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Simple syrup in a jar.

How to Make Simple Syrup

Learn how to make Simple Syrup at home in minutes with just 2 ingredients: water and sugar. Use it in cocktails, iced tea, or brush it over baked goods.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 12 servings (1 ounce each)
Calories 65kcal



  • 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 a sterilized container and store covered in the refrigerator.


  1. Sugar: Regular white granulated sugar is the standard here. Use a 1:1 ratio (1 part sugar to 1 part water) for basic simple syrup, and a 2:1 ratio for rich simple syrup.
  2. Yield: 1 cup sugar + 1 cup water = 1 1/2 cups simple syrup
  3. Storage: Store simple syrup covered in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 weeks. Discard the simple syrup if it starts to get cloudy. To extend the shelf life to 3 months total, add 1 tablespoon vodka to the simple syrup before refrigerating. Sterilizing the jar(s) before adding simple syrup also extends the shelf life, too.


Serving: 1oz | Calories: 65kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 17g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg