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What is Simple Syrup?

With the heat of summer a cool drink is always nice to have on hand. With this simple syrup recipe you can have an easy way to sweeten any drink you are enjoying. From ice tea to lemonade this simple syrup recipe works great. I like to add simple syrup to my mint water I make with the mint from my garden.

You might have heard of simple syrup before and have wondered, what is simple syrup? I know when I first heard the term I didn’t know exactly what it was or how to make it.

But if you like sweetener in your tea or you make homemade lemonade you need to know how to make simple syrup. Yes, it’s true you could just add sugar but by making a simple syrup helps to keep the sweetener dissolved in the liquid so you don’t have a bunch of sugar in the bottom of your cup.

What is simple syrup?

It’s just a mixture of sugar and water to make a sweet liquid to use in drinks of all kinds. Usually the sugar to water ratio is 1 to 1.

How to Make Simple Syrup

With the heat of summer a cool drink is always nice to have on hand. With this simple syrup recipe you can have an easy way to sweeten any drink you are enjoying. From ice tea to lemonade this simple syrup recipe works great. I like to add simple syrup to my mint water I make with the mint from my garden.

Making simple syrup is well, really fairly simple. You’ll need equal parts of sugar and water. I usually use 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar.

Place the two ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil, while stirring. You want to heat the mixture to help dissolve the sugar and help the water take up more of the sugar too.

With the heat of summer a cool drink is always nice to have on hand. With this simple syrup recipe you can have an easy way to sweeten any drink you are enjoying. From ice tea to lemonade this simple syrup recipe works great. I like to add simple syrup to my mint water I make with the mint from my garden.

Once the sugar is dissolved you just need to let it cool to room temperature. While the mixture is cooling, is a great time to add herbs, citrus, or spices to flavor the simple syrup.

Ideas to flavor the Simple Syrup,

  • Mint Leaves
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Slices of Ginger
  • Lemon, Lime or Orange Peels
  • Cloves

If you add in items to flavor the simple syrup, once the mixture is cooled be sure to remove the items before storing the simple syrup. I just strain them out of the liquid with a small strainer. Store the simple syrup in a clean jar with a lid in the refrigerator.

With the heat of summer a cool drink is always nice to have on hand. With this simple syrup recipe you can have an easy way to sweeten any drink you are enjoying. From ice tea to lemonade this simple syrup recipe works great. I like to add simple syrup to my mint water I make with the mint from my garden.

How to Use Simple Syrup

You can use the simple syrup to flavor all kinds of drinks or cocktails. I like to add a little to ice tea, because I just can’t drink regular ice tea without a little sweetener. A little added to mint water makes it taste just a little sweet and more minty. Or at least it tastes more minty to me with a little simple syrup.

Mix the simple syrup with fresh squeezed lemon juice and water to make a delicious fresh made lemonade. This is equally good with fresh lime or orange juice too.

I don’t drink at all but this simple syrup could also be used in cocktails to sweeten them up a bit and make them more tasty. The simple syrup would also work great in ice coffee drinks or even frozen hot chocolate. It is really versatile.

With the heat of summer a cool drink is always nice to have on hand. With this simple syrup recipe you can have an easy way to sweeten any drink you are enjoying. From ice tea to lemonade this simple syrup recipe works great. I like to add simple syrup to my mint water I make with the mint from my garden.

Here’s the printable recipe,

With the heat of summer a cool drink is always nice to have on hand. With this simple syrup recipe you can have an easy way to sweeten any drink you are enjoying. From ice tea to lemonade this simple syrup recipe works great. I like to add simple syrup to my mint water I make with the mint from my garden.
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What is Simple Syrup

Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 1/2 cups
Author Shelly

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup Sugar

Instructions

  • Place the water and in a saucepan.
  • Heat the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Once sugar is dissolved remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • Store in a clean jar with a lid in the refrigerator.

 

Have you made simple syrup before? What drinks do you think you might use simple syrup in? I think my favorite use is in fresh made lemonade.

 

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3 thoughts on “What is Simple Syrup?”

  1. I think the first time I’d ever heard of simple syrup was back when I worked at Dairy Queen as a teenager. 🙂

    This is one of those versatile recipes that’s great to have in case you need it. Thanks for sharing it, Shelly!

  2. I’m so glad that I saw this recipe for simple syrup! I love to drink iced tea in the summer, but I rarely make it at home because, like you, I can’t drink it without sweetener, and it takes forever for the sugar to dissolve (and most of the time it just sits on the bottom of the glass). I’m going to make this to keep in my refrigerator so that I can use it for tea!

    Thanks so much Shelly!

    1. It is really convenient having the simple syrup waiting in the refrigerator to sweeten drinks. I also made a simple mint syrup that is so good too. I’m sure it would be really good in tea. I’ve just been adding a little to my water for a slightly sweet and minty drink.

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