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Simple Syrup

Maili HalmeComment
Simple Syrup
all photography,  Blue Caleel

all photography, Blue Caleel

Pour boiling water directly over sugar.

The mixture will be cloudy at first.  Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar crystals are dissolved.


The syrup will be clear when the sugar crystals are dissolved.

Never buy expensive pre-made simple syrup because it is truly one of the easiest and quickest things to make. It is a simple one-to-one ratio. So, if you want to make more, you can use 3 cups of sugar to 3 cups of water, or 10 cups of sugar to 10 cups of water-- you get the idea.  



Makes 2 cups

1 cup granulated sugar
I cup water

Put sugar in a heat-proof container. A glass canning jar is ideal, but a glass measuring cup works as well.

Boil water in an electric tea kettle or on the stove. Pour boiling water directly over the sugar.

Stir sugar with a wooden spoon until the crystals dissolve and the mixture is clear. Let it cool to use with cold drinks. You can use the syrup immediately, or make it in advance for a party. To store: let is cool, cover with a lid, and keep it refrigerated for up to six months.

Maili's Notes: I highly recommend storing the simple syrup in a clean glass container versus a plastic container.  Plastic is harder to get completely clean, and if there is anything left in a plastic container, the simple syrup can mold.  So, to keep it fresh and pure, use glass for storage in a refrigerator up to six months.

If you decide to make a flavored syrup with items such as a lemon peel, an orange, chilies, or an herb or flower, the storage life will be shorter, only about two weeks.  


Note that the final simple syrup in the middle is quite clear.  Simple syrup can be used in many cocktails and mixed drinks, as well as a number of sauces. However, my favorite way to use it is for Freshly Squeezed Lemonade. Click here for the recipe.