Recipe: Simple Syrup

Finally, something that lives up to its name.

There are two ways to make simple syrup:

  1. The easy way. Dump equal parts sugar and water into a pot (recommendation: 1 cup/1 cup). Bring the ingredients to a boil, then remove from heat. Cool. Pour into a bottle, seal, and refrigerate between uses (it’ll keep for a couple of months).
  2. The really easy way. Pour equal parts sugar and water into a bottle or jar. Close it up and shake it like hell for two to three minutes. When the sugar’s dissolved, you’re done. Refrigerate between uses.

Making it slightly more complicated:

  • If you want to extend the shelf life, add a dash of vodka. 
  • Some bartenders prefer “rich” simple syrup, which means a 2:1 ratio of sugar to water. If you like sweeter cocktails, go for it. I’d recommend boiling over shaking, unless you really want to give your arm a workout.

You can also buy simple syrup at the store. But why would you do that? 

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