How to Make Simple Syrup

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Simple syrup is just what it claims to be: a syrup that is simple to make and very versatile. It can be used to sweeten iced tea or coffee, mixed in alcoholic drinks, or used in many dessert and fruit recipes. Using simple syrup is better than using sugar in cold drinks such as iced tea because the sugar has already been dissolved. You won’t be left with a pile of un-dissolved sugar at the bottom of your glass.


  • 2 cups of plan sugar

  • 1 cup of water


Step 1: Put the sugar and water into a small non-stick pot over medium heat. Begin stirring. I like to use a wooden spoon for this. Continue to stir gently so that the sugar doesn’t burn.

Step 2: Once most of the sugar has dissolved, and there isn’t a mountain of sugar on the bottom of your pot, turn the heat up to high. Slowly bring everything up to a boil.

Step3: Boil for 3 to 5 minutes, until you can no longer see the sugar granules. Take the pot off the heat and let it cool completely before you use it. It can be stored in an airtight container in your fridge for 2 to 4 weeks. I often store it in an empty water bottle. You can also easily halve this recipe if you don’t need this much.


Use simple syrup to make lemonade, sweeten iced tea or coffee, and to mix alcoholic drinks. You can also toss it with fruit for a yummy treat.


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