Simple syrup is a mixture of granulated sugar and water that is heated until the sugar dissolves, creating a syrupy liquid. The ratio of sugar to water can vary, but a common ratio is equal parts sugar and water. Simple syrup is commonly used as a sweetener in cocktails and other beverages because it dissolves easily and blends well with other ingredients. It can also be used as a base for flavored syrups by adding ingredients such as herbs, fruits, or spices during the heating process.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and water.
- Heat the mixture over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the simple syrup to cool completely.
- Once cooled, transfer the simple syrup to a jar or bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Note: For flavored simple syrup, add herbs, fruits or spices to the mixture while heating and remove them once the sugar is dissolved.