You see it in the Cocktail Recipe books, so you go looking to buy it… but save your money, here is a recipe for Simple Syrup for Cocktails that is easy to make and will be an essential for your bar!
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What is Simple Syrup? And What is it Good For?
Simple Syrup, in the most basic terms, is liquefied Sugar. It’s great to use for sweetening cocktails because there is no issue with getting the grains of sugar to dissolve. You will need it to create Daiquiris, Hurricanes, Old Fashioneds and Mai Tais… (It’s also great to have on the table when you are serving Iced Tea… No endless stirring to get the sugar to melt).
You can find Simple Syrup in the Grocery Store. At my store it’s kept in the adult beverages section. (My goodness, all KINDS of fun things are in that section!)
Or, you can easily make your own simple syrup, and keep it in a squeeze bottle.
Recipe for Simple Syrup for Cocktails
1 part sugar
1 part water
(so, if you have a cup of sugar, you add a cup of water)
Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring all the time.
When the Sugar is completely disolved, take the pan off of the heat.
Let it cool.
Store this in the refrigerator for a few weeks, and use as needed.
You can also experiment with different kinds of sugar… turbinado or brown sugar will make a deep, rich, molasses flavored simple syrup that could add a certain something to your favorite bourbon cocktails.
It’s also possible to experiment with flavors by infusing your simple syrup with herbs. Try adding fresh basil or lavender to the pot while you are making the Simple Syrup. Let it cool and infuse for a week… then strain and bottle.
Don’t want to Bother making your own? You Can Buy Simple Syrup