Have you passed on making a recipe because it called for simple syrup and you didn’t feel like running to the specialty store and paying four – five bucks for a small bottle of sugar water? Well, pull out those recipes because you can make simple syrup yourself easily and inexpensively! I use unrefined sugar when I make simple syrup. If you use white sugar, your simple syrup will be clear, unless you make one of the colored variations listed at the bottom of the recipe.
Yield: 1 1/4 cup
Prep Time: 1 – 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 minutes
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Add water and sugar to a saucepan and cook over a medium flame until it reaches a boil. Cook for 1 -2 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and let sit to cool to room temperature.
Use simple syrup in a recipe or store it in a clean glass jar with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to a 6 months.
This recipe can be doubled or tripled.
Add the zest of one orange.
Add the zest of one lemon.
Add 1 -2 tablespoons minced mint leaves.
Replace half of the water with rose water.
Replace the water with coffee.
You can strain the larger bits through a sieve, but I like to leave them in.
Recipes that Use Simple Syrup: