Simple syrup is a sweet, viscous liquid made by dissolving sugar in water. It is commonly used in cocktails, iced tea, and other beverages to add sweetness and balance the flavors. It is also used in cooking and baking as a sweetener and to add moisture to dishes.
To make simple syrup, combine equal parts granulated sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar has completely dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let the syrup cool to room temperature. You can store the syrup in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a month.
There are a few variations of simple syrup that you can make depending on your needs:
Rich simple syrup: This syrup is made with a ratio of 2 parts sugar to 1 part water, making it thicker and sweeter than regular simple syrup. It is often used in cocktails that need a little extra sweetness and body.
Demerara simple syrup: This syrup is made with demerara sugar, which has a rich, molasses-like flavor. It is a good choice for cocktails that benefit from a deeper, more complex sweetness.
Flavored simple syrup: You can add any type of flavor you like to simple syrup by infusing it with herbs, spices, fruit, or other flavorings. To do this, add the flavorings to the sugar and water before heating the mixture. Steep the flavorings in the syrup for as long as desired, then strain the syrup before using it.
There are endless ways to use simple syrup in your cooking and drink making. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Sweeten iced tea or lemonade
- Make a simple syrup glaze for baked goods
- Add a splash of syrup to your coffee or espresso drinks
- Use it as a base for cocktails and mixed drinks
- Mix it with fruit juice to make a flavored syrup for pancakes or waffles
- Use it to moisten and sweeten cakes, bread pudding, and other desserts.