Make Simple Syrup at home in minutes with just 2 ingredients: water and sugar. Use it in cocktails, iced tea, or brushed over baked goods.

Simple syrup being poured into a glass jar.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Instructions
  3. Recipe tips and variations
  4. How to Make Simple Syrup Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled simple syrup ingredients in bowls.

Instructions

  • Combine equal parts sugar and water together over medium-low heat in a saucepan. Stir until just dissolved, then allow to cool before using. Store covered in the refrigerator.
Whisking water and sugar together in a saucepan to make simple syrup.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: 1 cup sugar + 1 cup water = 1 ½ cups simple syrup
  • Uses: Delicious in cold beverages like cocktails, iced tea, iced coffee, or lemonade.
  • Rich Simple Syrup: A more concentrated sugar syrup in a ratio of 2:1 (2 parts sugar to 1 part water). Simmer this for at least 10 minutes to make sure all the sugar crystals dissolve. This denser syrup is ideal for brushing on baked goods like pound cake or muffins.
  • Sour mix: Stir in 1 cup fresh lemon juice and ¾ cup fresh lemon juice to the cooled simple syrup recipe below (you’ll have about 3 ¼ cups sour mix).
  • Flavored syrup: Steep flavors in hot simple syrup, then strain out the flavoring ingredients. Store in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks. Some flavor ideas include fresh herbs (rosemary, mint, basil), spices (cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, fresh ginger root), citrus (orange or lemon zest), or even flowers (lavender, rose petals).
  • Hummingbird nectar: To feed your flying friends, combine 4 parts water and 1 part sugar over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Cool completely, then add to your hummingbird feeder. Do not add red food coloring.
  • Storage: Store simple, rich, and flavored syrups covered in the refrigerator.
    • Basic simple syrup: 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator.
    • Rich simple syrup: up to 6 months in the refrigerator
    • Demerara syrup: up to 6 months in the refrigerator
    • Flavored simple syrup: 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator

Lavender Simple Syrup

Make Lavender Simple Syrup at home with just 3 ingredients: water, sugar, and dried lavender flowers. It’s delicious in lemonade, cocktails, or brushed over baked goods.

50 minutes
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Cocktails with simple syrup

Simple syrup in a jar.

How to Make Simple Syrup

Make Simple Syrup at home in minutes with just 2 ingredients: water and sugar. Use it in cocktails, iced tea, or brushed over baked goods.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Servings 12 (1-ounce) servings
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 65

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water

Instructions 

  • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar. Stir until sugar is dissolved (do not boil). Remove from heat and cool completely. 
  • Pour into sterile container and store covered in the refrigerator.

Notes

  1. Yield: 1 cup sugar + 1 cup water = 1 ½ cups simple syrup
  2. Uses: Delicious in cold beverages like cocktails, iced tea, iced coffee, or lemonade.
  3. Rich Simple Syrup: A more concentrated sugar syrup in a ratio of 2:1 (2 parts sugar to 1 part water). Simmer this for at least 10 minutes to make sure all the sugar crystals dissolve. This denser syrup is ideal for brushing on baked goods like pound cake or muffins.
  4. Sour mix: Stir in 1 cup fresh lemon juice and ¾ cup fresh lemon juice to the cooled simple syrup recipe below (you’ll have about 3 ¼ cups sour mix).
  5. Flavored syrup: Steep flavors in hot simple syrup, then strain out the flavoring ingredients. Store in the refrigerator and use within 2 weeks. Some flavor ideas include fresh herbs (rosemary, mint, basil), spices (cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, fresh ginger root), citrus (orange or lemon zest), or even flowers (lavender, rose petals).
  6. Hummingbird nectar: To feed your flying friends, combine 4 parts water and 1 part sugar over medium-high heat until the sugar is dissolved. Cool completely, then add to your hummingbird feeder. Do not add red food coloring.
  7. Storage: Store simple, rich, and flavored syrups covered in the refrigerator.
    • Basic simple syrup: 3-4 weeks in the refrigerator.
    • Rich simple syrup: up to 6 months in the refrigerator
    • Demerara syrup: up to 6 months in the refrigerator
    • Flavored simple syrup: 1-2 weeks in the refrigerator

Nutrition

Calories: 65kcalCarbohydrates: 17gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 1mgSugar: 17gCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
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