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Simple Syrup

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Simple Syrup
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Makes: 1 servings adjust
Simple (or sugar) syrup is, as the name implies, very simple to make and is an essential item to stock in any bar. You will find it in many mixed drinks including Mojitos, Daiquiris and Hurricanes. This sweetener is primarily used as a substitute for raw sugar and adds rich volume, but can be made in a variety of ways.

Making your own simple syrup is also more economical than buying it at the store. You can make as small or as large a batch as you wish and store it in the refrigerator in a well sealed bottle for around 6 months.

Rich Simple Syrup:
With this variation you can use less syrup than a cocktail calls for.

Demerara Syrup:
Replacing white sugar with Demerara sugar (a raw sugar) is a popular alternative because it has a richer sugar flavor. The drawback to using this light brown sugar is that it will alter the color of cocktails and while the difference is noticeable, the taste makes up for it. Another option is to use turbinado or brown sugars.



  • 1 part Water

Step 1

Bring the water to a boil.


  • 2 parts Sugar

Step 2

Dissolve the sugar into the boiling water, stirring constantly.

Step 3

Once the sugar is dissolved completely, remove the pan from the heat. (Note: Do not allow the syrup to boil for too long or the syrup will be too thick.)

Step 4

Allow to cool completely and thicken, then bottle.
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