As you can imagine, we get asked a lot of questions about cocktails. We are, after all, cocktail nerds…
Basic simple syrup is something that is easy to make, keeps well, and is an essential cocktail ingredient. While there are bottled simple syrups on the market, homemade simple syrup is super easy to make, and keeps well. It is (simply) equal parts granulated sugar and water, simmered until the sugar crystals dissolve. While a basic syrup is a 1:1 ratio, we like our syrup a bit richer.
1½ cup white sugar
1 cup water
Heat the sugar and water on the stove together, stirring often, until the sugar dissolves completely. Simmer for 5 minutes. Cool completely and pour into a clean glass container. Keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
- Demerara Sugar will give your cocktails a richer flavor
- Brown Sugar will impart an even richer, molasses note to your cocktails
- Honey Syrup plays beautifully in cocktails, and it’s easy to source locally (we like a 2:1 ratio of honey to water)
Keep in mind that these other syrups aren’t clear. They will add complexity, but may also alter the color of your cocktail.
Using a different syrup is a great way to bring your favorite cocktail into a different season. Try a classic summer sipper with a richer syrup, and suddenly, it’s your new favorite for a blustery day! And on that note, I’m off to make a Fresh Lime Gimlet with my new batch of simple syrup!