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How To Make Simple Syrup

Updated on March 18, 2014
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Many cocktail and pastry recipes call for simple syrup. To most, it is not something you have readily at hand in your home. Or do you? Truth is, simple syrup is nothing more than granulated sugar and tap water. And it's name suits it well, because it really couldn't be simpler to make. Most of us, when planning our drink or dessert recipes, have overpaid for the simple syrup at our local food or beverage market. Now you can make your own for pennies! Assuming you have the ingredients, it will take less than 10 minutes to make. Just follow the easy steps below, and you will have simple syrup at hand in your refrigerator for all of your future needs!

Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 6 min
Ready in: 8 min
Yields: 2 cups of simple syrup


  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar


  1. Pour the cold water into a small saucepan.
  2. Stir in the granulated sugar.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat while stirring occasionaly.
  4. Reduce the heat to low. Continue to stir occasionally until the sugar is completely dissolved. (When done the mixture should have a smooth consistency without any clumps or visible sugar crystals.)
  5. Remove from heat, and allow the syrup to cool to room temperature.
  6. Bottle your simple syrup. I recommend using an empty plastic squeezable condiment container. (This will give you easy access for use in all of your beverage recipes, and eliminate the hassle of washing unnecessary utensils.)
  7. Store your simple syrup in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 Tbsp
Calories 29
Calories from Fat0
% Daily Value *
Fat 0 g
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 7 g2%
Protein 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Now that you've acquired the know-how to prepare homemade simple syrup, you will save a little time and money on your next cocktail party. Enjoy!

Quick Tips:

  • Use simple syrup to add moisture and sweetness to your favorite cake and pastry recipes.
  • To use simple syrup on your baked goods, I recommend making it a bit thinner. This can be done by using 1 cup of granulated sugar per 1 cup of water, as opposed to the 2 cups of sugar you would use for the cocktail syrup. This thinner consistency will allow you to spread the syrup evenly over your pastry with a brush, ladle or other utensil.


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      Barkley Rosehill 8 years ago from Philadelphia

      In the summer I make snow cones for the kids in all different flavors, and simple syrup really sweetens them up. In the past I was buying simple syrup, but now that I know how easy it is to make I will save some money and make own! Thanks for the simple recipe, I will definately bookmark this one!