How to Make Simple Syrup

Simple syrup, as the names states is a simple both in terms of ingredients as well as the process involved in making it. This syrup is often used in cocktails and drink recipes as well as a base for fruit sauces, jams, toppings and preserves.

One common variation of this basic sugar syrup involves replacing white sugar with Demerara sugar (a raw sugar). This sugar has richer flavour but its colour can affect the appearance of the drink. Nevertheless, people who don’t want to use chemically fabricated sugar always prefer that.

Prep time: 5 minutes

White sugar: 1 cup
Water: 1 cup


  • 1

    Get the Saucepan Ready

    Pour the water and sugar into your saucepan and place on a stove top burner set to high.

  • 2

    Stir It Up

    As the water heats, stir it constantly ensuring that the water and sugar blend well.

  • 3

    Boil It

    Continue stirring until the mixture begins to boil vigorously. Let it be in this condition for 30 seconds to one minute.

  • 4

    Remove from burner

    Remove the mixture from the burner and allow it to cool. At this point, it would be beneficial to pour the syrup into a container that you will be using to store it. Allow the syrup to sit until it cools.

  • 5

    Use and Store

    Once cooled, the syrup can be used in various drinks or recipes. The balance can be stored in a container with a tight lid for many weeks.

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