Homemade Simple Syrup

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The best way to sweeten iced drinks is with simple syrup. Made of just 2 ingredients, sugar and water, it’s super easy to make at home in less than 5 minutes.

Homemade simple syrup in a glass bottle with a little bowl of granulated sugar.

Recipe Highlights

  • Simple syrup is a fancy name for sugar that has been dissolved in water. With just two ingredients (sugar and water), it’s so easy to make at home.
  • Sweeten iced drinks with simple syrup instead of sugar since it’ll mix well into the cold beverage unlike sugar which will just sink down to the bottom of the cup.
  • Can be used to sweeten hot and cold drinks.
  • This recipe makes a cup of simple syrup and 1-2 tablespoons can be added to sweeten your drink.

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Ingredient Notes

Simple syrup ingredients.
  • Sugar
    White, granulated sugar is used to make basic simple sugar but you can use any kind of sugar you like.
  • Water
    Use filtered water, if possible, for a better quality simple syrup.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

For full ingredients and instructions, scroll down to the recipe.

  1. Put sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer.
    Simmer on low heat and stir until sugar completely dissolves.
  2. Take off heat and cool.
  3. Pour syrup into an airtight container.
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Simple Syrup Uses

  • Stir simple syrup into iced teas and iced coffees to sweeten.
  • Make quick lemonade by shaking lemon juice, simple syrup, and water in a cocktail shaker.
  • Whisk half & half with some simple syrup to make delicious cold foam for drinks.

Expert Tips

  • This recipe makes a cup (16 tablespoons) of simple syrup. Use 1-2 tablespoons of syrup to sweeten a drink.
  • The syrup is good for 3 weeks when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Always use simple syrup to sweeten iced drinks since it’ll best stir into a cold drink.

Questions You May Have

Can I make simple syrup without hot water?

Yes! But it does take more time and effort. Put water and sugar into an airtight container, like a jar with a tight lid, and shake it vigorously until sugar dissolves.

What is rich syrup?

Rich simple syrup is a simple syrup made with a different ratio of sugar and water. Simple syrup is 1 part sugar and 1 part water. Rich simple syrup, or shortened to rich syrup, is 2 parts sugar and 1 part water.

How is Starbucks simple syrup made?

The simple syrup at Starbucks is called the Classic syrup and it’s a little sweeter so I suspect it’s made with 1.5 part sugar and 1 part water.

Simple syrup in a glass bottle.

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Homemade Simple Syrup

Author: Jee Choe
Made of just 2 ingredients, it's super easy to make simple syrup home in less than 5 minutes.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 4 mins
Total Time 4 mins
Course Drinks
Yield8 servings

INGREDIENTS
 

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ¾ cup water

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put sugar and water in a saucepan and simmer.
    Simmer on low heat and stir until sugar completely dissolves.
  • Take off heat and cool.
  • Pour syrup into an airtight container.
    Syrup will keep for 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

NOTES

  • Recipe makes 1 cup (16 tablespoons) of syrup.
  • Use 2 tablespoons of syrup per 1 cup of coffee.
  • To make simple syrup without hot water, put water and sugar into an airtight container, like a jar with a tight lid, and shake it vigorously until sugar dissolves.

NUTRITION

Calories: 73 | Carbohydrates: 19g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 1mg | Sugar: 19g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg
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