Cocktails 101 – Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup

A staple in any beverage makers repertoire, and just like it’s name, Oh so simple to make.  Simple Syrup is 1 part sugar to 1 part water. 

Bring 1 cup water to boil in a pot, add 1 cup granulated sugar.  Stir until it dissolves and remove from heat. 

Ever try to add packets of sugar to a refreshing glass of iced tea.  It seems like you can never get it sweet enough and that granulated sugar poured over the ice cubes just never melts.  Now if you had simple syrup, you could pour your desired amount and have a perfectly dissolved and sweetened glass of tea.


But as a bartender, simple syrup can be the difference between and ordinary drink and a tasty cocktail. 

Mint - Spearmint

For me the beauty of simple syrups is that you can make them any flavor you like.  I usually use whatever is in season, or I have an abundance of.  Or I duplicate the flavors to add depth to my cocktails.  I also like to experiment with herbs and spices to come up with different combinations and discover new twists on my old standbys.

Cinnamon & Clove Simple Syrup

Some of my favorite things to flavor my simple syrups with are lemons, cinnamon, mint, ginger and cloves.   Start with your favorite flavors, then try your favorite herbs.  Don’t be put off  because it doesn’t sound like it goes together.  You’d be surprised what you discover. 


SIDEBAR:  If you are dieting, diabetic, or just watching calories, a low cal alternative can be made with Splenda. 

#1 Version:  Substitute a portion of your sugar for splenda.  You need half as much splenda for every part sugar. . . .So . . . .

Boil 1 cup water, add 1/2 cup sugar – remove from heat then add 1/4 cup Splenda. 

This allows you to control the sweetness and your calories, while still adding unique flavors.


Published in: on August 31, 2011 at 9:00 am  Leave a Comment  

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