How To Make Simple Syrup

How To Make Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is simply a mixture of granulated sugar and water. It is a must in any well-stocked bar. Granulated sugar will not dissolve easily in alcohol but simple syrup will. It is used for drinks that require a sweetener ingredient,  such as a Daiquiri.    You use simple syrup so that you don’t end up with undissolved sugar crystals in the drink.  The common ratio is 2:1 (water-sugar).


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  • You need 1 cup of granulated sugar (1) and 2 cups of cold water (2).
  • Place sugar and water in a saucepan (3).
  • Bring to a gentle boil stirring constantly (4).
  • Reduce to medium heat stirring constantly (5).
  • Stir until sugar has completely dissolved (6).
  • You shouldn’t see any sugar crystals (7).
  • Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Transfer to a glass container (8).
  • Store in the refrigerator. Will keep for up to 3-4 months.

For a thick simple syrup use 1:1 ratio or adjust to your needs.

The process takes about 10 – 15 minutes. Making simple syrup on the stove assures that you won’t get sugar crystals after a few weeks in the fridge. Need simple syrup on the fly? Use boiling water from a kettle.


Brown syrup is made the same way as simple syrup and use the same ratio of sugar/water. Brown syrup has a rich flavour that blends well with dark rum  and hot toddy drinks. Use judiciously, it can overpower other ingredients and change the colour of a cocktail.