Friday, June 26, 2009

How to Make Simple Syrup

Basic simple syrup mixture for beverages, cocktails and glazes.

How to Make Simple Syrup

This is for a medium thick simple syrup with a 2:1 ratio, which will cover most of your beverage needs - such as lemonade, iced tea, cocktails and coffee. You can also do a 1:1 ratio and a 3:1 ratio, depending on the thickness needed. A thicker ratio would be used in baking for glazes. A thinner ratio might be used for some cold drinks.

Microwave Simple Syrup

This is the one I use.  Combine 2 parts sugar with 1 part water in a microwave safe container. Stir together well and microwave on high until boiling, usually about 2-5 minutes, depending on amount. Stir, and return to microwave if needed, and continue boiling until sugar has dissolved and mixture is clear. Do not overboil or you will end up with candy! Stir and set aside to cool at room temperature. Store in refrigerator up to 2 months.

Boiled Simple Syrup

Combine 2 parts sugar with 1 part water in a saucepan and bring to a bring to a boil, stirring constantly and continue boiling until all the sugar dissolves and mixture is clear. Set aside to cool before using. Store in refrigerator up to 2 months.

Infused Simple Syrup

Combine 2 parts sugar with 1 part water and the infusion (such as mint leaves or hot peppers) in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly and continue boiling until all the sugar dissolves and mixture is clear. Set aside for about 12 hours, occasionally stirring.

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  1. Halloo dearie -- it's a bit like making nectar for the hummingbirds, isn't it? Thank'ee for the recipe, I had forgotten all about making these syrups for beverages!

  2. Simple syrup is such a great thing to know how to make - so versatile! Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Have you tried this with mint? Wondering if you could make it "minty" enough for mojitos.

    1. Yes, indeed! I work as a caterer and have made many large batches of mint simple syrup for just that purpose.

  4. Has anyone added lemons and or lemon juice to this?

  5. I use simple syrup for sweet tea when I have people coming over that like unsweetened tea or don't like it as sweet as I do lol. I have only used the 1:1 ratio using a saucepan. Never thought of using the microwave. Thanks for the tip.

    1. I actually use simple syrup in my iced tea too most of summer to conserve ice cubes because we drink more of it. The microwave is a handy tool for that!

  6. So if you were to use this as a sno come syrup would you wait to add koolaid until you have boiled it????

    1. Hey Scott! This is actually a base recipe for simple syrup that can be used in many different applications from iced tea to cocktails and even snowballs. For the snowballs, you boil the sugar and water first until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is completely clear. Then remove from the heat and add the flavoring and let it cool. The ingredients & instructions to make the syrup are further down on that page - you may not have scrolled down the page far enough to see the full recipe for the Sno-Cone Syrup: Just click here to go back. Hope that helps!


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