How to Make Simple Syrup

Simple Syrup Recipe

This simple syrup recipe is easy and one to keep around to use with cocktails, drinks, and even baking. And if you can boil water, you can make this simple syrup.

The staple cocktail sweetener more than earns its name, consisting, simply, of equal-parts granulated sugar and water. From there, the variations are endless.

Also called sugar syrup, this sweetener is primarily used as a substitute for granulated sugar. Since the sugar is already dissolved into the syrup, it’s much easier to add to cold beverages, and it works just as well for hot drinks.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup of water


  1. Add the sugar and water to a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  3. Put aside and let the liquid cool.
  4. Pour into a glass jar and seal tightly with a lid.
  5. Keep refrigerated (will last for about one month).
  6. Enjoy with your favourite drink recipes.

Recipe notes

Simple syrup is made with equal parts (one-to-one) of sugar and water. But if you like your’s sweeter, then up the ratio to two-to-one of sugar and water.

You can make flavoured syrup it in two different ways. The first is to add your aromatics to the boiling syrup. For example, add mint leaves to make simple syrup well….minty. Alternatively, try adding citrus rinds for citrusy flavours.

The other way is to use juice instead of water. For example, try pomegranate juice, sugar, and rosemary sprigs to create a fruity and herby syrup.