simple. You have to start out with the basics though, right? Be sure to keep it in your refrigerator and add it to your next drink to sweeten things up a bit. Let me know how yours came out in the comments below.



Simple syrup
Simple syrup

Simple Syrup

  • Yield About 1.25 cups
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 5 minutes

Goods you need

  • 1 cup granulated sugar (see pro tip below)
  • 1 cup water

Let's get to it!

  1. In a small saucepan, bring water to a boil on high heat.

  2. Once water has boiled, add your desired amount of sugar. Bring mixture down to medium heat. Stir until all sugar is dissolved.

  3. Take the saucepan off the stove and allow your solution to cool. When it has cooled, use a funnel to get the liquid into the receptacle of your choice.

Pro tips

If you are making a sweeter simple syrup, use two cups of sugar instead of one.

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