Have you ever come a cross a recipe or cocktail that calls for the ingredient Simple Syrup and wondered “what the hell is that?”
Well I’m here to tell you all about this magic ingredient that is so versatile you’ll want to use it all the time.
What is Simple Syrup?
Simple syrup is essentially a sugar solution – just sugar boiled in water until it dissolves. It’s a super useful way to sweeten drinks, cocktails and other recipes where it’s not convenient to add granulated sugar.
You can also use it in baking to moisten cakes, glaze fruit or make sorbets.
I like having some on hand to sweeten homemade lemonade and iced tea. It is perfect for sweetening your cold drinks where regular sugar wouldn’t normally dissolve with ease.
Simple syrup really comes in handy for making cocktails – it’s a bartenders best friend as most cocktail recipes use simple syrup as a sweetening agent. I’ve made this batch for some cocktail recipes I’ll be sharing soon.
It’s very easy to make, the basic recipe is 1 part sugar to 1 part water. The finished product is very slightly viscous but not as thick as maple syrup or honey.
Syrups keep well for a month or even longer when stored in the fridge in a well sealed container.
Making Flavoured Syrups
If you are feeling creative add flavourings like lemon peel, herbs or even lavender to make delicious flavoured syrups.
Here are some flavouring ideas:
- Lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit zest
- Whole cinnamon sticks, vanilla bean (split open the beans,) cloves, cardamom pods, star anis.
- lavender, basil leaves, mint leaves, rosemary sprigs, lemongrass.
- ginger root (peeled and cut into rounds or coarsely chopped)
Just add the flavoring (of your choice) once the water and sugar are done boiling and removed from the heat source. Let sit approximately 20 to 30 minutes to infuse the Simple Syrup. Strain out the flavoring before using or bottling. You can also simmer the flavorings when the sugar and water boil.
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1 cup boiling water
- Combine sugar and boiling water in a small saucepan.
- Warm on a low heat while stirring to dissolve sugar.
- Simmer gently for about 1 minute and then turn off heat.
- Pour into a clean jar or bottle and leave to cool.
- The mixture will thicken slightly on cooling.
Will keep for about 1 month.